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  • Remembering Patrick Henry... (Vanity)

    01/11/2015 5:47:36 PM PST · by Strawberry AZ · 41 replies
    Vanity | 01-11-2015 | Michael Alexander
    In case you couldn’t tell by their actions, the GOP currently holds more seats in Congress than they have since 1929, a direct result of mid-term voters demanding change writ large. Their first action was to elect leadership, and incredibly, they chose the same floundering crew who, hand-in-hand with equally inept Democrats in Congress and the White House, have nearly scuttled the Ship of State. We all know that the definition of “Insanity” is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. Let me add one to the mix: “Treason”… which one source defines as the betrayal of...
  • An End to Career Politicians... (Vanity)

    12/15/2014 1:42:13 PM PST · by Strawberry AZ · 21 replies
    Vanity | 12/15/2014 | MJ Alexander (Vanity)
    Anyone looking for a good reason to support Mandatory Term Limits for all federal officials need look no further than the headlines. After the most resounding electoral triumph since 1947, Republican Congressional “leaders” were too afraid to do what they were elected to do – check the president's unilateral amnesty grant. They were too afraid to do what’s right for the country, too afraid that they won’t be re-elected. Job One for the Party Elite has become protecting their private power structure, not the Constitution. During the last legislative session here in Arizona, a majority of constitutional conservatives supported legislation...
  • Group Seeks to Put Term Limits on Grand Rapids Mayor, City Commissioners

    10/29/2014 9:56:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/25/2014 | Anne Schieber
    Rina Baker and Bonnie Burke are long-time Grand Rapids residents unhappy that the same old policies and politics seem to dominate their city government. So, last March, in 12-degree temperatures, they went door-to-door asking residents to sign a petition to place a term limits proposal on the November ballot. The initiative would limit the mayor and city commissioners to only allow a person to serve two four-year terms in office. The response was overwhelming. Within months, they had recruited 45 people to circulate petitions. They called their group the “Grand Rapids Citizens for Municipal Term Limits” and by summer had...
  • The Deceivers

    10/19/2014 10:01:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | October 18, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Many politicians prove themselves nothing better than powerful arguments for term limits. But Arkansas State Senator Jon Woods rivals the very best of them. Sen. Woods (R-Springdale) and State Rep. Warwick Sabin (D-Little Rock) co-authored a 22-page, 7,000-plus-word constitutional amendment that voters will find on this November’s state ballot. If passed, the amendment, simply known to voters as Issue 3, will constitute roughly one-eighth of the entire Arkansas Constitution — even including all 85 previous amendments to that document. Issue 3 is so long, in fact, that it cost Arkansas taxpayers more than $1 million to print it in newspapers...
  • A new case for Congressional term limits

    10/01/2014 10:26:17 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 1, 2014 | George Will
    “The legislative department is everywhere . . . drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.” — James Madison, Federalist 48 Unfortunately, Congress’s vortex now spins the other way, throwing off powers that the executive scoops up. Hence this autumn’s spectacle: Feverish House and Senate candidates waging ferocious campaigns to win or retain offices that are of rapidly diminishing significance. It is official: America “is at war.” We know this because the president’s press secretary says so. Congress has not said so, but many members say that the Islamic State must be countered and that they may have more to say...
  • Cochran Says He'll Serve Full Seventh Term If Elected

    05/27/2014 12:05:38 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 5/27/14 | Matthew Boyle
    MADISON, Mississippi—Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) told the Associated Press that if he’s re-elected, he plans to serve the full six years of what would be his seventh term in the U.S. Senate. “I sure hope, if I am alive and well, I'll be serving,” Cochran, who is facing a primary challenge from Mississippi state senator Chris McDaniel, said when asked if he plans to serve all six year of a seventh term. “Yes, I think that's something the people have a right to expect, and I intend to serve a full term.” The pledge from Cochran is interesting because there's...
  • Is It Time to Give Term Limits to Supreme Court Justices?

