Wednesday, November 11, 2009

GOP senators push for term limits? Give me a Break!

CNN is reporting that a handful of Republican senators have proposed a constitutional amendment to limit how long a person may serve in Congress.

Currently, there are no term limits for federal lawmakers, but Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, and several of his colleagues are advocating that service in the Senate be limited to 12 years, while lawmakers would only be allowed to serve six years in the House.

"Americans know real change in Washington will never happen until we end the era of permanent politicians," DeMint said in a statement released by his office. "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."

Two-thirds of the House and Senate would need to approve the amendment -- a stumbling block that short-circuited the idea 14 years ago. The new proposal echoes the Citizen Legislature Act, part of the original Contract with America proposed by Republicans before they won control of Congress in 1994.
This will never happen in my opinion. These lawmakers love the power & influence they enjoy as a congressman or a senator. Some of these politicians have made a career out of this, some have gotten rich as a result. I really hope we do have term limits. Some of these Politicians have stay way too long. Maybe having term limits can result in getting more things done in Washington & get this country moving forward.

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