Monday, July 27, 2009

Term Limits

I had mixed feelings for many years on the idea of term limits, but over the years I have concluded that prolonged time in Washington, D.C. puts people more in touch with D.C. and more out of touch with anywhere else in the country, or, indeed, the world. My proposal is for continuation of the limit of two terms of four years for the presidency, with the addition of a modified limit for both houses of Congress.

Senators would be limited to a single six-year term and Representatives to a maximum of three consecutive two-year terms. Both would be allowed to run for further terms, but only after a return of at least four years to the private sector, which would NOT include any government employment or private employment requiring dealings with the government (most especially lobbying or dealing with industry regulatory compliance in a capacity that involves direct contact with regulatory agencies of any kind.)