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Tue Mar 2, 2021, 11:30 AM

50 currently serving Senators are age 65 and over. Of those 50, 26 are age 70 or older.

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Reply 50 currently serving Senators are age 65 and over. Of those 50, 26 are age 70 or older. (Original post)
cornball 24 Mar 2021 OP
hlthe2b Mar 2021 #1
beaglelover Mar 2021 #2
Mariana Mar 2021 #7
Calculating Mar 2021 #9
Dream Girl Mar 2021 #3
LiberalFighter Mar 2021 #4
LiberalFighter Mar 2021 #8
LiberalFighter Mar 2021 #5
LiberalFighter Mar 2021 #6
Hortensis Mar 2021 #10
cornball 24 Mar 2021 #11
BGBD Mar 2021 #12

Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 11:33 AM

1. So? We have incredibly moronic and incompetent House members (25yo Cawthorne, for example)

34 yo. Lauren Boebert... There are those of questionable intelligence, cognitive clarity and sentience in every age group.

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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 11:34 AM

2. So what. With age comes wisdom!

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Response to beaglelover (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 12:03 PM

7. Then why do the majority of older voters cast their ballots for Republicans? nt.

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Response to beaglelover (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 12:17 PM

9. Also stubborn viewpoints

And the lack of caring for the future because, they'll be dead by then anyway.

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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 11:53 AM

3. The issue is not their age, but how long they have served. I think it's time to revisit term limits

 

But thatís not happening.

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Response to Dream Girl (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 11:57 AM

4. Absolutely not!

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Response to Dream Girl (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 12:14 PM

8. Why there should not be term limits.

1) It puts more power in the Executive Branch.
There would be less effective oversight by the Legislative Branch when congressional members don't have the knowledge and interaction with the many different departments and agencies. It takes more than just a few years to gain that knowledge and know the people within those departments and agencies. Relationships with federal employees take time and is necessary to protect against corrupt officials.

2) It reduces the ability to transfer knowledge about Senate or House rules.
With fewer members with years of experience would result in members not having the knowledge about the rules and history to fight back against people like Trump.

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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 12:00 PM

5. Years of service is a critical factor more than age.

From the Congressional Research Service
Congressional Careers: Service Tenure and Patterns of Member Service, 1789-2021

The average years of service for Members of the 117th Congress, as of January 3, 2021, when the Congress convened, was 8.9 years for the House and 11.0 years for the Senate. In comparison, the average years of service for Members of the 116th Congress, as of January 3, 2019, when the Congress convened, was 8.6 years for the House and 10.1 years for the Senate.

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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 12:03 PM

6. Age should not be a negative factor.

If they are doing their job.

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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 12:30 PM

10. Wait 'til brain surgeons and landscape contractors who'd always wanted to

bring their talents (real or imagined) to government, if they could only have afforded to, routinely retire and take it up as their next career. Inevitable with a lot more people living longer and healthier.

We need talented, principled professionals come out of duty and ideals, but the system should wring what they have to offer out of them and encourage them to want to move on. Right now many like their cushy positions so much they settle in for life.

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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 12:31 PM

11. I posted this as I thought it was an interesting stat. I am 79.

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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 12:34 PM

12. We have term limits

They are called elections.

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