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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Fwd: Term Limit Opening Salvo





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Where there is smoke, you will find the U.S. Term Limits folks trying to extinguish it before it turns into a fire. 
  With the chatter in Lansing growing louder by the week that lawmakers may actually get up enough guts to change the state's term limit law, the pro-term limit lobby has launched an Internet ad campaign to nip this thing in the bud. 
  Using ominous music underneath an announcer who berates lawmakers for trying to fatten their own pockets while the state goes to you-know-where in a hand basket, the commercial suggests that lawmakers should be working on the jobless rate, the housing foreclosure crisis and the deficit instead of fiddling around with the proposed T.L. change. 
  It's this type of preemptive strike that was anticipated and reflects that the nation group is a might worried about what might happen here. If not, they would not be wasting their time on an anti-campaign at this juncture. 
  Lots of folks in this town from former Gov. John Engler on down have seen the errors of their original support for kicking lawmakers out of office before they can season into career politicians. 
  Yet, well over half of Michigan residents think Engler and company are just plain nuts to monkey with the voter approved amendment from 1992. 
  And there in lies the challenge for those who want to change the law. Even if a house committee eventually takes action on this thing, it would take upwards of $5 million or more to turn public opinion around and so far no one has raised their hand to volunteer that much moola. 
  There is one strategy however that might turn the tide and that is linking a change in term limits to a part-time legislature which is equally as popular with Mr. and Mrs. Average Voter. 
  If that thing gets legs, the U.S. Term Limit folks may need more than a cheap Internet ad to win that battle. 
 
 

3 Comments:

Blogger Nelson Lee Walker of tenurecorrupts.com said...

But FIRST, we must create a groundswell, as follows:

A Congress of career politicians will NEVER allow us to constitutionally term limit them by an amendment. But... WE CAN IMPOSE term limits on them in Congressional elections (‘2010, 2012, 2014......):

1. Never reelect your Congressman or Senator.
2. Always vote, but only for the strongest challenger , regardless of party .

If Congress has not passed a term limits bill by 2014, repeat this in 2016, 2018....

Our only intelligent choice is to NEVER REELECT anyone in Congress!

The only infallible, unstoppable, guaranteed way to get a truly new Congress, AND a new politics, is NEVER REELECT ANY INCUMBENT! DO IT EVERY ELECTION until term limits is ratified. In other words, don't let anyone serve more than one term until Congress passes a term limits bill!

NEVER REELECT ANYONE IN CONGRESS. DO IT EVERY ELECTION! ... until we ratify term limits.

Nelson Lee Walker of tenurecorrupts.com

April 13, 2010 at 1:30 PM 
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April 18, 2010 at 10:50 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Term limits for Congress - both House and Senate as well as the Supreme Court make sense. The founding Fathers had a life span of perhaps 60-70 years and propably less. They did not envision life spans of 90 years and plus. John Paul Stevens, as example, is 89 and sharp as a tack. Still, he is of a generation that my Father and most Grandparents of younger generations have long since passed. The point for the Supremes is to ensure we have the "near" current generation invoved - and sustain that. For the Supremes I recommend a 15-20 year life appointment - that is a gerational span.

For Congress - castly different. For the House - 4 year terms and a maximum of 3 for 12 years. In the Senate only two - 6 years each. Half the House elected on a two year basis and the Senate as it is - 1/3 every two years. Limiting Houuse, Senate and Supremes to term limits ensures that no "senority" exists for extended period of time and ensures that each generation has full input to the operation of Government at all levels.

So, who will call - write or visit your Congressperson and state the obvious?

May 11, 2010 at 7:28 PM 

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