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A Republican senator has introduced a constitutional amendment that would apply term limits to all members of Congress. U.S. Representatives would serve a maximum of three two-year terms, and U.S. senators would serve a maximum of two six-year terms.
"Americans know real change in Washington will never happen until we end the era of permanent politicians," said Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who sponsored the amendment. Co-sponsors include Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.).
"As long as members have the chance to spend their lives in Washington, their interests will always skew toward spending taxpayer dollars to buyoff special interests, covering over corruption in the bureaucracy, fundraising, relationship building among lobbyists, and trading favors for pork – in short, amassing their own power,’ DeMint said in a news release announcing the proposed amendment.
DeMint noted that over the last 20 years, Washington politicians have been reelected about 90 percent of the time because the system is heavily tilted in favor of incumbents. “If we really want to put an end to business as usual, we’ve got to have new leaders coming to Washington instead of rearranging the deck chairs as the ship goes down.”
Sen. Coburn echoed the call to replace “career politicians” with “citizen legislators who care more about the next generation than their next election.”
As for those who argue that only long-serving, experienced politicians have the skills to lead the nation – look how it’s working out, DeMint said: “It wasn’t the ‘people’ who gave us a $12 trillion debt, an IRS tax code seven times longer than the Bible, over 1,700 departments of the federal government, trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, $100 trillion long-term shortfall in Social Security and Medicare, the Wall Street and auto bailouts, and the pending health care takeover.”
Originally posted by WTFover
Third, Kay Bailey Hutchison is leaving congress, anyway. Unfortunately for us Texans she is running for Governor.
Fourth, we, the voter, have the power of term limits in our hands, when we cast our ballots.
Originally posted by drwizardphd
Well, kudos to those three senators for actually thinking about what's best for the country.
Sadly, I agree with you that this will probably go nowhere. There are far too many career politicians in Washington, and they would never vote away their cash-cow.
However, OP, I really would recommend against making this about partisan politics. There are career politicians on both sides of the political spectrum, and I can guarantee you that there will be republicans voting against this measure. When it comes to something that directly affects the politician's lifestyle, party politics go out the window in favor of self-preservation. This is, sadly, why something like this will probably never pass.
And as another poster said, SC justices are also desperately in need of term-limits. As it stands, these people hold far too much power in this country.