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  • #49
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    @Bill2E Agreed. After one term most are so corrupt if not before they should be on the most wanted list. Can you imagine the bull this guy has dished out to have served this long. I wonder how many undeserved pay raises and health benefits this guy has voted for himself.
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    Term limits are for the ignorant. How could we give lobbyists even more power and control over our lives? Term limits.
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    He's also proof we need term limits. When I read about his "career", all I can think about is the "career" part if it.
    He's been there way way to long. Time to send him home.
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    Yeah, he's a Dingell-berry, he needs to go home. There are not very many politicians, federal or state level that any more than 2 terms could be justified. 2 terms should be the strict limit, state & federal, then send em home. No lifetime benefits, they're supposed to serve us, not us serve them!
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    That's just mean. Given that the Dem agenda is one lunatic fringe after another, I have pretty much decided that Dems are to blame for the collapse of this country, from the budget. the border, the cliff, the debt, the oursourcing of jobs, NAFTA, which is to blame for the destruction of the working class, the foreign policy, which is funding and arming lunatic countries. Well, I'm tired now with still a page of posts to go.......
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    @Hillofbeans In general the Democrats are pretty bad, I had a hard time check the great box... The Republicans on the other hand are stark raving mad. It's basically a choice between one waiter who is rude and spits in your food and another who is actually trying to kill you.

    The real answer of course is to vote third party every chance you get.
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    @Hillofbeans I agree, that and some major campaign finance reform would at least allow us to compete on the political stage with corporate powerhouses that own the media and can afford to spend billions if necessary to get their way.
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    Some don't understand when they should retire, others just want the paycheck offered for non service. Term Limits are an excellent idea, like one term your gone.
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    i think that two 2 year terms would be about right. that way at the end of 2 years if they haven't accomplished their stated goals they can be voted out.
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    @dances-weebles actually I rather have 1 4 year term. Right now house representatives have 3 modes: election mode, post election recovery mode, and pre-election mode. They spend so much more time campaigning and sucking up to sponsors/donors then actually legislating.
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    @Bill2E no, once they're done, they're done. we don't want people trying to make a career out of politics. i don't what them thinking that it's okay for them to draw a pension or lifetime benefits. i don't want them to have a government car. i don't want them entering into a career of lobbying (bribing other politicians) i want them gone from the public sector. let them get a job washing cars or working the lube rack at the local garage or shoveling coal or something and try to earn an honest living for a change.
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    I think we need more politicians with funny last names. Things haven't been the same since Congressman Pickle died and Congressman Wiener resigned.
  • #53
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    Yeah, I was hoping Weiner would get together with the House Speaker and sponsor the Weiner-Boehner Anti-Sexting Bill.
  • #32
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    Because, you know, screw the constitution or the will of the people.

    It's a vapid slogan, term limits. People have no expiration dates; as long as they do the job their constituents want, why do they not have the right to vote for them?

    In this state, they kicked out richard luger, one of the most-respected congressmen of our time, to put in richard mourdock, the teabagger lapdog who thinks god's just peachy with rape and carrying your rapist's spawn. All because luger has "served too long."
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    @cpeter133 The constitution would have to be ammended to do that. I would have thought even you knew that.
  • #15
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    Looks like his constituents feel okay about his service. Doesn't look like anyone else's opinion much matters.
  • #44
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    Agreed. Although I'm of the "re-elect no one in 2014" contingent, the fact that the people of his district keep electing him says volumes about the quality of his service.

    Are there any Politix participants in Dingell's district? What say you?
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    They should have to retire, gracefully, at 65. A full time career as a representative or senator was NOT what our forefathers had in mind. Making a career out of being in the Senate or House is ludicrous. It soon becomes less and less about serving your constituents and more and more about just being reelected. Voting is proving to NOT be a term limiter, too many just pull the D or R lever no matter what. 12 years as a senator is plenty and 10 as a Representative is plenty. Career congressmen was never intended.
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    The reason we don't place term limits on the judicial branch is so that they can remain as non-partisan as possible. Doesn't always mean anything, but that is the reason for the lifetime appointment.
  • #54
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    @Denizen_Kate I think people could exercise good judgement even if they know their job is over after a certain amount of time. Case in point, office of president of the United States. Supreme Court justices should be no different and should be subject to being replaced just like every other person in the universe.
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    I'm still hoping for term limits one day! Can you imagine the pension he'll receive? He may have been a good representative, but over 57 years is too much time for one person. They just get too comfy in that position....but it's the voters who keep them in, so I guess Michigan's happy with him.
  • #45
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    He had to re-apply for his job every two years. The voters in his state saw fit to re-elect him each time, so apparently no one who opposed him seemed to be better.
  • #31
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    served for 57 years, five months and 26 days....JUST Absolutely Insane!!!

    Public service wasn't even meant to be a career.
  • #30
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    "Is 57 years too long?"

    If your a railroad switchman....NO. If your a congressman....HELL YEAH that's too long.

    You gotta wonder what happened.

    Did he FORGET to retire????
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    he must have promised A LOT of amnesty, welfare and food stamps to stay in office this long huh?! but look where he works, the armpit of America that loves a free ride right now!
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