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CONGRESS: Is it time for Senate term limits?

Letter by Robert Bennett, Steilacoom on May 9, 2012 at 11:58 am | 6 Comments »
May 16, 2012 9:54 am

Shortly after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945, Congress amended the Constitution to put a two-term limit on the presidency. This was to prevent the complete consolidation of executive power which FDR had possessed.

It was a good idea then and it’s still a good idea today. If you look over the roster of the U.S. Senate, there are several long-serving senators on both sides of the aisle. For example, Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, has served since 1963; John Kerry, D-Mass., since 1985; and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, since 1977. Several senators in the past have made a career out of the Senate, such as Ted Kennedy, John Murthra and many others. Is it time to put a two-term limit on the Senate as well?

The American political landscape is ever-changing, but the established leaders seem to last forever. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., who just lost the Republican primary, had been in the Senate since 1977 and had not lived in Indiana for 35 years. Out of touch, perhaps? The “good old boy” political network in Washington may be getting a little too old.

A two-term limit would be good idea to influx new political thinking in Washington. Unfortunately it will never happen. After all, the senators have to vote to limit their political careers.

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