Join if you support term limits, especially for the U.S. Congress. What should the limits be? Share and discuss your ideas?
Latest Activity: Oct 21, 2014
Getting special interest money out is the ideal solution.
But until that happens, the only way to reduce the financial incentive to give big money to candidates is to limit terms. Investing in a candidate who will only be doing 1 term if elected makes it far less "profitable" for big money donors. It also makes the candidate less beholden to his donors when elected.
Imagine a Congressional representative who has no incentive to solicit campaign contribution for his re-election campaign, since he has no chance of being re-elected due to term limits. He'd no longer be beholden to his biggest campaign contributors. As such, he'd have far more incentive to do the right thing while in office, instead of doing the bidding of his biggest campaign contributors.
Congress should be limited to two four year terms. Present members of congress would be "grandfathered" otherwise they would never vote for it. Eventually those grandfathered would be voted out, die or retire.
Since corporations are considered individuals that are able to contribute unlimited funds to political campaigns, limit contributions of all individuals. In this fashion all participants have the same opportunity to contribute but this limits their influence. Prospective candidates would all be treated equally.
Another way to accomplish term limits would be to limit the donations a candidate can receive to a given amount.No individual or corporation would be able to influence the candidate in a negative way.
Robert Stark wrote (about the effect of term limits on good politicians: "They termed out and likely replaced with someone who is not so great."
Question: What is the basis of this "likelihood" you see? Do you have a sense that there are more corruptible Citizens in Our Nation, than non- (or less) corruptible?
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