Performance-Based Term Limits For Federal Offices

Performance-Based Term Limits For Federal Offices

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Perry Waag started this petition to Representative Nancy Pelosi and

Our national debt continues to explode and is now larger than the size of our entire economic output. Another recession will happen, it is just a question of when. Yet politicians continue to kick the problem down the road.

As a father of an 11 year old daughter, I have a problem with that, because I have to be able to look her in the eye and say I tried to do everything I could to fix this mess so that her generation doesn't have to.

It is said that voting is the ultimate job performance review, but the politicians have gerrymandered and gamed the system so that they can pick their voters instead of the other way around.

Term limits by themselves will not fix the problem if the system is broken. It will just incentivize elected officials to get what they can while in office and then move on and cash in, and replace them with another like-minded person.

But what if term limits were determined by set performance criteria? Then the good ones that are producing for the American people could keep running if they so choose, and the bad ones wouldn't be able to run again.

This would have to be a voluntary pledge that all running for office would have to sign on to, and not something written into the US Constitution. Below are the proposed parameters:

All current Federal elected officials (Congress and President) are permanently barred from running for re-election or other public offices if:

a) the Federal Budget Deficit exceeds 3% of GDP for 12 consecutive months,
b) and/or the National Debt exceeds the GDP for 12 consecutive months,
c) and/or the % of the national debt that is foreign debt exceeds 33% for 12 consecutive months

Additionally, if any government shut downs occur while in office, the individual is automatically barred from running for public office of any kind again.

The operating of the government and the services it provides to the American people should never be used as a pawn in negotiating.

Government shutdowns are the very definition of a failure to lead and work together.

We all have far more in common than we do that divides us.

The vast majority of Americans just want their elected officials to go to work and solve problems without drama, and work together, the same way they are expected to in their day to day lives.

This self-imposed term limit proposal would go a long way towards forcing our elected officials to work together to fix our largest national security threat....our national debt and fiscal irresponsibility, and in the process hopefully thereby get them to work together on a whole host of other problems.

Solutions exist and all of our problems are solvable....but we need to work together.

We are all patriots and all want what is best for our country. It is incumbent on every one of us to do all that we can to leave this place better than we found it for future generations of Americans.


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