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funwiththoughts
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ryann.drougas
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Term limits are a good thing

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 8/7/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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funwiththoughts

Con

I believe that term limits are a bad idea. "Term limits" here refers to restricting the number of times a man can run for a public office. Burden of proof will be shared here.

One of the biggest benefits of a democratic system is that a governing body has some incentive to act in the best interest of the people, as it is the people who decide whether or not that person remains in power. With term limits, this benefit is eliminated on the president's last term, for he cannot stay in power regardless. This is especially true if the limited amount of terms is as short as two-this means that for half his time in office, the leader has no incentive to act on behalf of the people, for they do not have the option of removing him. I do not believe there are any significant benefits to such a system, and as such I believe that term limits are a bad idea.
ryann.drougas

Pro

Term Limits can help break the cycle of corruption in Congress. Case studies show that the longer an individual stays in office, the more likely they are to stop serving the public and begin serving their own interests.
Term Limits will encourage regular citizens to run for office. Presently, there is a 94% re-election rate in the House and 83% in the Senate. Because of name recognition, and usually the advantage of money, it can be easy to stay in office. Without legitimate competition, what is the incentive for a member of Congress to serve the public? Furthermore, it is almost a lost cause for the average citizen to try to campaign against current members of Congress.
Term Limits will break the power special interest groups have in Congress.
Term Limits will force politicians to think about the impact of their legislation because they will be returning to their communities shortly to live under the laws they enacted.
Term Limits will bring diversity of people and fresh ideas to Congress.
Debate Round No. 1
funwiththoughts

Con

I have no counter. I forfeit the debate.
ryann.drougas

Pro

Well, I think we are done here.
Debate Round No. 2
funwiththoughts

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ryann.drougas

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
funwiththoughts

Con

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ryann.drougas

Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
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