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Explain the arguments for and against term limits.

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Often the pros and cons surrounding the discourse of congressional term limits is around the adequacy of representative capacity. The issue usually being analyzed here is whether elected representative officials of Congress are able to adequately represent their constituents in light of the many influences they will be under during their campaign, during their term of service, and while they run for re-election.

It is important to note that the new models we often associate with serving as politicians vary greatly from the way that members of congress served before modern technology - specifically access to inexpensive flights. Becoming a member of Congress used to be an onerous task, during which period of time, the chosen representative would have to live in the Capital away from family, getting paid less than they would on their usual jobs. These members served specifically for the constituents with very little outside influence (relative to today's politics - particularly with regard to lobbyists), and intended to serve one term. Today, flying to and from D.C. is not nearly as difficult and has lead to the creation ...

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Congressional leaders do not have term limits the way Presidents do. This is often a point of contention among political scientists. Here, I analyze some of the arguments for and against limiting the amount of time Congressional officials have in office.