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Term limits increase diversity

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Wpeople1hile 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.

Career politicians don’t serve the democratic process

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Serving in Congress should be privilege, not a career

When our Constitution was written, life spans were half what they are today. No one envisioned the possibility of Congress being a career of decades. Elected officials must leave Congress and worked in the real world under the laws they passed.flag1
This is not a new or radical idea. Term limits, or rotation in office, date back to the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson stated that Congressional term limits would “prevent every danger which might arise to American freedom by continuing too long in office the members of the Continental Congress.” Self-imposed congressional term limits occurred naturally throughout U.S. history until the beginning of the 20th century.
Unfortunately, the U. S. Constitution (1787 to present) left term limits out. Its inclusion is vital to our elected officials’ integrity and to preventing the dishonesty and dysfunction that is rampant in Washington today.
By the turn of the 20th century, the era of incumbency was coming into full swing. Following World War II, an officeholder class developed for Congressional members that matched that of the U.S. Supreme Court where tenure is for life.
The lack of turnover of Congressional elected officials approached nearly 100% by the end of the 20th century. Today the Senate has unlimited six-year terms and the House of Representatives has unlimited two-year terms. This has created a breeding ground for special interest groups, greed and corruption. Many voters are trying to reinstate term limits to encourage a think-tank that produces solid laws to better our country, rather than stagnation and obstructionism.
Members of Congress have become more accountable to the Washington establishment than to the people in their home districts. Both Houses of Congress are often unresponsive and irresponsible, arrogantly putting themselves above the laws they enact, and beyond the control of the citizens they have sworn to represent and serve.
Interestingly, term limits is an issue both Democrats and Republicans agree on. While large majorities of Republicans (84 percent), Democrats (74 percent) and independents (74 percent) favor the idea, today there are no term limits because Congress themselves don’t want them or care what their constituents want or think.
A recent study shows that 224 members of Congress have served 30 plus years.
Do unlimited terms seem like good government policies? After all, the Presidents can only serve for two terms. Why should Congress not have term limits too?