    05/27/2014 10:17:11 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 21, 2014 | Norm Ornstein
    This has been quite a time for anniversaries: the 50th of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 50th of the Great Society, the 60th of Brown v. Board of Education. Each has produced a flurry of celebrations and analyses, including the latest, on Brown. Here's one more. Ten years ago, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Brown, I attended one of the most interesting and moving panels ever. Yale Law School brought together six luminaries who had been clerks to Supreme Court justices during the deliberations over the Brown decision. They talked about the internal discussions and struggles...
  • Reid Remarks On Republican Obstruction

    05/21/2014 5:00:07 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | May 21, 2014 | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    “My Republican colleagues have exerted so much effort to cause nothing to get done, but they prefer it that way. They practically break their backs ensuring that nothing happens here on the Senate floor.” “Last week was another great example of Republicans’ fruitless hard work. Republicans blocked debate on a bill that would reinstate important, but expired, tax provisions – legislation that extends tax cuts and helps countless Americans as they recover from the recession.”  “We don’t need to waste any more of the Senate’s hard work on obstruction.  Let’s get this tax extenders bill passed, and give American families and...
  • Washington Post Op-Ed Goes Viral: End Presidential Term Limits (With Poll to FReep)

    11/30/2013 7:35:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 30, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    An op-ed in the Washington Post went viral this week as it drew controversy advocating for an end to presidential term limits. In the piece, bluntly titled “End presidential term limits,” New York University history professor Jonathan Zimmerman suggests that the 22nd Amendment limiting presidents to two terms of office should be repealed as a way to assuring a more effective presidency and protecting democracy from a leader without fear of voters’ wrath. Citing the treatment of President Obama in the wake of his troubled Affordable Care Act rollout and a nuclear deal with Iran, Zimmerman argued that if Obama...
  • Extortion and Bribery Revisited

    11/27/2013 8:06:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | November 27, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: This column is a continuation of my previous column “Bribery and Extortion,” which serves as an extended review of Peter Schweizer’s excellent new book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. In the wake of the tragic December, 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Vice President Biden criticized more than just the gun industry. He also criticized the video game industry. He argued specifically that video games contribute to a national culture of violence. He stated immediately that he didn’t know what the government was going to do about it. Nonetheless, he said,...
  • A Summary of Mark Levin’s Proposed Amendments

    08/25/2013 2:36:07 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 145 replies
    Amendment to establish congressional term limits. No more than twelve total years combined in house and senate. Amendment to repeal the 17th Amendment. Governors may fill vacancies to fill out remainder of terms. Upon two thirds vote, state legislatures may remove their senators. Amendment to establish twelve year term limits on scotus. On three-fifths vote, and within twenty four months of a ruling, congress or the states may override scotus decisions. These overrides are not subject to judicial review. Congress shall submit preliminary budget to president by first Monday in May for the next fiscal year. Should congress/president not adopt...
  • Sowell: Throw the Rascals Out?

    10/28/2013 1:10:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 29, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Polls indicate that the public is so disgusted with Washington politicians of both parties that a surprisingly large proportion of the people would like to get rid of the whole lot of them. It is certainly understandable that the voters would like to "throw the rascals out." But there is no point in throwing the rascals out, if we are just going to get a new set of rascals to replace them. In other words, we need to think about what there is about current political practices that repeatedly bring to power such a counterproductive set of people. Those we...
  • Sowell: Throw the Rascals Out?: Part II

    10/28/2013 1:10:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 29, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    The public's opinion of politicians of both parties seems to have reached a new low. But no matter how much the voters detest Congress — or how justifiably — that does not mean that there will be radical changes at the next election. For one thing, "Congress" is not on the ballot. Only individual members of Congress are. Most voters like their own Senator or Representative, often because of special favors that these incumbents have done for their own constituency — at the taxpayers' expense. Add to this the so-called "campaign reform" laws that restrict the raising of money that...
  • Levin to the Rescue

