A Letter To The Editor

Regaining control of Congress....

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Dear Editor,

Term limits, term limits, term limits...and make them short terms. Fresh blood and new ideas vs. tired blood and failed ideas. Is that really such a hard choice to see clearly and to make?

A great many thinking Americans would like to see term limits passed, but will in many cases vote for "seniority" and "possible committee chairmanships" or for "our guy!" All of those keep from addressing the question of term limits. And the other drawback? Congress would have to pass them.

There is one other solution for a Congress which has only a 10% approval rating: vote out the old and vote in the new. It takes a little courage, not knowing for sure what kind of music the "new orchestra" might make. Perhaps it would be more pleasing than listening to the "public chorus" of complaints over a problem the public can solve on its own!


[Note: Different papers and editors have their own requirements for what constitutes an acceptable "Letter To the Editor." If you see a merit in this one, or want to write one of your own, please send it to your editors. After all, expecting different results in 2013 by electing the same Congress in 2012, would be like expecting to have summer tomorrow because it's almost spring today.]

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

You know, I love the idea of it, but it doesn't seem to work very well--by the time they learn the job they are out--and maybe that is the point??


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

AudreyHowitt: Your point is a good one. Here is some more information: the average tenure of a Representative is said to be 6 years, and the average tenure for a senator is said to be 8 years. So far, so good. The average for those who become committee chairman (due to seniority) is considerably longer. Sadly, by the time that happens many are well connected in Washington, DC and no longer so well "in touch" with anyone except possibly their state's politicians back home, while their focus has become one of staying in DC.

Worse still, they have the power and expectation to keep "the newcomers" in line with what the old timers see as their own vested interests. Lobbyists know them well, contributors know what they get (or don't) for what they give, and gerimandering back home generally accomodates their getting to stay in DC. If you take the average tenure of a Representative who goes on to become one of the two senators from their state, the statistics tell us that they likely are "part of the Washington Establishment" for 14 years, and some like Utah's Senator Hatch stay for many more years than that and still run for reelection! The patient is unquestionably ill and the Founding Fathers knew even then how it could be fixed...by the voters!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Senator Hatch has served six terms in the Senate and is campaigning for a seventh on the basis that (if the Republicans gain control of the Senate---which is not so likely) he would become Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. If he wins his 7th term, he will be ensconced no matter what happens with control of the Senate, and would probably only leave the Senate, if some president got him a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Published in a major paper. Hoping yours are, too.

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