Congressional reforms are desperately needed, reforms of its character, an institutional attitude adjustment, so to speak. Until the illicit motives and daily practices of its members are collectively corrected, any legislation coming out of that body will be tainted and not worthy of the office and the represented people. If the current batch of representatives can’t or won’t enact these reforms, we need to elect some who will. The following list deserves a separate post for each item, but I’ll save that for another day.
- Term limits. – Time in Congress should be a term of service, not a career. Twelve years seems to be the general consensus of proponents for an appropriate stint in either house. (I think that may even be too long, but it may serve as a good compromise. It still provides for 24 years total.) The excuse, “Why send a good servant home, when he can do so much more?” I’m sure that out of a nation of 320 million people, we can find 535 quality replacements every 12 years. Unseasoned delegates, yet to become cozy with the lobbyists, the good-ol’-boy network, and “the way things are done” routines, would be less corruptible and more respectful and responsible to the folks who sent them, and will probably have fresher ideas for solving problems and leading the country. Plus, freedom from constant campaigning will free up time for them to do the job they were sent there to do. Continue reading