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Old 02-05-2014, 11:55 AM   #1
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Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) filed a bill on Tuesday that would amend the Constitution and impose term limits on members of Congress.

The measure would call for a maximum of 24 years of service for lawmakers, with 12 years each in both the House and Senate.

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Lawmakers in the House are up for election every two years, while senators’ terms run six years. The Constitution, however, does not limit the number of terms a person can serve.

“Believe me, 24 years is more than enough time to serve in Washington. (I actually pushed for much shorter terms but compromised at 12+12 in order to gain the support of additional co-sponsors),” Mulvaney said in a statement on Wednesday. "And I want to thank my friends Steve Scalise (R-La.), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) and Steve Palazzo (R-Miss.) for their work in getting this bill together."

The introduction of the bill comes after a series of polls have indicated Congress’s approval rating is at record lows. A Gallup poll in January found 13 percent of people approved of the job that Congress is doing. During the government shutdown in October, the approval rating stood at just 5 percent.

“Now the question becomes: How can we convince enough members of Congress that they are the problem?” Mulvaney added.

In 2012, then-Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) proposed a similar amendment that would place limits on how long members of Congress could serve.

The Senate overwhelmingly rejected DeMint’s measure, voting 75 to 24 against it.

At the time, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) voiced opposition to the amendment, having already served three terms himself.

"For some members of Congress, two years in office is too long and for some members of Congress, 20 years in office is not long enough," Durbin said. "Who should make that decision? The Constitution in its wisdom says the voters of America make that decision. Let's stand by that Constitution and its language and defeat this sense of the Senate resolution."

Before the mid-1990s, nearly two-dozen states previously limited how many terms their representatives in Congress could serve.

In 1995, however, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton that states could not determine the length of service their representatives at the national level could serve.

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Let me guess Dem/Libs. "This bill is racist!"
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:09 PM   #2
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Dude and his bill are about to be capped by his own party.
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:17 PM   #3
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Let me guess Dem/Libs. "This bill is racist!"

It's unconstitutional so neither party will support it.
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:40 PM   #4
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It's unconstitutional so neither party will support it.
It doesn't stop them from amending the constitution when it supports their agenda, but there's no way they'll vote themselves out of a career.
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It doesn't stop them from amending the constitution when it supports their agenda, but there's no way they'll vote themselves out of a career.
This. As I've said multiple times before, I would be for term limits as long as we can make it next to impossible for corporations and the monied aristocracy in this country (and others) to buy and rig elections.

Since that won't happen because of the reasons you list as well as others, this is all kind of a moot point.
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It doesn't stop them from amending the constitution when it supports their agenda, but there's no way they'll vote themselves out of a career.
Politicians will always act in their best self interest.

Unfortunately, too many voters are partisan sheep and don't 'cull the herd.'
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:02 PM   #7
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This. As I've said multiple times before, I would be for term limits as long as we can make it next to impossible for corporations and the monied aristocracy in this country (and others) to buy and rig elections.

Since that won't happen because of the reasons you list as well as others, this is all kind of a moot point.
I guess you are ok with Unions and non-profits not influencing things either huh?
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:30 PM   #8
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I guess you are ok with Unions and non-profits not influencing things either huh?
Absolutely.

There should be very moderate caps with increasingly graduated amounts for each level of public office. In my perfect world, we would hire a non-partisan outside group to analyze the amount of money spent on elections pre- and post-Citizens United that makes a determination of how much each elected position can spend during a campaign.

Just for sake of argument, for example (and I made these numbers ridiculously low on purpose): Representatives could spend up to $100,000 on their campaign, Senators $500,000, Presidents $1,000,000. Obviously they would have to scale it to districting and state populations.

That would do a lot in leveling the playing field. Add in making the entire first week in November Election Week, enacting a law preventing exit polling to prevent news organizations and the like from calling races before the polls close to discourage people from voting, and I think things would look very different in Washington.

Again, this is my perfect world solution. I realize it will never happen.
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The amt of money spent by unions is nothing In comparison to what is spent by corporations.
Unions true influence derives from it's ability to get out the vote via as a voting block and more importantly it's ability to organize people to phone bank,knock on doors etc. volunteers for campaigns.

