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Old 13 Oct 2004, 04:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thread title should be self explainatory.

I personally believe the term should be lengthened to 6-8 years.
Many presidents get to coast on programs created by their predacessor, while others get the blame for what their predaccessor did( or did not do). Generally after 4 years a president is just getting into the groove, their programs are just finally getting a chance to start. I think the country migh benefit from keeping the same administration for more than 4 years at a time.

I've got more to say on this, but I'll wait til I'm actually awake to elaborate.
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Old 13 Oct 2004, 10:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Most countries have a 6 year term. I agree that the periods should be lenghtened to 6 years. More than six years is not healthy for a nation.
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Old 13 Oct 2004, 03:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You know i never really thought about it untill now. You bring up some good points. I would however have to agree with ST and say to cut it off at 6. More than 6 could be okay with the right president, but with the wrong president it could be hell.
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Old 13 Oct 2004, 04:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wolf, it is nice to see you post in here.....

I agree that the term should probably go to six years in a way.....it takes basically two years to change policies left by the previous regime, then it takes two years to build your policies.....that's why two term presidents are better in the second term.....they actually get to show what it is they were working toward......

on the other hand, I shudder to think about what would have happened if Jimmy Carter were the president for two more years.....
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Old 13 Oct 2004, 04:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice but would any of you really like to see such presidents as George W. Bush get 6 years or John Kerry get 6 years... or *shudders just even thinking about it* 12?
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I think that the term should 6 years and there should only be one term because if they have to worry about re-election then they won't do what they really want until the second term. That's how most presidents are, they aren't aggresive until they are re-elected because they are worried that if they do something that the people will not like then they won't be re-elected.
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I actually like the usa system and would like it over here.
We have currently a prime minister that has won 4 or 5 elections in a row and has ruled for over a decade and knowing we had a system where he couldnt serve more than 2 terms of 4 years would I think benifit this country a lot allowing a good turnover of minds to help run this place smoothly
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Old 14 Oct 2004, 01:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Like oeo said, a longer term gives them a chance to get thru existing policies and establish their own.

I also think that the citizens of the US would be less lenient with candidates if they were stuck with them for 6-8 years.
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Most people when they regret re-electing a president they usualy do two years after the election. So a six year term is more than enough to let the people decide if their current president is worth the vote.
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^Very true.

Many people have mentioned the two term limit. I actually oppose this and prefer a two consecutive term limit. So that no one has all the power for so long and if a very popular person is elected, they have a chance to get reelected in 4 years.
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