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Term Limits, Performance Reports And Sunset Clauses

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Host Al Lewis wants to make term limits voluntary but ask incumbents to split their war chest with competitors to level the playing field. Guest Bradley Smith argues that money is not the only benefit of incumbency and that challengers often need to spend more than the incumbent to win. Jaime Raskin agrees that ideally candidates running for the same office should spend similar amounts.

Herb from Tybee Island, Ga., wants an incumbent to win approval from their constituents to allow them to run for the office again. Raskin thinks it may give incumbents more time to campaign and add another race to the election cycle. Smith likes the idea of cutting down the field before Election Day, but thinks that it could lead to more extreme, not more moderate, candidates winning.

David from Bethesda, Md., thinks that all taxpayers should receive a performance report detailing how well American performs compared to other advanced nations. Smith doesn't think that people would read the report. Raskin likes providing more information to the public.

David from Pleasant Hill, Calif., thinks that laws should come up for a re-vote or consolidation after a set period of time, i.e. a sunset clause. Smith thinks that sunset clauses spark conversation and that most laws and regulations should have them. Raskin likes the idea but argues that there's value in having settled expectations.

Music: "Red Sails In The Sunset" by Stevie Wonder

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