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CONSERVATIVE SOLUTIONS TERM LIMITS


By Sean Hannity | Jan. 9, 2014 11:03am

It is an undeniable truth that Government today is dysfunctional, bloated, and bureaucratic. Government itself IS THE PROBLEM! When we take a look at the plethora of issues facing the nation today, we have to ask ourselves what is happening in Congress and the Senate? How is it that I have all these elected officials that campaigned on A,B, and C issues, but now that they are in office they are more focused on X, Y, and Z. These people are the picture of everything that is wrong with America, and they need to be reminded that their constituents matter.

Let’s take a look at some of the critical problems facing the nation that the House and Senate seem unable to remedy:

  • Outright generational theft
  • Growing debt
  • Expanding deficits
  • Phoney accounting and rigged numbers
  • Fraudulent spending that has bankrupted Social Security and Medicare
  • Lawlessness:
    • Changing laws by fiat
    • Not enforcing laws already in place
    • Recess appointments when not in recess
  • Lies and false promises with regard to ObamaCare
  • Lies about Libya
  • Widespread obstruction of investigations
  • Spying lawlessly on the American people, ie., the NSA
  • Using the IRS to target political opponents
  • Shocking waste fraud and abuse of tax dollars
  • Inability to control America's borders
  • Endless name caling, political posturing and bickering
  • Judges, in the pocket of certain politicians, who ignore the Constitution citing foreign law and who legislate from the bench

Is it any wonder the American people have just had it with government? Doesn’t this answer the question why people find themselves looking for an alternative to to both political parties? What happened to the idea of three co-equal branches of government? Since when do they all work together to find the best outcome for government, and an equally burdensome result for the people?

This is a structural problem that needs immediate attention. As simple as the solutions are that I am outlining here, it would, in my humble opinion, be unrealistic to expect a different outcome with all the same players remaining on the field. Many of whom are the people who got us into this mess in the first place.

Take a look at the excerpt included below with regard to crucial elements that support term limits. The Cato Institute is a great source of information, and a think tank of experts looking for ways to help every day Americans lead a better life; with less government interference. Ed Crane is the founder and president emeritus of the Cato Institute. Under his leadership, the Cato Institute grew to become one of the nation’s most prominent public policy research organizations. He stepped down as President and CEO in October 2012. Crane and Roger Pilon, director of Cato’s Center for Constitutional Studies, wrote a book in 1994, The Politics and Law of Term Limits. Here is its opening essay:

“Stepping back from these policy arguments, however, one sees a deeper issue in the term- limits debate, an issue that takes us to our very foundations as a nation. No one can doubt that America was dedicated to the proposition that each of us is and ought to be free - free to plan, and live his own life, as a private individual, under a government instituted to secure that freedom. Thus, implicit in our founding vision is the idea that most human affairs take place in what today we call the private sector. That sector - and this is the crucial point - is primary: government comes from it, not the other way around. When we send men and women to Congress to ‘represent’ us, therefore, we want them to understand that they represent us, the overwhelming number of Americans who live our daily lives in that private sector. Moreover, we want them to remember that it is to that private world that they must return, to live under the laws they have made as our representatives. That, in essence, is the message implicit in the growing call for term limits. It is not simply or even primarily a message about ‘good government.’ Rather, it is a message about the very place of government in the larger scheme of things. Government is meant to be our servant, to assist us by securing our liberty as we live our essentially private lives. It is not meant to be our master in some grand public adventure.”

This essay captures exactly what I want people to take away from my conservative solutions caucus. This country belongs to us, all of us, and we need to take it back. Liberty, this is one of our founding principals, why are we so ready to let it go?

The original concept of our founders was that of a "citizen legislator." Men and women would work in the private sector and bring that knowledge to government. After a limited amount of time, that "citizen legislator" would then return to his place of business.

Now, we have created a new class, the lifetime legislator. This political class often has little contact or understanding of the private sector. They impose laws without a good understanding of the effects those laws have on the private sector.

The political class is self-perpetuating. It creates a system that is so complex that only a professional legislator can understand it. Term limits would automatically demand a simplified system. A system that would fly in the face of comments like these, “But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy.” This was said by Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, in 2010, when she was trying to convince the public about the new healthcare legislation proposed by President Obama. Nancy Pelosi has been in office since 1987, and this is the best she has to offer the American people. It is lifers, like Pelosi, that have created the need for Term Limits.

Term Limits are simply a bad idea whose time has come. In an ideal world, I would like to think they are unnecessary, but objective reality dictates they are necessary. The hope is that hiring people temporarily would embolden elected representatives to serve the people they represent, rather than their own personal ambition. We do not want our elected representatives to serve the party or the leadership, or to vote for something in the hopes of securing a coveted committee assignment. It’s time to get rid of those elected officials who think they can simply vote for their own promotion, which may be in direct opposition to what is right for Americans.

The solution to this issue is the following:

  • 6 years in Congress with only 1 term in leadership
  • 12 years in Senate, with only 2 years in leadership

I believe this would give our elected officials the right amount of time to make their mark, push for real answers to real problems, and leave before they make legislation decisions based on nepotism. We want to elect good people with a fire in their belly for freedom and progress. The only way to sustain that is to give new people a chance. We have too many people in Congress and Senate who have settled, they are complacent and immune to the effect they are having outside of Capitol Hill. There is one sure fire way to cure the lackadaisical nature of the daily grind; competition. If our officials know they have a deadline, a time line, a cut off point, then and only then we will see real change. I say let’s turn the hour glass over and bring in new ideas that can actually solve the nation’s obstacles.
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