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  • It's Something to Think About
    Detroit57
    I think we would see a change in who runs for office. Knowing it's not a lifetime job would make some possible candidates change their mind. After all, who would spend the money on a campaign knowing the job was only for 6 years?
    How can you change the rules in the middle of the game? Going from high 3 to high 5 could mean the loss of $2000 a year that will never be recovered. Where is the integrity? Why should the "best and brightest" consider federal service when they hear they won't get a raise for 5 years and we might keep our word when you get ready to retire and we might not?
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  • I served my 30 year sentence and bailed out immediately before they could hump me any further. Peace on 'em.
    The Original Joe S
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  • Be careful
    Moderate
    A term limit is not a panacea. A elected member does his time in office. Do you think he (she) will not have a great deal of influence as to who will be the next office older? Do you not think that this person will push for the same type of person as the elcted official? Do you not think that the Party (Democratic or Republican) will push its candidate? I do not think there would be much of a change if term limits for Congress went into effect. Also, this is a Constitutional issue. It is tough to pass an amendment. I would say let the people decide.
    worker
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  • I could get on board with the one six-year term for all
    Tufelhunden
    That would simplify many things.
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  • The Presidency is term limited...
    FERS Fed
    ...why not Congress? ..... And for all those who say every election is an opportunity to limit terms, go back and re-read the part about gerrymandered congressional districts.
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  • Ever heard of primaries?
    Rob
    Congressional districts are gerrymandered no doubt about it; however folks are given a chance every election cycle to "primary" the incumbent. You're not going to get too many people to cross party lines and vote an incumbent out of office, but why not take the opportunity to kick the incumbent out in the primary? You can still vote for your party you're just voting for a different guy in the party. We the people have the power to boot incompetent politicians out of office yet we don't do it. That makes us just as incompetent as the folks we keep sending to Washington.
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  • "...why not take the opportunity to kick the incumbent out in the primary?"
    FERS Fed
    Two reasons come to mind. 1) In some (especially 'red')states, voters registered for one party cannot vote in the other party's primary and vice versa; and 2) incumbents' primary opponents are usually even more extreme, e.g., Tea Partiers. ..... The reality is, if a legislator can't make a difference in a term or two, then they NEED to go. ..... We don't allow Presidents-for-life. We shound't allow legislators-for-life.
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  • Gibberish
    Rob
    You have absolutely no facts or data to support such a statement as ..."incumbents' primary opponents are usually even more extreme".....As I said above I support term limits since voters can't seem to figure out how to vote people out of office.
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  • "... absolutely no facts or data ..."?
    FERS Fed
    Richard Mourdock, Indiana. Todd Akin, Missouri. Allen West, Florida. Yup, no facts there.
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  • More Gibberish
    Rob
    There are roughly 470 congressional seats up for election every 2 years and you throw out 3 names to support your claim that...."incumbents' primary opponents are usually even more extreme"....Enough of that nonsense.
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  • "...470 congressional seats..."
    FERS Fed
    ...most of which, given the advantages of incumbency, faced no serious primary challenges. But in Tea Party-targeted primaries, I gave you the 1st three that came to mind. There were/are plenty more ..... So, there you have it, folks. In Right-wing World, Richard Mourdock [pregnancy by rape is God's intention], Todd Akin ['legitimate' rape], and Allen West [80 House Democrats are communists] would NOT be examples of extreme political candidates.
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  • Open Primaries are Free For Alls / Believe the problem might be the Same Party Voter
    RW
    I disagree that a closed primary system, found in DC, MD and other states is the cause of all (or even much) Congressional idiocy. I firmly believe that the open primaries cause more problems than they solve. I believe the issue might be the Same/Single Party Voter; "I don't have to know anything about the candidate --- S/He's a _____, and so am I, so I will vote for them" instead of finding out anything about the record of the individual in question.
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  • "however folks are given a chance every election cycle to "primary" the incumbent. "
    Steven P
    As they are with the presidential candidates. Why does Congress get a pass on term limits it has imposed upon the President? Hypocrisy, plain and simple, on the part of Congress.
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  • Term Limits? You Bet
    Rob
    It's a great idea. There's nothing I'd rather see than the clock run out on Nancy Pelosi. Yes, I grow tired of the same old republican faces as well. I thought we were finally done with Chuck Hagel; guess not.....I'm not so sure I want "the people" deciding on pay raises for congress. "The People" already have the ultimate power; they can fire these guys. On the surface it seems like a great idea for "the people" to decide whether congress is worthy of a pay raise, but what if "the people" could also vote on pay raises for the rest of the federal gov't? Probably not a good idea.
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  • "Is it time to consider term limits?"
    SubSailor
    It's way past time. Terms should be no longer than two six year terms for senators, and six two year terms for reps. Also, discontinue the generous pension, and life time benefits. Also, add the XXVIII Amendment to the Constitution. They are no better than those they serve.
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  • Super Bowl Know it all? Who Dat?
    contrarian
    I'm on board with the term limits. Some of those octogenarians seem pretty feeble.
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