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West calls for congressional term limits

by George Bennett | October 11th, 2010

West

West

Republican congressional challenger Allen West says House members should serve no more than eight years and Senators no more than 12. And no legislator should serve more than 12 years in combined House and Senate service, West says.

If term limits aren’t made law, West says he’d voluntarily abide by them anyways.

“I do not want to stay up in Washington, D.C., and become part of the culture that I think is corrupting people,” said West, who’s running against two-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Klein.

Boehner

Boehner

West brought up term limits in a discussion of House Minority Leader John Boehner’s visit to West Palm Beach this morning to promote West’s campaign. West said the GOP “Pledge To America” that Boehner and other GOP leaders put forward last month falls short because it doesn’t mention term limits. West said he also wished the manifesto had more detail about curbing illegal immigration and about banning earmarks and pork-barrel spending.

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4 Responses to “West calls for congressional term limits”

  1. unreal Says:

    I have always been a proponent of term limits, because we want people who are in there for the idealistic reasons.
    What might be better would be for people to give up their party membership while they are in office and to kick the parties out of the legislative process. This would only really work if there was a single term limit.
    The problem we face is that an election cycle harms the public when politicians fail to act on pressing issues, or act irrationally and ineptly to deal with a problem for political gain.
    Look at Charlie and how he tried to burn the republicans with the Constitutional ban on offshore drilling.
    The amendment was worthless, as there are already statutes on the books preventing that. But it took up people’s time and efforts to deal with because of a political fight.
    We are not beholden to the parties, and it is time that our elected officials are not either. The parties are nothing but thugs who twist the arms of their members to vote a certain way. It is criminal.

  2. Mike Says:

    I agree with term limits. Crazy to see people that have spent decades in DC. I’m voting out incumbents this year. Fresh faces to Washington!

  3. Ana Says:

    I don’t remember that in the Constitution…Thought he was a strict constructionist.
    Term limits are inherently undemocratic because they prevent one from voting for the person they choose.
    We already have term limits they are called elections.

  4. Barry Marcus Says:

    West is correct. Term limits for Congress is a necessity in order to minimize the corruption that now determines how legislation is enacted and enforced. Term limits would require an amendment to the Constitution — which is now feasible because 70% of the people support it. Corruption in Congress is the main driving force behind the Tea Party movement. Corruption in Congress is the primary reason that we are $14 trillion in debt and suffering a 15% + unemployment rate. It seems obvious that elections themselves are not the answer to corruption, because the sheer magnitude of campaign communications purchased with special interest contributions/bribes overwhelms the clean candidate’s ability to get his message to the voters. The playing field is drastically tilted in favor of the corruptible candidates who are willing to sell their office to the highest bidder. The bids from the special interest groups who are willing to bribe a condidate are very large because they know that once in office, it will be relatively easy to keep the bribed candidate in office perpetually by generously financing his reelection campaign. For them, it requires a much smaller investment to maintain a bribed Congressman in office than it does to corrupt a new candidate. New candidates must be stroked, nursed and cultivated before they succumb to the culture of corruption that pervades Washington. That process of initiating a new candidate to the culture of corruption is not inexpensive and not without political risk. It requires a considerable initial investment. Without the ability to maintain the bribed candidate in office over a long period of time, the cost of bribery becomes a disincentive to those who would otherwise be inclined to bribe.

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