Term Limits


The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity (future generations) on a large scale… Thomas Jefferson

Since Tax Day 2009 politician have been going deaf.  The Washington State Legislature didn’t have the votes for a sales tax increase, but how long did that last?  What other taxes have they raised?!  The US Congress continues to increase the debt ceiling instead of instituting reasonable spending cuts.  A reasonable person would conclude the majority of incumbents don’t care about our children’s and grandchildren’s futures.

There is something we can do and it must come from “we the people.”  Support for this idea is common to the vast majority of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans.  It is TERM LIMITS for both Federal and State legislatures.  Congress passed term limits for the Presidency but they forgot to do the same for themselves.  Now it is our turn to institute term limits for Congress.

A (Constitutional) amendment (for Congressional Term Limits) could never achieve the blessing of Congress; it could be initiated only by the States… Dwight D. Eisenhower

The American political scene NEEDS Term Limits!  Concentrated power subverts good governance.  Occasionally we get good Congressmen elected but the longer our incumbents stay in D.C. the more most of them are corrupted and slide into fiscal irresponsibility.   The cure is term limits.

Term limits would cure both senility and seniority – both terrible legislative diseases…  Harry S. Truman

So join in the effort.  Turn your anger into action and let’s force term limits on our Congressman.  It is time to clean the House and the Senate and term limits is the ticket.  We know they will claim that experienced legislators are to valuable to let go.  My response is the same as Reagan’s

Professional politicians like to talk about the value of experience in government.  Nuts! The only experience you gain in politics is how to be political… Ronald Reagan

One thought on “Term Limits

  1. Term limits can be a two-edged sword. True, it helps to remove the excess baggage from office, who only have name recognition going for them, but it occasionally removes good public servants. More importantly, the hired staff usually remains in place, and that’s where most of the problems occur. Any new-comer to office MUST rely on the staff, who constantly and persuasively lobby to maintain their own power-base. That is one reason why so many good people elected to office seem to change once they get there. If you can accept the occasional loss of the good elected officials, then term limits could be worth pursuing and the overall result might be positive. But a better goal is figuring-out how to clean-house on the staff, who are pulling strings from behind. If you have good people in office, work with them. If you don’t then throw them out and don’t waste your energy trying to implement term limits, because the real problem is deeper inside the system.

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