    08/14/2013 11:11:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies ^ | August 14, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    Only those happily trampling on the last vestiges of freedom will deny that our federal government as a constitutional republic has ceased to function. The president can no longer control (nor does this one want to control) the enormous and ever-expanding bureaucracy functioning as a government by fiat. The legislative branch, so corrupted, so drunk by the allure of power, so disdainful of its constituents, is unable to stop its bankrupting ways. The judiciary is perhaps the worst. The Supreme Court is openly rejecting the authority of the Constitution itself. If the federal government refuses to adhere to the enumerated...
  • ‘This Town’ Needs an Enema

    07/19/2013 4:01:13 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 29 replies ^ | July 17th, 2013 | Erick Erickson
    Mark Leibovich of the New York Times has written a pretty scathing book about Washington, DC, called This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America’s Gilded Capital. It is a pretty accurate portrayal of the Washington, DC more and more Americans have come to hold in contempt. There exists in Washington a new aristocracy where, for example, a poor boxer from Searchlight, NV, can get elected to the United States Senate, become wealthy enough to live at the Ritz, and see his family profit from K Street. It is a city where the new aristocrats move...
  • Bill Introduced to Change Term Limits for President (H.J. Res. 15)

    07/08/2013 9:28:53 AM PDT · by kimtom · 29 replies ^ | January 6th, 2013 | alan joelny
    While the country was discussing the Fiscal Cliff, guns, and Hurricane Sandy, a new bill was introduced in Congress on Friday. Representative Jose Serrano (D-NY15) put forth a bill, now called “H.J. Res. 15″, that proposes “an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President”. According to GovTrack, it was then “[r]eferred to the House Committee on the Judiciary”. Further, “[t]his resolution was assigned to a congressional committee on January 4, 2013, which will consider it before possibly...
  • Best-selling author Vince Flynn dies at age 47.

    06/19/2013 9:46:50 AM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 18 replies
    Fox news ^ | June 19, 2013 | Fox news
    Flynn self-published his first book, "Term Limits," in 1997 before landing a publishing deal. "Term Limits" became a New York Times bestseller. Most of his books centered on the character Mitch Rapp, a counterterrorism operative. He averaged a book a year.
  • Prolific Author Vince Flynn Reportedly Dead at 47

    06/19/2013 8:13:17 AM PDT · by Wilum · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 06/19/2013 | Erica Ritz
    Bestselling author Vince Flynn has died at 47-years-old after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer, local CBS affiliate WCCO reports. He died Wednesday morning at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, and leaves behind a wife and three children.
  • 9,646 Reasons to Dislike the Internet Sales Tax

    04/28/2013 6:02:06 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 4/23/2013 | Rob Bluey and Kelsey Harris
    The U.S. Senate is debating the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act. It’s a bill that would result in the taxation of Internet sales, driving up costs for consumers. The legislation cleared a procedural hurdle Monday and could have a floor vote by Thursday. This is a classic case of where the interests of big business and big government intersect. But not all businesses are signing on to this new scheme. Etsy, an e-commerce hub where individuals can sell handmade items such as arts and crafts, warned yesterday that the legislation would “unnecessarily burden small businesses. Most Etsy sellers work from home...
  • Term Limits and the Catholic Church

    04/07/2013 8:18:41 PM PDT · by gortklattu · 11 replies ^ | 4/6/2013 | Burt Prelutsky
    Recently, Thomas Sowell wrote an excellent piece dealing with term limits. The point he made is that if the idea behind limits was to rid us of those people who spend their entire lives doing little more than voting, we’ve gone about it in a really stupid way. For one thing, as we’ve seen here in California, it merely means that once one of these palookas has termed out in, say, the state assembly, he merely runs for the state senate or for governor or lieutenant governor or attorney general. In short, he moves on, he doesn’t move out. Another...
  • Sowell: A Real Term Limit

    03/18/2013 4:17:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 19, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    The main thing wrong with the term limits movement is the "s" at the end of the word "limit." What are advocates of term limits trying to accomplish? If they are trying to keep government from being run by career politicians, whose top priority is getting themselves reelected, then term limits on given jobs fail to do that. When someone reaches the limit of how long one can spend as a county supervisor, then it is just a question of finding another political office to run for, such as a member of the state legislature. And when the limit on...
  • Americans want term limits and end to Electoral College after re-electing a bunch of incumbents

