What does the U.S. Congress have in common with head lice?

I know we are all sick of politics, but this informed address to the U.S. Congress by Nick Tomboulides is worth listening to!

Nick Tomboulides is one of America’s leading experts on term limits. After serving as Florida Director of U.S. Term Limits, Nick became Executive Director of the organization in 2013.

He serves as editor of the Term Limits National Blog at www.termlimits.org, and his writing has been featured in the Daily Signal, USA Today, the Orlando Sentinel and other top publications. He is also a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.

Under his leadership, USTL has expanded its grassroots network to a record high and won campaigns at a 98 percent clip. In 2015, Nick directed USTL’s launch of the Term Limits Convention, a campaign of the states to obtain a congressional term limits amendment via the Article V convention.

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8 thoughts on “What does the U.S. Congress have in common with head lice?

  1. okcforgottenman

    Hmmm. I vehemently oppose term limit laws – in direct opposition to all my liberal friends. Yes, SO much of what he says is true and accurate, but here’s my thing: term limit laws fundamentally say that voters are inept, that they “should not” be allowed to exercise their right to elect whomever they choose to represent them. (Yeah, to be clear, voters ARE inept – they voted trump in. Well, with Russian help.) Look, I am ecstatic that AOC beat some old guy. THAT’s how to replace the old guard. Term limits? I spit on that idea. (To be further clear, I want Pelosi to exit.)

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong

    Term limits are a stupid idea. NONE of the people messing up our government have been there too long. They haven’t been there long enough to find the bathrooms without a map. Term limits are NOT the problem and instituting them will effectively mean we never have professionals running anything. We’ll people in there for short stints to get the benefits without having to do any serious legislative work. I’ve written about it before. It isn’t the old guys — with the exception of McConnell making the problems. Most of them are the idiotic new kids in town.

    You don’t change a system because one guy is gluing up the works.

    I’m absolutely with Forgotten Man. It’s become “popular” to support term limits. It’s also short-sighted and stupid.

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  4. slmret

    I am also opposed to term limits (sorry, OKCFM, but you do have at least one liberal friend who agrees with you :-)). When a legislator outlives his usefulness, it is appropriate to replace him/her with another, more useful representative. In California, we have term limits in our State legislature. It is a bicameral legislature, similar to Congress. The result of term limits has been that the representatives spend their time running for office, but it may not be the same office they hold at the time — one can be “termed out” in one house and run for the other house. It has become a joke among the legislators — I don’t think that solves anything!!! Additionally, there are major advantages to longevity — the politicians gain valuable knowledge and experience, they develop relationships over time, they negotiate solutions as a result of the experience and relationships, and legislation gets done. The elections of 2018 demonstrated, in California at least, that elections do replace bad legislators with good — we have numerous examples of this, and the election has worked to improve the legislative bodies.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      So far three out of three disagree with the term limits.. Forgottenman, you and Marilyn. Taking that into account, I did some research and of the 100 senators, only 20 have served more than two terms. And looks like most of them are Democrats.. need to look it over some more but interested in hearing what further you have to say about the matter. I am willing to bet none of you would object to campaign finance reform and limitations in campaign time? Maybe that’s a better bandwagon to get on..Thanks for commenting.

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      1. slmret

        In my mind, term limits are too — well — limiting! If the objective is to weed out the ineffective or worse representatives, that should not eliminate the really good ones. I think there are better ways to accomplish the intended goal. And in the Congress, the house-swapping probably wouldn’t work, since the terms are different lengths, thus the good ones couldn’t move to the other house.

        Yes — campaign finance reform is important — I thought that was what the income tax question was supposed to be about when it was instituted! We ought to go back to not having huge corporate or individual PAC contributions, limit the amount of individual and corporate donations, banish the use of donors/donations in determining who is in the debates, and perhaps even limit the amount a candidate can spend on media advertising and other coverage. With the need for primaries, I would suggest that all primaries occur on the same day, and perhaps even be nationalized, so that everybody is voting at once on the same candidates and no state’s votes have an advantage over other states’. There should maybe be a limit of one month to campaign for primaries, and, after a break, one month to campaign for the general election. And I’m all for compulsory voting similar to Australia’s.

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