Term Limits For All Lawmakers?

I came across an interesting comment on one of our stories on witn.com tonight.

I came across an interesting comment on one of our stories on witn.com tonight.

One reader didn't like the idea that lawmakers are considering allowing an increase in taxes to fund road projects.  The individual suggested voting them out of office and that term limits should be in place for all politicians.

Well, what about it?  Should there be term limits for state lawmakers and members of Congress?  If so, how do you think it should be done?  Lawmakers certainly aren't going to suggest such legislation.  It would seem if it's going to happen it will take a grassroots effort by the people, perhaps a voter referendum.

Or maybe you're among those who believe sending politicians back to Raleigh or Washington D.C. year after year is a good thing.


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  • by gary Location: clover,s.c. on Jan 21, 2010 at 12:12 PM
    5 terms should be more than enought most would have become crooks by the 2nd term anyway. their vote should reflect the peoples wishes and not their own. no politican should ever vote his belief but that of the people. voiting is meaning less simply because of the way things are done.
  • by gary Location: clover,s.c. on Jan 8, 2010 at 02:35 AM
    4 two year terms should be enough that way we don't have to put up with a loser very long. put it on a national ballot it will pass. i am feed up with all politicans who never listen to the people who put them in office.
  • by Samuel Location: Alexandria, Va on Aug 2, 2009 at 04:20 AM
    I like the idea of two terms for Representives and four terms (8 years) for Senators. Better than my idea of two terms for each. I forgot that Senators were only two year terms.
  • by stinky Location: Greenville on Mar 18, 2009 at 11:42 PM
    There is no doubt that prolonged exposure to the system influences manipulation of that system. I say we need term limits. No more than 12 years for any seat. Two Senate terms max and 6 Representative terms max.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Mar 18, 2009 at 05:16 PM
    yes they need term limits. When our founding fathers created this government I truly believe they did so with the understanding that people would not hold positions for life like so many are doing. They believed that people would come in do the job and then step aside and let others step up. I think the main problem is that lawmakers dont have the common decency to know when to step down. But he was able to get re-elected you say .....Why was it okay for Strum Thrumond to stay in office until he was 100 when the average person retires or is forced to retire in there 60s. I think with term limits lawmakers people would be more likely to do what they think is right vs doing what will keep them in office.
  • by Old MARINE Location: Newport on Mar 16, 2009 at 10:01 AM
    Our founding fathers envisioned that every citizen would give of his/her time for the good of all. The average man would either assist in the defense of the country or serve in a local office for a term or two. While the more affluent and educated would do the same as Officers in the military or as state and nationally elected officials but this would not be there career. It was naturally assumed that every citizen of this country would return to their original occupation. As an example, all of our founding fathers either maintained their farms/businesses and most eventually returned to them. Today we have career politicians that weather DEM or REP have spent so much time in DC or state capitals that they out of touch with the people that put them there. They act as if it’s just a career and not a responsibility. I feel that every office should have a set term that would allow for this nation to get back to the entent of our founding fathers
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane, NC on Mar 13, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    Mr. Jordan: Just how would we go about a "voter referendum"?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane, NC on Mar 13, 2009 at 06:23 PM
    Yes, there should be a term limit. I would suggest 2 term for congress (I think that equates to 12 years?). If you are not on line in 12 years then you need to go, will also elimate the "forever" congressman like Kennedy and others.
  • by Liza Location: Kinston on Mar 13, 2009 at 04:05 PM
    Career politicians may have a variety of experience. The experience that bothers me the most is their complete understanding and use of corruption and B.S. You underestimate and insult the general public to say there are not enough intelligent, experienced and capable people to suffice a regularly scheduled turnover.
  • by John on Mar 13, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    Term Limits just means we'll have inexperienced politicians in.. new blood is great, but we don't need to mandate it. there are term limits on the presidency, but do you think George W. would have had a chance at Obama, no way. By the same token, Michael Bloomberg faced a term limit but the people of NYC wanted him to stay, so they dropped the limits. If you do your job well you should keep it, if you do it poorly you'll get voted out.
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