Another Argument for Congressional Term Limits

The argument against term limits for Congressmen and Senators is that it takes a term in congress to become thoroughly familiarized with Washington and gather enough seniority to gain power in committees.  Some might hold that this is exactly the reason we need term limits.  If everyone was limited to one term no one would have seniority.

Another argument against term limits has been that limiting congressmen and women to one term would force them to become lobbyists with more understanding of how things work than the newly elected representatives would have.  That is another argument in favor of doing something about the power of lobbies. Of course, lobbyists have no power; it is the special interests who hire them who have power, power that they don’t want to relinquish.

Most arguments have proposed to limit the number of lobbyists, limit the funding of lobbyists or in some other way limit their influence.  Some have argued, however, that the solution to lobbying it more lobbying to offset the lobbies influence

Over the last couple of months two men have made a powerful argument for term limits: John McCain (R) AZ and Bob Corker (R) TN.  John McCain to his credit has always been unpredictable, as he says a maverick, but now with a brain tumor he stood up against the passage of the Unaffordable Care Act and held the deciding vote for its failure.  His argument was not against the act, but against power politics.  He urged Republicans to send the bill to committee where a bipartisan plan could be formulated.

John McCain has the same sort of highly malignant brain tumor that Ted Kennedy had, and the likelihood that he will stand for reelection is slim.

Bob Corker has announced that he does not plan to run for re-election, to retire.  Consequently, he has been the little boy announcing that the emperor wears no clothes.  He recently commented that the White House has become an adult day care center. “It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

President Trump, attempting to gain control over Corker has encouraged him to run for re-election offering his support.  Corker, so far, has not swayed in his resolution.

If there were term limits every politician could feel free to speak his or her mind.  There would be no need to pander the base.  The swamp would be drained.  Politicians could go home to whatever career thay had before they were sent to Washington. Of course, business and special interests would still try to get someone who thinks like them elected, but we might have a congress that looks more like America.

The only thing standing in the way of term limits is Congress.

This was inspired by a comment made on another post about Washington effectively setting the term for president to four years because he was a reluctant president.

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Comment by koshersalaami on October 10, 2017 at 5:47am

Why would new candidates be less dependent on lobbyists? They need money to run.

Another issue is governmental expertise. I don't mean political expertise. Committees get specialized, and experience is accumulated - and matters - in all sorts of areas like finances, foreign affairs, and weapons systems. Legislators become experts over time. 

I think campaign finance reform is critical but that term limits is not. 

Comment by Steel Breeze on October 10, 2017 at 5:52am

most folk i know have been callin for limits my whole life.....nuthin happens....i'd also like to see the pres limited to a one time 6 year term,since most don't do much till in their 2nd term and don't have to worry bout runnin....

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 10, 2017 at 6:37am

Steel Breeze, I don't see this ever happening.  I was acquainted with an uber conservative during the Clinton years.  He was obsessed with term limits and was writing a book about the same.  As soon as Clinton was elected to a second term he quit talking about it.  Most proponents seem to be for it when the other side is in.  A smaller number support it because they think it would be good for our democracy, it seems.

Comment by Steel Breeze on October 10, 2017 at 6:40am

agree..

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 10, 2017 at 7:35am

SOME STATES limit Gubernatorial terms, Virginia, for example:  one-and-out, and I just don't see any evidence it makes for more effective government. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 10, 2017 at 7:35am

SOME STATES limit Gubernatorial terms, Virginia, for example:  one-and-out, and I just don't see any evidence it makes for more effective government. 

Comment by Ron Powell on October 10, 2017 at 11:30am

Term limits without real campaign reform would be a huge mistake and an exercise in futility. 

We do desparately need both.

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