The Water Cooler – Should The U.S. Have Term Limits For Congress?

September 16, 2021 12:25 pm · 33 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

QUESTION: Should the United States have term limits for members of congress?

Talk about it….

Jacknife925 September 16, 2021 at 12:29 PM


“For the people by the people”.

Chris September 16, 2021 at 12:53 PM

Yes, but unfortunately will never happen as the Left would be lost without Power, Money, Control and Corruption.

Bdpirate September 16, 2021 at 12:56 PM

Every political appointment should have a term limit às far down as they go.

Paul September 16, 2021 at 12:59 PM

I don’t believe in term limits. I think every branch of governments should have age minimum and age maximum.

hanne.jeppesen September 16, 2021 at 1:00 PM

No, I don’t think so. If they are not doing a good job they can be voted out. When someone has to leave before of term limits, they just run for another government position or get appointed to another position within the government.

The problem with term limits is that although it might get rid of someone that is not good job, you also run the risk of getting rid of someone that is doing a good job for their state or district. It seems that experience is also a plus in building connections and learning how things work.

Antler September 16, 2021 at 1:23 PM


Sick of it September 16, 2021 at 1:05 PM

Yes. The corruption of being there and figuring out how to work around the rules is to much. You would have to be a complete idiot to think they made there millions at work. Also look at Feinstein she should have been gone along time ago. But she stays there taking up our time and money just for the Democrat party. Even Boxer said she should go.

jprcards September 16, 2021 at 1:10 PM

This one makes me a laugh a little. I’m guessing that very few people think that term limits for congress would be a bad idea. I’m also guessing that many of those people that do think term limits would be a bad idea are the members of congress themselves. So that pretty much puts this question to bed.

Concordejet September 16, 2021 at 1:15 PM

If we want Congress to agree we should just replace the people with horses
Sure the neighs would carry every vote. But hay, at least the housing market would be stable.

Concord74 September 17, 2021 at 10:32 AM

Very funny!!
Who is going to clean behind these ….???

Almost Famous September 16, 2021 at 1:17 PM

Term limits for both Congress and the Senate. The problem is that it would require a vote from both house’s and they would NEVER vote themselves out of a job.

Bob September 17, 2021 at 1:07 PM

See Convention of States

Lamont September 16, 2021 at 1:17 PM


BrbnLvt September 16, 2021 at 1:19 PM

Term limits for elected officials makes sense only to people too lazy to vote. If you like ’em, keep reelecting ‘rm. If you don’t like ’em, vote ’em out. And if you don’t vote, don’t complain.

BrbnLvr September 16, 2021 at 1:19 PM

Term limits for elected officials makes sense only to people too lazy to vote. If you like ’em, keep reelecting ’em. If you don’t like ’em, vote ’em out. And if you don’t vote, don’t complain.

Cautiously Informed September 16, 2021 at 9:23 PM

Good idea; but think about how well that’s working here in California. Those who aren’t ‘too lazy’ to vote keep electing politicians who are destroying California. Crime is out of control while democrat politicians keep releasing career criminals from prisons. Taxes keep increasing and bleeding middle class hard working citizens. Infrastructure increasingly crumbles and deteriorates while California politicians struggle over issues like hair discrimination, bathroom identification discrimination, and how to give tax money to illegal aliens. Big corporations leaving and relocating to other states. Schools performing at the countries absolute bottom. And more, and more.

idiots everywhere September 16, 2021 at 1:34 PM

Desperately needed, especially with so many safe seats.
My wish list.
Term Limits
Independent Committees to draw boundary maps.
Open primary with top two, regardless of party, going into final runoff.

Jeff (the other one) September 16, 2021 at 1:35 PM

I do believe there should be term limits, not just for Congress, but the judiciary as well. Should apply to the bureaucracy as well, though they would figure some way around that to stay in the powerful positions they have. The problem with no limits, as I see it, are the elected are no longer representing their district or state, but rather in a fashion to retain their power. As has been said many times before, there is a lot of money to be made while serving the people, and money, they do make. Many of these have politicians have little to no experience outside of government, such as the current puppet some call the Commander in Chief, who has spent 62% of his 71 years as a federal level politician. Feinstein was in state politics from ’69 until ’92, and then a Senator since then (60% of her 88 years). You can go down the line of how many bulls in the House and Senate that this has been their career (and they continue to enrich themselves, why do you think there are such large tax payer funded spending bills?) .

