Monday, May 02, 2005

Time for Term Limits in Congress...

The time has come to put some term limits on Congress. I think 2 terms for Senators and 5 or 6 terms for Representatives would be about right. We already have a 2-term limit for President and I think that works well. After 8 years I feel most of the voters are ready for a change. 12 years is more than enough for any member of Congress.

Some of the biggest problems going on in Congress these days are because of these career politicians. The do nothing important because they can continue to campaign on the same things each time. It has to be very disheartening for a new member of Congress to find out they have to “toe the party line” or they wont get any support from their parties leaders or any campaign finance support from their party chairs. They become part of the problem right from their first day. Instead of working for the good of the country, they get bogged down in all the ridiculous things that pass for lawmaking. A few of them lately are bringing a bunch of former baseball players to Washington to show their “concern” about steroids, the Terry Shiavo incident, and this important piece of legislation, extending daylight savings time by 2 months.

Most of these career politicians feel that they are above it all. That rules don’t apply to them. They don’t think they have committed ethics offensives or crimes. Does anyone remember the Congressional Post Office scandal about 10 years ago? They take expensive “junkets” paid for by lobbyists. They fill their PACs with family members and pay them huge salaries from campaign funds. When they get caught, they blame the “vast right wing conspiracy” or “the left wing media”. They take no responsibility for anything, including never getting anything done.

A few of the “lifers” that need to go are Ted Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, John McCain, Tom Delay, Harry Reid, Carl Levin, Arlen Specter, Orrin Hatch, Joe Biden, Maxine Waters, Henry Hide, Henry Waxman, and the list goes on and on…


Blogger Dick Maag said...

Dear Iceman, Right On! You forgot Robert Byrd, who should rate up there witrh Teddy! Dad

10:47 AM  

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