How long is too long to serve in Washington?
Many of our representatives have been in office for most of their adult lives. Some of them continue to do good work in DC and in their home districts. Others have become so corrupted by the money and power in today’s politics that they have forgotten what it is like to be a private citizen. They have forgotten what it is like to live paycheck to paycheck. To struggle to find work when the economy hits record lows. To afford to live the American Dream, no matter how hard they work.
Establishing term limits is one way to stop this disconnect in our government. Along with publicly funded campaigns, term limits can help ensure a more connected and responsive government; one that truly works for those it serves.
House terms go back to four years. House elections, ones that are publicly funded, occur only during mid-terms. Limit a representative’s terms to no more than three. That not only gives representatives twelve years to understand the processes involved and to govern, but it also helps hold them accountable for nurturing the next generation of community leaders. No more out-of-touch, larger than life, multi-millionaires governing until they die in office or are removed under a cloud of scandal.
Let’s bring the power of democracy and government back to the people.