Cellophane September 16, 2021 at 1:45 PM


I’d like see a huge change in the electoral system.

I’d like see a lottery system so that every American Citizen has a chance to represent thier own neighbors.

No more professinoal politicians

Dawg September 16, 2021 at 1:49 PM

Nancy Pelosi is a perfect example of why Congress should have term limits. She’s too old, and it’s obvious, at least to me, that her mind isn’t as sharp as it once was, and she’s losing the ability to think rationally.
There is too much corruption going on in Congress, and term limits will help to eliminate some questionable dealings between Congress and special interest groups.
On the flip side, term limits cannot guarantee the voters will replace a bad legislator with a good one, voters all too often replace the bad ones with another bad one.

The Mamba September 16, 2021 at 2:09 PM

Yes, I think it would fix a lot of the issues in DC.

Old Otis September 16, 2021 at 2:53 PM

Vote them out? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
We will NEVER have a FAIR election again !!!

Randy September 16, 2021 at 2:55 PM

….YES! what can we do to make that happen?

keath woods September 16, 2021 at 3:54 PM


Ricardoh September 16, 2021 at 4:06 PM

If it would keep people like Pelosi out of power yes. Because experience helps I would say about twenty years should be the max.

Obamavirus September 16, 2021 at 5:28 PM

There is no longer in reality a functioning Congress or CA state legislature
The regime is operating like a mafia and Biden thinks of himself as Capo with his executive orders and Newsom is hardly different
Is a new green fascIst dictatorship going to be better?
Is a devolution of Federal powers to the states going to work?
What we need to have urgently is a new central bank or state banks based on sound money and not debt pyramids where a small group of people can print money out of thin air for themselves in order to build empires and corrupt society with their psychopathic visions of reimagined society

Gittyup September 16, 2021 at 6:37 PM

Yes, term limits of some kind. Definitely an age at which they retire. Biden, Pelosi, Feinstein, and many others are too old to be doing anything productive for their constituents.

Some people are very bright going into old age. Good for them. The more common scenario is that the body gives out, as well as the mind, in deceptively small increments that the owner may not even be noticing, but which ultimately begins to show up in their stamina and clarity of thought.

This is nothing to dread. Instead, it is a time to undertake all those things one has been putting off because of life’s demands … before it is too late. It is time for to relinquish power and influence and allow younger, perhaps even brighter individuals to assume the reigns. Perhaps they could continue to serve in some limited mentorship roles giving guidance to the newly elected to help them traverse what must be a very confusing terrain … if the work of deSaulnier, Weiner, and Glazer are any indication.

jjshawk September 16, 2021 at 8:28 PM

Yes, term limits, and drug tests (along w/ psych evaluations) for all members of Congress.

Bad Nombre September 16, 2021 at 9:57 PM

No. The best representatives have institutional knowledge and experience serving their constituents.

Tsa September 16, 2021 at 10:00 PM

You see how well that works for California, you still will end with inexperienced morons in office…

Dorothy September 17, 2021 at 9:10 AM

Maybe whats good for the goose is also good for the gander? The President is subject to term limits of 2 terms or 10 years. I think that was put in place after FDR won a 3rd or 4th term. No reason why something similar might be put in place for members of Congress just maybe longer terms. Not going to happen so no one in Congress will every have to worry about it.

Pony September 17, 2021 at 11:25 AM

YES!!! And a retirement age. This would not only stop 70 & 80 year olds from being re-elected on name recognition but also stop 71 year olds as first term Representatives.

jaguarCat86 September 18, 2021 at 6:32 PM

Absolutely!! Money ruins people once they are in office; they become to relaxed and forget why they wanted the position in the first place; they become disconnected from the social community they strived to help in the first place. then its all about how can i make my life better than the rest., im just saying

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