Jim DeMint proposes term limits for Congress Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) today announced his latest legislative introduction: a Congressional Joint Resolution to amend the Constitution to limit the maximum terms of service of Senators and Representatives. Senator DeMint has three other Senators co-sponsoring his proposed amendment: Tom Coburn (R-OK), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), and Sam Brownback (R-KS). Senator DeMint is making this proposal in order to remove from Washington the class of "permanent politicians" that represent their constituents only in name, and have every incentive to self-identify as permanent residents of Washington, DC, and not as permanent residents of their respective States or districts. He has a point. A Representative might possibly be forced out of office because his State lost a district in the Census, and he winds up being the one told to sacrifice his seat. That, of course, cannot happen to a Senator. Either type of member of Congress might be removed from office for misconduct. Rarely, he gets voted out--and Senator DeMint points out that 90% of all incumbents who seek re-election, win re-election. [snip] The effect of this amendment would be very simple. Senators would be limited to two terms or fifteen years, and Representatives would be limited to three terms or seven years. The President of the United States is, of course, limited to two terms or ten years. And just as Presidential term limits did not constrain the then-sitting President (Harry S. Truman, who declined to run anyway), this new proposed amendment would start to count every Senate or House election after it takes effect. [snip] http://www.examiner.com/x-28973-Ess...-Jim-DeMint-proposes-term-limits-for-Congress With the anger toward Washington probably at an all time high for the past few administrations, do you think that maybe this will gain any traction and become more than just one man tilting at windmills? I wish it would.