Put term limits on Congress

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The Columbia County TEA Party believes the purpose of the federal government is to ensure that the nation’s citizens rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are never taken away. To successfully ensure those rights are not taken away, a Congress made up of citizens from across the country must accomplish two objectives:

• support and sustain the framework and structure of government that allows the nation’s citizens to exercise their rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and

• monitor and constrain government activities to only those specified by the U.S. Constitution so as to never allow the government to become suffocating, oppressive, overbearing or over-reaching into citizens’ constitutionally guaranteed rights.

The number of examples is growing wherein Congress is not meeting one or both of the above two objectives. The prime reason is that members of Congress are besieged by groups and individuals seeking special treatment, variances for businesses, tax law tweaks and other anomalies. Eventually, their good intentions and will to carry out their duties succumbs to the daily, grinding pressure of the job.

How to remedy the problem? Let Congress’ members have a set tour of duty to perform their public service, and then they can return to their families, their homes and their careers as doctors, lawyers, farmers, engineers, business people, etc., to enjoy the their rights as citizens.

Knowing their time in the “hot seat” of Congress is limited, and that they will be allowed to return back to their normal lives after a predetermined length of time, they could withstand the onslaught of special-interest groups to focus on successfully doing the two jobs, spelled out above, that Congress is supposed to do.

We need to allow our Congress members to perform their public service within the protection of term limits, so they can serve their country and proudly return home to enjoy the fruits of their labor, just like the rest of us.

To make the duration of their term long enough to get the job done, yet allow them to return back to their chosen life before they are exhausted, members of the House should have to serve only one four-year term, and members of the Senate one six-year term.

We would get better government by citizens elected from our ranks, and members of Congress wouldn’t have to pay the price of years of servitude, being slowly worn down in a high-stress, thankless job.

Term limits for all members of Congress are a win-win-win for all the citizens, the members of Congress and our nation.

(The writer is the designated spokesman for the Columbia County TEA Party.)

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Retired Army
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Retired Army 04/27/12 - 11:34 pm
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I'll second Mr. Smith's idea

I'll second Mr. Smith's idea as soon as we can get the present Senate to agree that 51 is a majority. Fat chance.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/28/12 - 05:40 am
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Get 'em out of Congress and

Get 'em out of Congress and into lobbying faster. The Tea Party Plan.

desertcat6
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desertcat6 04/28/12 - 06:46 am
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Simplistic, but not

Simplistic, but not realistic. While the temptation of special interest money exists, reducing length of service alone won't fix it. There must be a way to retool and adjust how politicians behave in office. I'm picturing video/auidio/written recordings of all activities, creating donation limits at a reasonable level for organizations and individuals that eliminates loop-holes and equals the playing field, and eliminating elected official's and their staffer's ability play the market directly or indirectly while in office and for two years after. The challenge of eliminating temptation is fighting an up hill battle against entrenched politicians, staffers and the influencers.

The more realistic solution may be the free and open press. A news and analysis organization that dedicates itself to monitoring and reporting on all members of congress, earmark and legistlative activities, and the lobbyists pedaling their wares. Information on the activities on the Hill - unbiased and trusted - could be the easiest way to implement term limits for politicians that lose our trust..

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avidreader 04/28/12 - 09:03 am
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Hooray for common sense.

Hooray for common sense. However, the gentlemen/women in question are the ones who will have to agree to and comply with the rules of term limits. What's the chance that this will happen? The public trust is not as important as a years-long career in politics with all of the savory perks that accompany the job.

Maybe Nancy Pelosi will spearhead the movement. Or, maybe Cynthia McKinney, after she once again rises from the ashes.

My brain hurts just thinking about all of this.

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JRC2024 04/28/12 - 11:10 am
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Maybe they could eliminate

Maybe they could eliminate the continued pay after one is out of office, the exceptional medical benifits for life and the slush funds that they can do with what they want. I just cannot understand why the benifits are so great for elected officials.

Bruno
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Bruno 04/28/12 - 01:02 pm
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Term limits are already set

Term limits are already set now. If we don't want them in we can vote them out.

Bruno
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Bruno 04/28/12 - 04:23 pm
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RA, that is some mighty fine

RA, that is some mighty fine partisan manure in that op-ed piece.

KSL
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KSL 04/28/12 - 08:55 pm
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RA, Pravda on the Potomac?

RA, Pravda on the Potomac?

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TParty 04/28/12 - 11:10 pm
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Why does this term limit

Why does this term limit debate keep coming up? If you don't like the person, vote them out. Just vote them out. It's how our process works. Don't make more complicated rules just because you don't like who is in office, just vote them out.

garner49
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garner49 04/29/12 - 02:32 pm
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I agree; but don't hold your

I agree; but don't hold your breath. They make and vote on the rules.

BUT, you can make it happen by voting them out of office. The voters are just as much to blame by blindly re-electing them.

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