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CONGRESS: Term limits would be liberating

Letter by L. H. Smith, University Place on Oct. 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm with No Comments »
October 18, 2013 2:34 pm

Recently, I watched Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer complain of “business as usual” in reference to the congressional logjam over the debt ceiling and Obamacare. Hoyer is incorrect in his criticism of “business as usual” because the problem is not the usual business but the “usual culprits” conducting that business.

If we are really going to stop these government shenanigans, we need to establish term limits for members of Congress. Our elected officials are so terrified of not getting re-elected that they won’t do the right thing to help solve our problems.

We are in a mess financially. Entitlement spending at ever growing levels and a vast international overseas military empire are not sustainable, and we can’t pay the tab. We need elected officials who will step up to the task and rein in the spending, serve for a term or two, and then return to their private lives. I suggest we amend the Constitution to limit House members to more than four terms and senators to more than two terms.

It’s time to end politics as a career choice. No more career politicians, please!

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