From Wikipedia: In March 2019, during a speech in Conway, New Hampshire, Elizabeth Warren said, “Here’s the problem on term limits on folks in Congress — it makes them more dependent than ever on the lobbyist. Believe me, if the senators only stay for two terms, the lobbyist will be there a lot longer and they’ll know how the game is played.”
Guess what Elizabeth, the lobbyist already know how the game is played and they know the senators and representatives who know how its played as well. A term limitations law should also include a clause that U.S. Senators and Representatives from the House CAN NOT become a lobbyist after leaving office, at least for a specific number of years. (Currently senators must wait 2 years, representatives half that time, it isn’t long enough). Keep them out of the game players pockets.
Elizabeth’s justification of her opposition to term limitations makes no sense, except it could keep her in office longer. That is her more logical reason for opposition. Who is she kidding? She can’t give an honest answer on anything! THAT in itself is a single reason why term limitations is needed, to rid dishonest politicians like Elizabeth Warren.
If you favor term limitations, why would we vote for the likes of Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. They have had plenty of terms in federal government, have been around for ever, and as Warren said ‘know how the game is played’. Best alternative to term limitations, if it isn’t an option (and for now it isn’t), STOP VOTING FOR THE SAME PEOPLE OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
I would also venture to say, if some of these people like Sanders, Warren and Biden were not eligible to run, we get more (better) candidates to run. These people that have been in Congress for many years have deeper money bags, making it difficult for newcomers (unless you are already a millionaire like Trump or Bloomberg). Bloomberg has been in politics for years as well. Trump was not.
I know that the presidency is a different office than Congress, and you’ll say the old hang-a-rounds like the three I mentioned should have a right to run. I’d say no, especially to the likes of a Joe Biden who has been in federal government for 40+ years. Talk about being in lobbyist’s pockets. We already know his ties to Ukraine and how his tenure has financially benefited him. I’d go so far to say after 12 years of combined time in a Congressional office, enough is enough. Time to go home!
I think it is possible to work up a form of term limitations that would keep people out of office after so many years in office. Keep them from bouncing around to avoid term limitations. Something to think about. Regardless vote!