Term limits would lead to more cooperation

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: February 5 2013 | 12:01 pm - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 11:00 am in
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I have long felt that one-term limits for all members of Congress would enable more compromise and cooperation. The Jan. 24 article, “Iowa leads in experience,” regarding the terms of Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Tom Harkin, convinced me that it may open the door to balanced budgets.

First, Congress could focus on what is good for the whole country rather than electorate areas. Efforts and time need not focus on getting re-elected (no adjourning to campaign). Committee chairs would not be based on tenure or patronizing agreements nor co-sponsoring bill deals.

Other things to be considered are positions could not be filled by a family member; no congressional elections during year of presidential election; and no riding in on presidential coattails.

Entitlements the same for all citizens.

Are these candidates interested in serving for themselves or for the country?

There would be a one-year period as senator/representative-elect, financed by winning candidates’ parties, so they learn “how to play the game” before serving.

Roger Swanson

Monona

 

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