Why are there so many old people?
You how many members of the Senate are over 60? Sixty-one approximately and a lot of these guys have been around for a long time. The two most senior members of the Senate are Patrick Leahy (D-VT), 73, and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), 79. The oldest member still serving is Diane Feinstein (D-CA), 80. And a lot of senators who were sworn in back in the ’80s and 90s (those who are still there) are either in their late sixties or in their seventies. Even a fair number of recent freshmen are past the age of 60 (most recent being Ed Markey elected in a special election in MA to replace now-SOS John Kerry). Granted there’s lot of fairly young people like Cruz, Lee, Rubio and Paul have doing a lot of great work on defunding Obamacare. But the Senate at large is just so old and lacking fresh ideas.
The age of Congress is part of the reason why we’re in the mess we’re in cause not enough people have fresh ideas. So we get higher taxes, no spending restraint and the economy growing at the pace France has been for the past 20 years. I’ve got two proposed solutions here: 1. we pass term limits in both houses barring anybody who’s served more than 6 years in the House or 12 years in the Senate from seeking reelection. That’ll take care of LOT of members who’ve been a long time and retired years ago. But here’s another unique solution: we ban anybody/everybody over the age of 60 from seeking election or reelection. We do this with people below 30 so I don’t see any reason not to do the same with people over 60. Implement these solutions and Congress will be filled with a lot more younger people with fresher ideas.