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What if we don’t like who we elected?

It’s really doesn’t matter what we think. Once elected to the House or Senate most House incumbents are re-elected 94% of the time and Senators are re-elected 83% of the time.(1) There are many reasons why politicians are re-elected but the most common reason is because we don’t vote and when we do vote we have short-term memory loss of how bad some of our elected officials have represented us!

To change the current incumbent re-election nightmare the idea of ‘term limits’ has been re-introduced as a solution. A solution that requires a Constitutional Amendment as decided by the United States Supreme Court in 1995 in U.S Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton, 514 U.S. 779. (2)

Understanding the facts about term limits:

Pros and Cons for term limits: (common themes from varies researched sources)
Pros:
Re-elections rates will decrease
Increase politicians to vote on principle
Creates an environment for lower taxes, less government, and more voter participation
Creates new ideas
Decreases the power of staff and lobbyist
Cons:
Reduce the power of Congress because of the loss of control over bureaucracy
Loss of knowledge and experience
Increase the power of staff, lobbies, and bureaucracy
Terminates the good politicians along with bad

Facts about term limit support:
 term limits for Congressional seats are supported by 73% according one of the lasted scientific poll(3)
 Pulse Opinion Research Poll (2008) found that 83% polled supported term limits (4)

Grassroots efforts for ‘term limits’:
 The National Term Limits Coalition and Smart Girl Politics have combined efforts to push for National Term Limits:
No member of the United States Senate may be elected for more than two (2) consecutive terms. No member of the House of Representatives may be elected to more than six (6) consecutive terms… (5)
 ACT NOW:
Section 1.
No person shall be elected to the office of Representative more than four consecutive times, …
Section 2.
No person shall be elected to the office of Senator more than two consecutive times, and no person who has held the office of Senator, … (6)
Why is it so hard to create a Constitutional Amendment for term limits?
“Asking an incumbent member of Congress to vote for (congressional) term limits is a bit like asking a chicken to vote for Colonel Sanders.”
~ Congressman Bob Inglis

Other references:
Smart Girl Politics
http://smartgirlpolitics.ning.com/

References:
1- Open Secrets
http://www.opensecrets.org/bigpicture/elec_stats.php?cycle=2008
2- Term Limits in the United States
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Term_limits_in_the_United_States
3- The National Term Limits Coalition
http://www.tntlc.org/
4 – ACT NOW
http://actnowus.org/history%20of%20term%20limits.html
5- The National Term Limits Coalition
http://www.tntlc.org/
6- ACT NOW
http://actnowus.org/history%20of%20term%20limits.html