Letter - It's time to set term limits
To the editor: What better argument do we have for term limits than our present situation in this country? We have had, and still could have, the best country in the world if it weren't for all the greed and corruption in our society. This is not...
To the editor:
What better argument do we have for term limits than our present situation in this country? We have had, and still could have, the best country in the world if it weren't for all the greed and corruption in our society. This is not limited to any party by any means. The argument against term limits is that if you have a good person in power you want to keep him or her there. Well, look where that got us.
The longer one stays in office, the more favors one has to return to his or her colleagues and sooner or later we have pork, pork, and more pork in both parties.
Term limits are not the complete answer by any means. We also need to change our campaign rules so that anyone has the same chance at representing us rather than the ridiculously over-financed individuals.
As much as I hate seeing government getting more involved in many areas, this is one time I believe the government should get involved by financing every candidate with a respectable maximum and absolutely no outside money would be allowed. This would eliminate any special interest groups, lobbyists, foreign countries and the like to influence the elections.
I think every legislative candidate, House and Senate, should be limited to a four-year term with a two-term limit. The media also has to be controlled so that they can't do the campaigning on their own as it is now. Our broadcast media has more influence on the public than anything else and if they are slanted one way or another, it's hard to counteract.
I realize that this might be a very simplistic view of reform, but we have to start somewhere. What we have now surely isn't working.