One U.S. Senate Candidate’s Plan to Drain the Swamp: Term Limit Congress

Since 1973 Gallop has asked Americans the following survey question:

Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one — a great deal, quite a lot, some or very little?

Of those surveyed here are the results in 2017:

Congress

Great deal Quite a lot Some Very little None (vol.) No opinion Great deal/Quite a lot
% % % % % % %
2017 6 6 39 44 3 1 12

Current Florida Governor Rick Scott is running for the U.S. Senate. He is running against Democrat Senator Bill Nelson, who was elected to the Congress in 2001. Candidate Scott’s platform is simple, term limit members of Congress.

Watch this short video to understand Scott’s idea on how to drain the swamp:

In 1994 the Heritage Foundation produce a reported titled “Term Limits: The Only Way to Clean Up Congress.” According to the Heritage Foundation:

It is difficult to overstate the extent to which term limits would change Congress. They are supported by large majorities of most American demographic groups; they are opposed primarily by incumbent politicians and the special interest groups which depend on them.

Term limits would ameliorate many of America’s most serious political problems by counterbalancing incumbent advantages, ensuring congressional turnover, securing independent congressional judgment, and reducing election-related incentives for wasteful government spending.

Perhaps most important, Congress would acquire a sense of its own fragility and temporariness, possibly even coming to learn that it would acquire more legitimacy as an institution by doing better work on fewer tasks.

The key takeaways of the report are:

  1. Legislative resistance to term limits is in sharp contrast with private citizens’ strong support for them.
  2. The only serious opponents of term limits are incumbent politicians and the special interests — particularly labor unions — that support them.
  3. Congressional term limits are a necessary corrective to inequalities which inevitably hinder challengers and aid incumbents.

Maybe term limited Governor Rick Scott is on to something.

Read the Heritage Foundation report on the benefits of Congressional term limits.

2 replies
    • Brent
      Brent says:

      Congress includes the Senate. The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the Federal government of the United States consisting of two chambers: the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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