Argument: Term limits create problematic lame duck final terms

Issue Report: Term limits for legislators


Gregory A. Hession, “Term limits – still a bad idea.” The New American. May 25th, 2010: “Term limits also take away the major means of control that the citizens have over their Representatives: elections. The possibility of being thrown out in the next election is the most potent motivator and means of accountability for politicians. In a system of a fixed number of terms, a certain percentage of the Congressmen are lame ducks during their final congressional term, and the people lose their leverage to keep their Representatives on good behavior. (If, for example, U.S. Representatives are limited to three terms, then one-third of the Congress could be lame ducks.)”