A new Contract with America? But no term limits this time

House Republican candidates will dust off a winning strategy from 1994 today when they unveil what is called a Pledge to America,

Back in 1994, one of the planks was for House members to serve only 12 years or six terms in office.  You can bet that’s not going to be in this year’s pledge. Why not?

Well, some of the House members elected in 1994, including our very one Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, R-Harding, are still in office — some 16 years and eight terms later.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

2 Responses to A new Contract with America? But no term limits this time

  1. Ed France says:

    Yes that is right. No term limits for the candidates.. If one gets elected to congress, or the senate it is almost like winning the lottery. They gets lots of perks and benifits. You are able to develop a nice network of clints also if you have a law degree.
    How many of these people really want to do public service? Who knows? But this may be a year when the average voter may not vote to put the incumbants back in.Too much unemployment and housing market issues. Then there is the war and imigration problems. Lots of work to be done. Those on the payroll do not deserve another chance. Maybe?

  2. Fred, it’s rare for anyone to willingly limit their own power, and so there’s not much chance of Congress passing an amendment for term limits. It will probably require an Article V alternative convention method (which would be the first time ever attempted).

    Also conspicuously absent from the Pledge to America is reform of the 70,000+ page tax code, and repeal of the patriot act.

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