Term limits should be expanded to all...

Term limits should be expanded to all offices

There are 13 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Aug 28, 2009, titled Term limits should be expanded to all offices. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

The 22nd Amendment was enacted after Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected as president for a fourth term.

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Jim

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Aug 28, 2009
Absolutely, we could call it the Kennedy Bill, and prevent families with wealth from buying their seats at the expense of the country.
tired

Northborough, MA

#2 Aug 28, 2009
Why is president getting too much power any different from person in Senate or Congress? Should be term limits for all.
sean

Lehigh Acres, FL

#3 Aug 28, 2009
2 terms then out
Gleeful

Sterling, MA

#4 Aug 28, 2009
Bravo Amy!
Southie

Lowell, MA

#5 Aug 29, 2009
What a 'tard Amy is. She has no idea how complex government is, and how you need committed, intelligent, and experienced elected officials to run it.

By the way, Amy the simpleton doesn't realize that we already have term limits. We call them "elections."
thinking

Tyngsboro, MA

#6 Aug 30, 2009
Yes, we have elections but due to the ridiculous cost of running an election and the money that special interest groups contribute to incumbents it is almost impossible for an average joe to run and win. I'd love to see some group take up the cause of term limits!
Red Bone

Haverhill, MA

#7 Aug 30, 2009
Southie wrote:
What a 'tard Amy is. She has no idea how complex government is, and how you need committed, intelligent, and experienced elected officials to run it.
By the way, Amy the simpleton doesn't realize that we already have term limits. We call them "elections."
Yes it is too bad it has come to this. The requirements to be a representative are intentionally quite simple (age, citizenship, etc.) as stated in the Admendments to the Constitution. They were made simple so our goverment would be a citizen's governnment. It is true Mr. Smith no longer goes to Washington and that is a shame. We now have only fat cat attorneys who manipulate the system and get payoffs from wealthy interests to maintain their poltical careers. Politics in Amercia should not be a career but a service given during ones career.
sean

Lehigh Acres, FL

#8 Aug 30, 2009
Southie wrote:
What a 'tard Amy is. She has no idea how complex government is, and how you need committed, intelligent, and experienced elected officials to run it.
By the way, Amy the simpleton doesn't realize that we already have term limits. We call them "elections."
here we go again elections are not term limits.
you are too funny thanks for making me laugh
sean

Lehigh Acres, FL

#9 Aug 30, 2009
Red Bone wrote:
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Yes it is too bad it has come to this. The requirements to be a representative are intentionally quite simple (age, citizenship, etc.) as stated in the Admendments to the Constitution. They were made simple so our goverment would be a citizen's governnment. It is true Mr. Smith no longer goes to Washington and that is a shame. We now have only fat cat attorneys who manipulate the system and get payoffs from wealthy interests to maintain their poltical careers. Politics in Amercia should not be a career but a service given during ones career.
soo true
Bronson

Lowell, MA

#10 Aug 30, 2009
George Washington did not run for re-election in 1800 because he died in 1799, but I get your point and feel your frustration.
Geoffrey Feldman

Lowell, MA

#11 Aug 30, 2009
People seem to miss the fact that term limits reduce the power of voters to decide what they want.

The 22nd amendment does make sense because the President has such exceptional power but the arguments for Presidential limits make no sense for any other office. There simply is not such exceptional power in those offices to support a belief that voters could not simply vote someone out of office they didn't like.

Term limits for senators and representatives is especially foolish if other states are not doing the same thing. Our Senators become more powerful to the states benefit with seniority. The Federal government cannot impose such rules on states and so, Term Limits for congress persons would be political and therefore economic suicide for a state.
tired

Northborough, MA

#12 Aug 31, 2009
Southie wrote:
"committed, intelligent, and experienced elected officials"
You can't be describing our politicians. They are only committed to themselves and special interests. Their intelligence is from manipulating the voters.
Hangem High

West Chester, OH

#13 Aug 31, 2009
Maybe someone should ask Marty Meehan about term limits when he decides to run for the Senate. See if he lies to us again.

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