Should members of Congress have term limits? | The Tylt
On the campaign trail, President Trump expressed support for term limits on members of Congress. The idea often resurfaces as one way to improve America's broken political system. But while many believe term limits would alleviate dysfunction in Congress, others argue term limits wouldn't solve Washington's problems, and could actually make them worse. What do you think? 🇺🇸
Should members of Congress have term limits?
It is no secret Congress is deeply unpopular among American voters. Some have argued members of Congress have too much job security which makes for bad governing.
Many Democrats and Republicans only care about their paycheck. Term limits are imperative. We need new faces with new ideas.— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) August 24, 2017
Ryan's endorsement of ANITFA punctuates the need for term limits. When they remain in office too long they forget who put them there.— Garry (@traveler002) August 30, 2017
Even some Congresspersons have argued in favor of term limits. Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher, along with other members of Congress, pledged his support for a Constitutional amendment that would establish term limits.
"Year after year, unfulfilled promises to 'fix the system' pile up with few results. Rather than draining the swamp, the swamp simply grows deeper and more insidious... Citizens from both parties are fed up with politics as usual."
But others have argued that term limits would actually make things worse in Congress. The Hill would lose experienced, skillful politicians to self-serving lobbyists.
"There is a perennial myth that the problem with Washington is that the longer people spend there, the more corrupt they become... [but] the political science literature here is pretty unequivocal. Term limits are the surest way to weaken the legislative branch and empower the executive branch. Term limits are also a great way to empower special interests and lobbyists."
Furthermore, term limits would require Congress to pass a Constitutional amendment... and the likelihood of Congress coming together on anything, especially in the current political climate, is grim.
"Changing the Constitution requires one of the hardest things to do in politics. It requires an agreement by a two-thirds supermajority of Congress and then to be ratified by three-fourths of states, or 38 out of 50. Only 27 proposals out of countless ideas in our country's 240-year history have climbed that steep hill."
While the idea of term limits might sound appealing to many, it is still unclear whether they would have the impact people would hope for.
Congressional Term Limits are a solution looking for a problem— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) August 25, 2017
Agreed. And we already have term limits. They’re called elections.— Joshua Silverman (@jmsilveresq) August 25, 2017