    01/18/2013 9:13:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/18/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Later today, when I'm hosting the Ed Morrissey Show, you'll probably notice a deep red welt on my forehead and wonder how it got there. It's from banging my head on my desk repeatedly after reading the results of two polls released today. The first comes from Gallup, where overwhelming majorities of Americans of every party affiliation demand Congressional term limits and an end to the Electoral College --- just two months after re-elected almost every incumbent than ran for federal office: Even after the 2012 election in which Americans re-elected most of the sitting members of the U.S. House...
  • Proposing an amendment to the Constitution... twenty-second article of amendment...

    01/05/2013 7:28:59 PM PST · by neal1960 · 41 replies ^ | 01/04/2013 |
    H.J.Res.15 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.
  • (Vanity) Three things to Save America

    01/04/2013 2:00:27 PM PST · by simka · 30 replies
    1. Term limits for ALL congress members. No need to compromise their principles to win another term. 2. Voting rights for property owners only, or at least limited to Taxpayers. There is no sense in cancelling a well considered vote by some ditzy California deb who can't identify a picture of George Washington.( example Jaywalking, Leno show) 3. All laws to apply to lawmakers and the public EQUALLY
  • Vanity: Attention Nebraska Voters: Vote "NO" on Amendment 3 (keep term limits to 2 terms)

    10/13/2012 3:15:55 PM PDT · by Kolath · 1 replies
    Ballotpedia ^ | 10/13/2012 | Kolath
    Proposed Amendment No. 3 (Nebraska) A vote FOR this constitutional amendment would change the number of terms a member of the Legislature may serve from two consecutive four year terms to three consecutive four year terms. A vote AGAINST this constitutional amendment would retain two consecutive four year terms as the number of terms a member of the Legislature may serve. A constitutional amendment to change the limit on legislative terms to three consecutive terms. The public voted for two terms and they have spoken!!! Some wish to circumvent the will of the people.
  • Rush Limbaugh: What if Obama Didn't Believe in Limiting Himself to Two Terms? (video at link)

    06/28/2012 8:31:57 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 25 replies
    "So once again we see which side Obama comes down on... and the question of whether there is a country of the rule of law or the rule of man. With Obama, it is not the rule of law." "He is implementing law that the Congress defeated. " "If he doesn't agree with the Federal law, he isn't going to enforce it... like the Defense of Marriage Act. It is the law of the land but the regime announced within the past year that they were no longer going to enforce it. It is a dictator's wet dream to do...
  • California's Cross-dressing Ballot Initiative

    05/27/2012 6:08:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | May 27, 2012 | Paul Jacob
    When California voters read Proposition 28’s ballot title, they overwhelmingly support the June 5th measure. Yet, once voters get more details as to what the ballot initiative really does, that robust support not only dissolves, it completely reverses. The Public Policy Institute of California poll shows 68 percent of voters in favor of the ballot proposition and only 24 percent opposed. Surveyed Californians were understandably responding to the official ballot title, which reads that Prop 28 “reduces the total amount of time a person may serve in the state legislature from 14 years to 12 years and allows 12 years’...
  • What if our Politicians were Avengers?

    05/07/2012 7:43:43 AM PDT · by amylutz4 · 16 replies
    The College Conservative ^ | May 7, 2012 | Amy Lutz
    I like superhero movies just as much as the next person. Ok, maybe more than the next person. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that I was one of the first in line for The Avengers movie last Friday night. Besides a brief cameo by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, I can say the movie exceeded my expectations. However, as I walked out of the theater, still reeling from the 3D action scenes and suspense, a question popped into my head. What if politicians were a bit more like The Avengers? No, I’m not expecting Barney Frank...
  • TERM LIMITS? Republicans Senators who say nay.

