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Term Limits Revisited

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Kevin T. Hale, KTTV Vice President & General Manager Kevin T. Hale, KTTV Vice President & General Manager

Michigan Congressman John Dingell has just recently announced his retirement after an astounding 58+ years in office.  He is quoted as saying, "I am not going to be carried out feet first."  It seems now, the only way a Congressman is forced to leave office, is to either lose an election -- or die.

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There are no limits on how long a Congressman can serve.  Representative Henry Waxman of California, has also just announced his retirement after 39 long years in office.  Now the current longevity kings are: Patrick Leahy -- in the Senate for nearly 4 decades; and John Conyers -- in the House at 49 years. 

Change is needed. The time has come for Term Limits.

Old rivalries that cause political gridlock can be swept away. Room should be made for new ideas and new perspectives to keep our government moving. That any Congressman can be in office for an unlimited time -- in my opinion -- is just ridiculous. Presidents can only serve two terms. Congressional terms should also be limited. Congress should support Congressman Mick Mulvaney's bill that would amend the Constitution, so that Senate and House officeholders could only serve a maximum of twelve years. Up to now, the Senate and House has blocked all term limit bills. 

Congress:  Stop thinking only of your own interests. Do what is good for the country, not just for yourselves. Support term limits.

Thanks for listening.

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Kevin T. Hale,
Vice President and General Manager
KTTV-TV, FOX 11 News

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