Is the Time Ripe to Make Term Limits an Issue?
It seems to me that the government has become an adversary of the citizens, and I think it is in large part due to the appropriations process. In an effort to keep their power, incumbents of all parties become comfortable spending taxpayer money on non-necessary but cool things like entitlements, museums, parks, buildings, etc. The taxpayer in Minnesota contributes to a bridge in rural Louisiana, while the Louisianians money goes to help build a school in Massachusetts. Projects into which the federal government has no business sticking its nose, much less our tax dollars, sprout like weeds around the entire nation, year after year after year.
At election time, incumbents emphasize to their constituents the value of Congressional seniority, and many voters fall for it without thinking about the sheer idiocy of reelecting someone who thinks it’s a great accomplishment to return a miniscule portion of tax dollars to those from whom they were taken. Insanity!
At any rate, I think it would be advantageous for challengers for Congress to include in their platform a commitment to propose and support amending the Constitution to limit anyone to a maximum of 12 years in Congress. If the outrage we are seeing is deep enough, and if some early challengers make this an issue and it catches on, then maybe some incumbents might pledge to support term limits as well.
Proposed Amendment XXVIII
Senators and Representatives shall not serve more than twelve years in the aggregate in the Congress. This Article shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of Senator or Representative during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of Senator or Representative during the remainder of such term.