Corporations don't have that kind of organizing ability, and as a result can't compete. It's why you saw such a strong push against unions after the 2008 elections and to this day.

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I guess you are ok with Unions and non-profits not influencing things either huh?
Non-profits like the NFL? So many non-profits are complete jokes when their boards and CEOs are making millions.

I think it would benefit us all if unions, non-profits, for-profits, and individual spending on candidates and acting politicians was absolutely disclosed and/or capped.
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Non-profits like the NFL? So many non-profits are complete jokes when their boards and CEOs are making millions.

I think it would benefit us all if unions, non-profits, for-profits, and individual spending on candidates and acting politicians was absolutely disclosed and/or capped.
I agree completely. All I'm saying is a unions influence isn't reliant on the money we spend.
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The amt of money spent by unions is nothing In comparison to what is spent by corporations.
Unions true influence derives from it's ability to get out the vote via as a voting block and more importantly it's ability to organize people to phone bank,knock on doors etc. volunteers for campaigns.

Corporations don't have that kind of organizing ability, and as a result can't compete. It's why you saw such a strong push against unions after the 2008 elections and to this day.
Yeah but corporation give a lot to dems also. Unions never give to repubs. That is why you can't cut off one and leave the other.
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Yeah but corporation give a lot to dems also. Unions never give to repubs. That is why you can't cut off one and leave the other.
Wrong. The Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed a republican president every year in recent history except 1996 when they endorsed Clinton, and 2012 when they didn't endorse anyone.

IAFF generally leans republican as well.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:36 AM   #15
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Who in there right mind would vote to limit how long your career can be? You will never get a majority. Dems and Repubs are in cahoots to keep power and until we realize that we will keep having choices like Hilliary Clinton/Insert cookie cutter conservative here type elections.

Does anyone really believe Hilliary has proven she should be running foreign policy and be commander in chief of the military? Cmon how can even liberals believe that?
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Who in there right mind would vote to limit how long your career can be? You will never get a majority. Dems and Repubs are in cahoots to keep power and until we realize that we will keep having choices like Hilliary Clinton/Insert cookie cutter conservative here type elections.

Does anyone really believe Hilliary has proven she should be running foreign policy and be commander in chief of the military? Cmon how can even liberals believe that?
No one has ever been able to prove that they can run foreign policy or be president prior to getting elected. Not Reagon,not GHWB, surely not GWB? Hell GWB proved he couldn't do it.
If all you got is bogus scandals then you got nothing. I'd rather see a Bernie sanders type run for pres. But Hillary trumps anything conservatives can put up.
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Yeah but they can prove they can't run it. Hilliary does not get high marks for her stay as SOS.

her peace plan in Afghanistan fell apart. She made no headway in the Palestinian/Isreali conflict. She failed to keep embassies safe and Benghazi was the result. Our relationship with Russia at an all time low. The handling of Syria leaves a lot to be desired, it's a mess. Hell what did she do that screams to liberals she should be commander in friggin chief of the worlds biggest military?

Quite frankly it's a scary thought.
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Yeah but they can prove they can't run it. Hilliary does not get high marks for her stay as SOS.

her peace plan in Afghanistan fell apart. She made no headway in the Palestinian/Isreali conflict. She failed to keep embassies safe and Benghazi was the result. Our relationship with Russia at an all time low. The handling of Syria leaves a lot to be desired, it's a mess. Hell what did she do that screams to liberals she should be commander in friggin chief of the worlds biggest military?

Quite frankly it's a scary thought.
That would be your opinion, but from what I've seen it's a minority opinion.

Again if conspiracy theories are all the right has to attack her with, then you guys got nothing.
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Yeah but they can prove they can't run it. Hilliary does not get high marks for her stay as SOS.

her peace plan in Afghanistan fell apart. She made no headway in the Palestinian/Isreali conflict. She failed to keep embassies safe and Benghazi was the result. Our relationship with Russia at an all time low. The handling of Syria leaves a lot to be desired, it's a mess. Hell what did she do that screams to liberals she should be commander in friggin chief of the worlds biggest military?

Quite frankly it's a scary thought.
Like it or not, Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate out there. Hell she is the most qualified to run the last 50+ years.
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Never happen, members of Congress are only in session 120 days a year. WTF would they want to put term limits on such a great gig?
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