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It’s time to revisit term limits in Congress

Posted: July 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Richard Myers’ recent letter in The Signal poses a logical question: if Congress has only a 10 percent favorable rating, why do 90 percent of the incumbents continue to be re-elected? Mr. Myers ends with, “Let’s do something. Any ideas?”

Yes, there is a very good idea to solve the stagnation in Congress and the overwhelming advantage of incumbency: Term limits.

Washington is full of career politicians with ties to special interests and lobbyists. Too many of them are more concerned with preserving their careers than doing the people’s business.

In a recent Gallup survey, 75 percent of Americans support term limits for Congress.

A proposed constitutional amendment which would limit a politician to three terms in the House of Representatives and two terms in the Senate has been introduced in both houses.

Go to for more information and to sign a petition. Also see

A system that rewards poor performance with job security is clearly in need of a shake-up.


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