Punt Term Limits; Eliminate the Perks!

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Heard recently on a morning radio talk show in Kansas City, ‘…I’ve
only been in office 14 years …’ Isn’t that the crux
of our challenges with a non-responsive, non-representative and
irresponsible Federal government?

Whenever there is unrest amongst the electorate, isn’t term
limits the leading, knee-jerk solution for non-responsive, non-representative,
and irresponsible government? Isn’t there a better solution?
Shouldn’t we just remove all of the perks and exemptions that
make hibernating in elective office much less attractive?

Why is it that elected Federal ‘officials’ get to stack
the deck for their re-elections and overall quality of life when
they are supposed to be representing the citizens of the United

Something appears to change many, if not most, of those who are
elected once they cross the American Rubicon, the Potomac, at the
Federal level (and enter the chambers of office at the state, county
and city levels of government) to conduct the ‘business of
the people.’ Over time, it is as if a ‘bunker mentality’
emerges, separating those elected to serve from those they have
sworn to serve. The longer a person is in office and a beneficiary
of the perks and exemptions of office, the more detached they are
likely to become!

Let’s review some of the more reprehensible perks that those
in the ‘American Royalty’ enjoy at the expense of the
American citizens and taxpayers:

  • Access to health insurance from over 300 private companies
    that is NOT single-payer, centralized or government-run health-care
    and exempting themselves from the regime’s stealth-care legislation
    being forced upon the citizens of the United States of America
  • Ability to vote their own pay raises while having the ability
    to limit the COLAs for ‘entitlement’ programs and military
  • Franking privileges that provide those in elected office with
    an unfair advantage against any challengers

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17, 2010

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