ARGUMENTS PRO and CON (condensed)

(for the enactment of Congressional Term Limits)

List of Arguments in Favor :

1. Overwhelmingly, voters prefer term limits. (It’s their native commonsense!)

2. Term limits downgrades seniority, favors meritocracy.

3. Increases competition, encourages new challengers.

4. Builds a ‘citizen’ Congress, drives out career politicians.

5. Breaks ties to special interests.

6. Improves tendency to vote on principle.

7. Introduces fresh thinking, new ideas, eliminates ‘old bulls’.

8. Reduces power of staff, bureaucracy, lobbies.

9. It will create a natural reduction in wasteful federal spending.

10. Encourages lower taxes, smaller government, greater voter participation in elections.

11. There are more reasons in favor of term limits than reasons against.

12. Gets reelection rates back to near 50%, versus the current 99%. (Founders called it “rotation in office”)

List of Arguments Opposed :

1. Terminates the good politicians along with the bad.

2. Instead of term limits, a reform of Congress’ procedures would be easier.

3. Reduces range of voter choice.

4. Loss of knowledge and experience.

5. Increases the power of staff, lobbies, and bureaucracy.

via Term Limits Arguments Pro and con.