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CONGRESS: It’s past time for term limits

Letter by Francis H. Kinney, Gig Harbor on Jan. 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm | No Comments »
January 2, 2013 1:28 pm

The president can only serve two terms in office. It’s time to limit the terms that members of Congress serve, too.

It seems that the longer elected officials serve, the more distance separates them from those who elected them. They evolve into a political class that looks out for their own selfish interests while telling us how hard they work for us.

I realize that many enter politics to serve the people, but there is no doubt that the longer they serve that the emphasis moves from serving “us” to serving “them.”

Perhaps if senators knew that they would only serve a maximum of two terms in office (12 years total) and representatives six terms (again for a total of 12 years), maybe they would be more inclined to attend to the people’s business rather than keeping and amassing their power. Whatever formula is used to determine terms of office it shouldn’t allow a lifetime of feeding at the public trough.

Of course you hear people complaining about politicians and how they would love to throw them out, but they still re-elect their own contributors to the D.C. mess. I guess we deserve what we allow.

This self-created “fiscal cliff” demonstrates that decisions aren’t made based upon what’s good for the country but to score points by one party over the other.

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