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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Term Limits: Good for the People, Good for Politicians

Every few years, you’ll hear people discuss the idea of term limits, but the rumblings never amount to much. However, with the rise of Donald Trump -- a political outsider -- many on both sides of the party line are more interested than ever in sacking career politicians and introducing fresh faces to Washington.

The Sad State of Washington

John Adams once famously said, “Without term limits every man in power becomes a ravenous beast of prey.” Little did he know just how true these words would ring even centuries later.

At one point, just a couple of years ago, there were 36 senators who had been in elected office for more than 30 years. Of the 100 senators in Washington at the time, only 10 had a business background. Of these 10 senators, most had been in office longer than they were in business. Perhaps this could explain why Congress’ approval rating has hovered between 10 and 20 percent for so long.

Currently, there are no term limits for vice presidents, representatives, senators, and Supreme Court justices. On the state level, there are still 14 states that don’t have strict term limits for their governors.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This can never happen.
If it did, it would really lessen the value of campaign donations by the biggest corporations in the world.
Why would they want to lessen the value of their donations?

They would have to buy candidates more often which is simply not efficient.

Anonymous said...

We the people are asking congress to vote itself out of a job? Like that's ever going to happen.

Anonymous said...

This can happen. If the voters only vote for candidates who will instate term limits, this can happen.

When did we forget that they work for us? WE have the power... not them.