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Term Limits in Congress: Yes or No?

 Patrick J. Leahy is the current senior Senator from Vermont.  If elected, in January, he will begin his 44th year as senator. To give you an example of how old that is, the Vietnam war was ending, and the first blockbuster movie Jaws had just came out. He is the longest serving, current senator.

This story has to deal with term limits. The president is the only major, federal office, who has term limits. The vice president, congressman, and all other offices are free of a term limit.

 This, is very controversial. When things get heated between the public, and our congressmen in Washington, the term limit issue is usually brought up. There are compelling arguments to each side, and I, personally, am split on the issue.

Yes on Term Limits

 The main reason people want term limits is that Congressmen are becoming too powerful and are separating from their voters, who they represent. Many lawmakers may view being elected as career and not a temporary mission.

 Instead of paying attention to the issues that they are voting on, many congressmen may spend their time fundraising, for their re-election campaign, and campaigning.

No on Term Limits

 The argument against term limits usually consists of this: "There are term limits every six years when we decide to vote them in or out of office.".  While I personally believe this, I find some issues with it.

 Our congressmen are currently so deep in the pocket of the lobbyists, that they now have these huge cash sums backing their campaigns. Unseating an incumbent, as an opponent, can be very hard. To give you an account of how much money is up for grabs, since 1998 the NRA has spent over 200 million dollars on political spending. 


 In conclusion, while it may seem attractive to some people, term limits may not be the best or most realistic idea. If a bill were to make it to congress, it would never be voted for. It would essentially require our representatives in Washington to fire them selves.

 Other alternatives, that make races more competitive while letting voters be allowed to vote for whoever they want should be researched, and looked in to.


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