Monday, May 22, 2006

Crack the Power of Incumbency - Consecutive Term Limits

If Ray Nagin, mayor of New Orleans, can get reelected, it proves the power of incumbency.

Allowing our U.S. senators and representatives to bask in luxury and opulence in our congress for their entire lives promotes corruption, arrogance and back-room politicking. Would Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff have been able to weave their web of illegal deals if Tom Delay had not spent 22 consecutive years in congress making connections and practically getting "made" as they say in the mafia?

Limiting the number of consecutive terms congressmen can serve will do more to cure Washington of its culture of corruption than all the lobbying laws combined.

This is a simple cure for much of the evil in Washington - let's limit the number of consecutive terms for which a congressman can get elected. After two consecutive winning elections to office, senators and representatives should have to sit out a term. During their "out" term, they can mingle with normal people and get reacquainted with reality. If they are really worth their salt, they can always come back for another two consecutive terms after each "out" period.


At 5/31/2006 05:12:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

This is an interesting proposal. I'm reading Team of Rivals: The political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and I learned that the Illinois state reps "took turns"


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