Pros and Cons of Term Limits

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  • Topic: Term of office, Term limit, Politics
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| | |TERM LIMITS | | | | |Arguments in favor… |Arguments against… | | | | | |A failure by what standard? The procedures established by the Founding| |The current Congress is a dismal failure and is desperate need of new |Fathers have served us very well for over two hundred years, thank you| |ideas, procedures, and influence. |very much, and have made the U.S the strongest, most prosperous | | |country in the world. | | | | |Political machines make it very difficult to remove incumbents from |The founding fathers established a system of checks and balances that | |office. |deliberately made it difficult to remove officeholders such as judges | | |and legislators. This was intended as a check on the people, a way of | | |preventing “mob rule” from destabilizing the life of the nation. | | | | | |Term limits kick out the good leaders who may deserve to stay in | | |office for excellent work. | | | | | |Every job has a learning curve, and Congress is no exception. Any new | | |politicians would have to go through that when they come into office. | | | | | |Politicians who leave office take with them a lot of experience and | | |contacts that are essential to get things done. New leaders would have| | |to develop these from scratch. | | | | |Lobbyists and big-money campaign contributors usually direct their |In a 2005 study, U of I political science scholar Chris Mooney found | |efforts at those in power, making it difficult for a new candidate to |that term limits tend to increase the power and number of lobbyists, | |get off the ground. |and also lead them to act less...
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