Term Limits will help to stop Career Politicians

I agree with Mark Twain:

No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. -Mark Twain (1866 )

Rick Perry says:

I will talk about having a part-time Congress. Cut their pay in half. Cut their time in Washington in half. Cut their staff in half. Send them home. Let them get a job like everybody else back home has.

Thomas Jefferson said:

“Whenever a man cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.”

Mark Petracca of University of California said:

The American Republic is once again at risk. This time the threat lies not in internal disorder or foreign predators but in the contemporary exigencies of professionalism and careerism that dominate American politics.

Our Congressional representatives are becoming richer and richer.  According to Open Secrets, about 47 percent of Congress, or 250 current members of Congress, are millionaires, according to a new study by the Center for Responsive Politics of lawmakers’ personal financial disclosure forms covering calendar year 2010.

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About jlue

I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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4 Responses to Term Limits will help to stop Career Politicians

  1. smijer says:

    Probably the majority of Americans are for term limits. But the majority of people who would be subject to them are against them. And they are the ones that make the laws.


    • jlue says:

      Right. “At Alliance for Bonded Term Limits” there is a plan in place. It will only work if a grass roots movement is begun that is at least as strong as the Tea Party whereby candidates know they will be one term either way. They will vote for term limits or they will be voted out and they accept the following:

      Ordinary candidates tell voters they support term limits until it comes time to actually do so. Bonded Term Limit candidates prove their integrity to voters by pledging a portion of their personal assets which are forfeited to charity if they break their promise. They actually put their money where their mouths are. Limiting their own terms is the one promise all politicians can keep.

      The other way is call for a constitutional convention which is dangerous in today’s political climate with so many wanting so many different things. It would be hard to keep it to a one issue convention.

      It is my opinion that Americans are going to have to stop fighting among themselves and join ranks if we are going to make it as a nation. All this fighting among ourselves is just what career politicians want. This keeps them from being scrutinized. They love it when OWS is looking at CEOs or when class warfare is waged. They love it when racial hatred is keeping the nation divided. They love it when we can’t agree on who should be taxed or how much. They love it when we fight each other instead of watching what they are doing.


  2. Ken Benway says:

    Thank you for highlighting this new concept in governance. Bonded Term Limits is a non-legislative remedy to the corrosive effects of too long within the Beltway and State House cultures. We see Bonded Term Limits as a bridge to the likely-years long process of actually establishing laws that limit Congressional (and logically, Supreme Court) terms in office. It is important to understand that when a candidate says he or she supports term limits, they know that it will take themselves and a majority of the 500+ legislators in the Congress to make it a reality.
    But, when a candidate signs his or her name on the Bonded Term Limits promissory note (see the downloadable Candidate Pledge Starter Kit at our website) that stipulates a specific number of terms, and a significant portion of their personal worth to be forfeit should the renege, in addition to the negative publicity surrounding such an event, you can see that a Bonded Term Limits candidate has ” some skin in the game”, unlike the typical candidate who pays lip-service to term limits but then points to the the 500+ members of congress when no majority can be achieved to push legislation through. If each candidate pledged no more than three terms (six years) in the House and two terms (twelve years) in the Senate, and then return home to their “real” professions, to their families and neighbors to live under the same laws they helped establish, this country would be well served by more eager, competent, honorable citizens than we tolerate now … at both US and State levels.
    Point as many people as possible to our web site. Ask them to download the Candidate Pledge Kit, and ask them to challenge their candidates to commit to a bonded term limit pledge. If the candidates refuse, demand that they explain their reasoning.
    We are a grassroots, non-profit, non-partisan 501 (c)(3) organization in PInehurst, NC. Please visit our we site at http://bondedtermlimits.org , spread our word, donate if you see fit.
    I urge you to keep up these key discussions about our currently Constitutional Republic form of governance.

    Best regards and Merry Christmas to you all,
    Ken Benway
    President, Alliance for Bonded Term Limits
    Whispering Pines, North Carolina


  3. Revenue shortfalls require mid-year budget cuts. When projections don’t meet spending, legislation has to have clauses that allows for cut backs. Over the last few years budget estimate have gone over at just the 4-6 month mark. You simply can’t keep spending when you don’t have money.


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