While national legislatures must have term limits, many elected officials have had only this one job during their whole professional career, state and local governments need limits as well. Of the total of 7,384 state legislative seats in the 50 states, only 1,930 (26.1%) are limited.
By implementing a system of term limits at both the national and state levels, more people will be able to serve. People who are interested in serving their country, rather than themselves. Instead of career politicians holding office, a diverse make up of age, ethnicity, and occupation would prevail. Doctors, teachers, financial professionals, housewives, scientists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, social workers, attorneys, and corporate executives could lend expertise to legislation. Global warming, healthcare, education, energy and business would have more innovation, more insight, and more cost-effective, realistic, practical, and workable solutions to our economic and every day challenges.
Elected representatives who are open to new ideas, compromise and working towards progress for the country would elevate our current system. With more diversity, various political views could work together to achieve a solid plan for governing, prosperity and growth.
Congress’ dismal approval rating would mosdt likely improve, better governing would take place and progress would prevail rather than fostering continuous gridlock.