    02/03/2012 8:50:16 AM PST · by cornelis · 12 replies
    Birds of a feather voting Nay: Alexander Barasso Burr Chambliss Coats Cochran Collins Cornyn Crapo Enzi Hoeven Inhofe Isakson Kyl Lugar McCain McConnel Murkowski Risch Roberts Shelby Snowe Wicker
  • TERM LIMITS? Republicans Senators who say nay.

    02/03/2012 8:49:45 AM PST · by cornelis · 2 replies
    Birds of a feather voting Nay: Alexander Barasso Burr Chambliss Coats Cochran Collins Cornyn Crapo Enzi Hoeven Inhofe Isakson Kyl Lugar McCain McConnel Murkowski Risch Roberts Shelby Snowe Wicker
  • Cuban Communists to consider term limits for leaders

    01/27/2012 10:49:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:53pm EST | Rosa Tania Valdes
    HAVANA—Cuba's Communist Party will consider reforms this weekend that could impose term limits on its leaders in what would be a striking change on an island that Fidel Castro ruled for 49 years and was succeeded by his brother. President Raul Castro said in an April Communist Party congress that this conference, which starts on Saturday and is the first in the party's history, would consider limiting Cuban leaders to two five-year terms. The party has said it was also pondering age limits for high-ranking officials as it tries to bring younger people into its aging leadership. … The party...
  • John Dingell Deplores House Climate

    12/14/2011 4:59:59 PM PST · by SMGFan · 44 replies
    Rollcall ^ | December 14, 2011 | By Jonathan Strong
    “You’re talking to a guy who is really sad but also who is really angry,” Rep. John Dingell told Roll Call in a wide-ranging interview on the eve of the 56th anniversary of his 1955 entry to Congress.
  • Super Committee Proves Point for Term Limits

    11/28/2011 9:17:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | November 28, 2011 | Bill Tatro
    If there was ever a case for term limits, the actions of this past week have certainly demonstrated that now is the time. Twelve Senators and Congressmen were asked to not make budget cuts, but to simply slow down the growth rate of government. The greatest con is that a budget increase of 10% reduced to 7% is considered a 30% reduction in growth. The growth, however, is still 7%. The attitude exemplified by all these politicians of both parties is one of entitlement, which explains why nobody wants to do anything that will rock their boat. Just imagine if...
  • Republicans Turn Judicial Power Into a Campaign Issue

    10/23/2011 5:47:45 PM PDT · by casinva · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 23, 2011 | ADAM LIPTAK and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Republican presidential candidates are issuing biting and sustained attacks on the federal courts and the role they play in American life, reflecting and stoking skepticism among conservatives about the judiciary. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas favors term limits for Supreme Court justices. Representatives Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Ron Paul of Texas say they would forbid the court from deciding cases concerning same-sex marriage. Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, and for Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania want to abolish the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, calling it “a rogue court” that is “consistently radical.” snip...
  • Perry wants term limits on high court [favors change in Constitution]

    09/02/2011 11:50:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 161 replies · 1+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | September 1, 2011 | Todd J. Gillman The Dallas Morning News
    WASHINGTON Rick Perry, like other conservatives, has lots of complaints about the Supreme Court: The justices, he says, have meddled in social policy, stepped on state power and generally run amok. One solution the governor embraces is to end lifetime tenure - a cornerstone of the Constitution, whose drafters worried far less about activist or senile judges than about meddling tyrants and political pressure. The idea isn't original, and it's not limited to conservatives. Some scholars on the left have also embraced the idea as a correction for judges serving too long. It began to percolate in the 1980s and...
  • Letter: Palin should call for term limits

    08/22/2011 10:53:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Carroll County Times ^ | August 23, 2011 | Gary Christian Grobaker
    For several months now I have followed the vicissitudes of Sarah Palin's career in politics, and I must say, I have a great deal of admiration for her as a devoted red, white and blue American. She speaks out as a mother, an Alaskan and one who champions the freedoms derived from the sacrifices of those who have fought for democracy. I thank her for what she has had to endure to speak out on behalf of millions of Americans, not just Republicans or Democrats. Americans are fed up with our political parties - the outrageous greed, nepotism and partisanship....
  • Term Limits Work

