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Old 01-18-2013, 11:15 AM
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Three out of four Americans support term limits for members of Congress, a new poll finds.
According to a Gallup survey posted Friday, 75 percent of adults nationwide back term limits for members of both the House and the Senate, while 21 percent say they would vote against term limits. Term limits received bipartisan support in the poll: Republicans would back such a measure 82-15 percent; independents would do so 79-17 percent and Democrats favored term limits 65-29 percent, even as most incumbents won their races again in November, Gallup noted.
Read more: Poll: 75 percent want Hill term limits - Katie Glueck - POLITICO.com

I think Congress Approval ratings are amusing in some ways.
Disapproval is high, yet we habitually seem to vote the same jokers in.
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Read more: Poll: 75 percent want Hill term limits - Katie Glueck - POLITICO.com

I think Congress Approval ratings are amusing in some ways.
Disapproval is high, yet we habitually seem to vote the same jokers in.
This is what I don't understand. We have term limits. They're called ELECTIONS. If you don't like your rep, VOTE THEM OUT. But you can't make a decision for another district that actually likes the rep of theirs that you hate. Term Limits, effectually, remove the choice from the people. AND there is a loss in institutional knowledge.
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You all remember the Eddie Murphy called The Distinguished Gentleman

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A Florida con man named Thomas Jefferson Johnson uses the passing of the longtime Congressman from his district, Jeff Johnson (who died of a heart attack while having sex with his secretary), to get elected to Congress, where the money flows from lobbyists. Shortening his middle name and calling himself "Jeff" Johnson, he receives the 5000+ signatures required to be on the ballot by becoming endorsed by a seniors organization, the Silver Foxes.
Once on the election ballot, he uses the dead Congressman's old campaign material and runs a low budget campaign that appeals to name recognition, figuring most people do not pay much attention and simply vote for the "name you know." He wins a slim victory and is off to Washington.
Kinda sounds like something that would really happen sadly.
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The reason these guys stay in congress is because it is so profitable. If we could cut their salaries in half and take away their heathcare benefits and make them live with what they want us to have. And, no retirement benefits.
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This is what I don't understand. We have term limits. They're called ELECTIONS. If you don't like your rep, VOTE THEM OUT. But you can't make a decision for another district that actually likes the rep of theirs that you hate. Term Limits, effectually, remove the choice from the people. AND there is a loss in institutional knowledge.
Unfortunately, 'institutional knowledge' also equates to the good ol' boy network, cozy with lobbyists and a higher likelyhood of corruption.

For the most part, I believe 'we the people' no longer matter to most on The Hill.
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This is what I don't understand. We have term limits. They're called ELECTIONS. If you don't like your rep, VOTE THEM OUT. But you can't make a decision for another district that actually likes the rep of theirs that you hate. Term Limits, effectually, remove the choice from the people. AND there is a loss in institutional knowledge.
That's it in a nutshell...

If 75% believe a senator shouldn't have more than two full terms (12 years), then 75% of them should be voting for someone else if/when that senator is running for a third term...Easy breezy...

Telling us what these Americas polled SAY doesn't match up with what these Americans polled DO...
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That's it in a nutshell...

If 75% believe a senator shouldn't have more than two full terms (12 years), then 75% of them should be voting for someone else if/when that senator is running for a third term...Easy breezy...

Telling us what these Americas polled SAY doesn't match up with what these Americans polled DO...
Could it be, by any chance, just maybe, they are voting for the lesser of evils when they re-elect the same representatives?

With true term limits, it removes that particular issue for a 'bad seed' representative....
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This is what I don't understand. We have term limits. They're called ELECTIONS. If you don't like your rep, VOTE THEM OUT. But you can't make a decision for another district that actually likes the rep of theirs that you hate. Term Limits, effectually, remove the choice from the people. AND there is a loss in institutional knowledge.
It just seems like once they are in it is easier for them to stay in. They have the name recognition the power base etc.
I also would like to see term limits for unelected officials, notably the Supreme Court. I think 20 years or age 80 whichever comes first would be fair.
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Could it be, by any chance, just maybe, they are voting for the lesser of evils when they re-elect the same representatives?

With true term limits, it removes that particular issue for a 'bad seed' representative....
But that changes the answer...

If what they MEANT was "75% approve of term limits...UNLESS the other candidate(s) suck.", then just say so...

This poll doesn't say that...
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Read more: Poll: 75 percent want Hill term limits - Katie Glueck - POLITICO.com

I think Congress Approval ratings are amusing in some ways.
Disapproval is high, yet we habitually seem to vote the same jokers in.


Answer is complex yet simple to a point. And I don't dare revel my opinion to this, what I see as a problem.

to term limits. As I have been saying for over 4 years now.
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