Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Term Limits – NOW!!!!

As has happened so often in the history of the country, we are looking at term limits once again. In the past, I have been on the fence when it comes to term limits.

There’s the “Pro Term Limits” side of me who believes that term limits would help fill the government with citizen servants as intended by the founding fathers. Then there’s the “No Term Limits” side of me who sees where incumbents are term limited during elections by what should be an educated electorate.

                After eight years as a political party county chairman, I have seen both sides at work, I have spoken with many elected officials on this subject, and I have sent several resolutions and testimony as to what should happen to ensure a better way. NO ONE LISTENS.

                I mean honestly, who must approve the consideration of term limits and who would be negatively affected by them? You guessed it, Career Politicians.

                The other night I was at a local women’s meeting and someone asked me how do you know if someone is a career politician? It’s easy, if they tell you they’re not a career politician, but cannot or will not give you an actual number of terms or years they are going to serve, then they are career politicians.

                Many people make the point that not all the politicians are bad apples and go on to ask why should we rid ourselves of the good ones? The general problem is not that there aren’t good folks in congress. The problem is that those serving in office for too long, either willingly or unknowingly, become an aid in the complication of the legislative process that is the antitheses of the simple concept of government that our forefathers had in mind.

                Think about the number of times you have heard someone tell you that we need someone in office who “understands” the way Washington (or your state capital) works. Government is complicated because career politicians have made it that way, not because it was designed to be that way.

                In 1865, the federal government freed the slaves with the 13th Amendment which was just one page long! In 1935, when career politicians were coming of age, the Social Security act took 82 pages. And then just few years ago, the federal government gave us the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which was a total of 20,000 pages long……. 20,000.

Senator Mitch McConnell stands next nearly 20,000 page ObamaCare bill.

It’s brutally apparent that the time has come for us to incorporate the use of term limits to put real limits on those in the legislature and to right the wrongs imposed on us by career politicians (of both parties). Not because there aren’t any good people serving in government, but because there are too many who make a career of legislating the citizens rather than serving them.

This year, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) have proposed a two-paged resolution to create a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on the United States Congress. Many folks in both houses have signed on as cosponsors including the following Senators; Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).

House Speaker Paul Ryan had said he supports Term Limits but has yet to schedule any action on this subject. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been extremely negative on the subject saying, “I would say we have term limits now. They’re called elections. And it will not be on the agenda in the Senate.” I would say to Senator McConnell that he is exactly the sort of career politician we need term limits for.

More on this in the days to come, but I would encourage everyone to reach out to their congressmen and let them know how you feel on the subject. Whether you agree with term limits or not, let you congressmen know. We say that often, nut there are multiple ways to contact them via email, phone, Facebook, etc. Just make contact.

Thanks,
Bill




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