    08/15/2011 5:56:54 AM PDT · by TheBombshellProject · 2 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 8-14-2011 | John R. Smith
    The two smartest political votes that Palm Beach County voters ever passed were Term Limits for county commissioners (2002) and Single Member Districts for the county commission (1988). Both votes removed political power from the hands of a few to the hands of many. More recently, the best political news I heard all week is that an appeals court ruled that voters can choose to amend a county’s charter to mandate term limits for county commissioners. Something bizarre happens to most politicians when they stay in public office too long. They deny it, but I have seen it happen dozens...
  • Bachmann: 'Principles over party'

    07/31/2011 6:32:18 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 2011-07-31 | Jamie Novogrod
    SPENCER, IA -- Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann said she puts "principles over party" and is prepared, if elected, to be a one-term president. "So be it," she said today.
  • Term limits failed to spawn 'citizen legislators,' new study finds

    07/20/2011 11:42:50 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 7/20/11 | Jim Sanders, Sacramento Bee
    The pitch to California voters was wrong in claiming that imposing legislative term limits would replace career politicians with "citizen legislators" who would serve at the Capitol and then return home to resume private careers, according to a new study. Most lawmakers who left the Assembly and Senate in 2008 continued to work in public sector jobs, mirroring results from 1990, the year that term limits were imposed, the Center for Governmental Studies found. "A majority of state legislators stay in government and simply move to other elected offices," said Tracy Westen, chief executive officer of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Los...
  • Are Conservatives Afraid to Takedown Medicare?

    05/29/2011 11:45:47 AM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 46 replies
    Take a look around sometime and maybe you'll notice that despite all the talk about Obamacare or socialized medicine, you never hear conservatives or libertarians go after Medicare. Is it really constitutional? Is this good socialized medicine? Why can't anyone articulate a plan to get out of Medicare? People like David Frum are already acting like even the most modest reform via Ryan's proposal is akin to Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign suggesting political slaughter. Democrats have found a rallying call in sea of bad news by latching on to the issue. So is Medicare really a third rail in American...
  • Want to cut spending? Cut terms

    02/06/2011 3:45:38 AM PST · by Scanian · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 5, 2011 | CAROLINE BAUM
    The Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is promising to cut $100 billion from domestic spending this year. The Tea Party caucus’s response? I’ll see your $100 billion and raise you $2.4 trillion over 10 years. Both groups are barking up the wrong tree or, to use a more appropriate animal analogy, putting the cart before the horse. The road to real deficit reduction, not a cosmetic nip and tuck, runs through term limits. If Americans are truly interested in shrinking the size of government — one of the takeaways from the 2010 midterm election — they can...
  • Sen. Richard Lugar to seek re-election in 2012

    01/18/2011 11:16:55 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 90 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 18, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Sen. Richard Lugar plans to seek a re-election in 2012. Lugar spokesman Mark Helmke said Tuesday that Lugar plans to run a vigorous campaign and is committed to winning a seventh term representing Indiana in the Senate.
  • Limiting Term Limits

    01/18/2011 6:23:45 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/17/2011 | Tom Gantert
    The new Michigan Legislature was sworn into office Jan. 12. The next day, they were at work on a proposal that could greatly extend the years that most of them are able to spend in Lansing. On Jan. 13, state Rep. Sharon Tyler, R-Niles, introduced House Joint Resolution C, a proposed amendment to the state constitution aimed at changing the term limits imposed on state officeholders. It would benefit most those politicians who get elected to the House of Representatives, according to Jack McHugh, the Mackinac Center’s senior legislative analyst. In 1992, Proposal B was passed by 58.7 percent of...
  • Presidential term limits proposed on 1/7/11

    01/17/2011 7:39:17 AM PST · by GracieB · 18 replies
    Text of H. J. Res. 17: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second... Back to Bill Status Show this version: Download PDF Full Text on THOMAS Compare to this version: Show changes: Side-by-side Highlighted Expand all sections Collapse all sections Link to this view Jan 7, 2011 - Introduced in House. This is the original text of the bill as it was written by its sponsor and submitted to the House for consideration. This is the latest version of the bill currently available on GovTrack. HJ 17 IH 112th CONGRESS 1st Session H....
  • Arlen Specter's Club

