Trump’s Hail Mary: Term Limits

An actual plan? Wow.

“If I’m elected president I will push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress,” Trump said, seeking to capitalize on the momentum of prior ethics reforms announced one night earlier.

Trump at a rally later in Grand Junction said his proposal would limit House members to 6 years (3 terms) and Senate members to 12 years (2 terms).

I don’t like term limits for two reason:

  1. We have them, they are called elections.
  2. You worry about lobbyists now? Wait until they are the only one’s who know how the system works.

This is good politics though

PRINCETON, NJ — Even after the 2012 election in which Americans re-elected most of the sitting members of the U.S. House and Senate — as is typical in national elections — three-quarters of Americans say that, given the opportunity, they would vote “for” term limits for members of both houses of Congress.

Republicans and independents are slightly more likely than Democrats to favor term limits; nevertheless, the vast majority of all party groups agree on the issue. Further, Gallup finds no generational differences in support for the proposal.

These findings, from Gallup Daily tracking conducted Jan. 8-9, are similar to those from 1994 to 1996 Gallup polls, in which between two-thirds and three-quarters of Americans said they would vote for a constitutional amendment to limit the number of terms that members of Congress and the U.S. Senate can serve.




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