    12/25/2010 2:08:43 AM PST · by Scanian · 34 replies · 2+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | December 24, 2010 | Matthew May
    Arlen Specter's rabid outburst on the floor of the United States Senate the other day was nothing out of the ordinary for his particular brand of politician. A political opportunist baring his teeth and foaming at the mouth in fury at what he perceive as the barbarians storming the gate is as trite as it is silly. But buried in the diatribe there was a most revealing and interesting phrase employed by the Scottish lawman over his apparent astonishment at the behavior of some of his brethren "in the Senate I joined 30 years ago." (Italics added) Did you catch...
  • Michael Bloomberg: 'Nothing' can make me run for president

    12/09/2010 11:05:05 AM PST · by speciallybland · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/09/2010 | Jennifer Epstein
    Just hours after delivering what sounded like a stage-setter for a presidential run, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg insisted he will not join the race. “There’s nothing” that would compel him to run in 2012, Bloomberg told CBS News. “I’m not going to run for president,” he said. “Period. End of story.” But interviewer Katie Couric persisted: “Ever?” “I think at my age, ever is the easy thing to say,” said the 68-year-old Bloomberg.
  • Democrats lose centuries of seniority in House

    11/03/2010 3:06:43 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Nov. 3, 2010 | Stephen Dinan
    Neither rookies nor seasoned veterans were spared in Tuesday's House Democratic bloodbath, which saw Republicans defeat three major committee chairmen and at least seven lawmakers who claimed 20 years' seniority or more in Congress. While the losses of 16 freshmen "Obama babies" — those elected during the president's 2008 sweep — were expected, the number of long-serving Democrats who lost re-election this week is staggering, and suggests a widespread dissatisfaction with Washington. All told, with about a dozen races still uncalled, Democrats have already shed 376 years of congressional experience, and that could go as high as 430 years if...
  • The Time for Term Limits Is Now

    11/01/2010 1:20:45 PM PDT · by Pete · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 1, 2010 | Michael Goodwin
    Across the land, the cry is heard: Throw the bums out! The people are prepared to do exactly that on Tuesday, but there's a catch. There's little to stop today's insurgent from becoming tomorrow's bum. Or, as a pessimist once said, many reformers take office to do good and stay to do well. Take heart, optimists, for there is an antidote to the corrupting disease of permanent poweritis. Term limits. They are a blunt instrument and they work. They do it by forcing the turnover that the power of incumbency too often thwarts. By using gerrymandering, earmarks, favors for contributors...
  • Expiration date for lawmakers--A term limit on service is one regulation legislators won't like

    10/26/2010 6:38:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 26, 2010 | Editorial
    Change is coming to Washington, and there's hope on the horizon that America will ensnare the big-government colossus that's consuming our wealth and curtailing our liberty. But even after next week's elections, the temptation of pay-to-play politics, in which career officeholders sell access to the public till, will remain a threat. It's time to address the crisis of out-of-control government by imposing term limits on members of Congress who overstay their welcome on Capitol Hill. Last year, Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, introduced a constitutional amendment to limit senators to two consecutive six-year terms and members of the House...
  • Jerry Brown is INELIGIBLE to run for Governor

    10/04/2010 10:58:25 PM PDT · by flamefront · 72 replies
    California State Law ^ | Years ago | CA Law
    Plain and simple. Jerry Brown is ineligible to run for Governor. CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 5 EXECUTIVE SEC. 2. The Governor shall be elected every fourth year at the same time and places as members of the Assembly and hold office from the Monday after January 1 following the election until a successor qualifies. The Governor shall be an elector who has been a citizen of the United States and a resident of this State for 5 years immediately preceding the Governor's election. The Governor may not hold other public office. No Governor may serve more than 2 terms. (my emphasis)...