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Institute term limits to reduce corruption

I saw a picture of Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia in The News recently, walking with a cane. It got me thinking about term limits, which was such a hot topic several years ago. Whatever happened to the term limit discussion? Remember the concept?

We have mayors for life, senators for life, governors for life. There are people in Congress in their 80s and 90s who are still serving. What a great gig. It is so good that many apparently never even consider retirement.

Whatever happened to the citizen politician who got involved when necessary but then returned home to his farm or business?

The career politician in most cases generates degrees of political corruption, whether it’s bad practices that go on and on, integrity challenges, such as old familiar lobbying pressures, or the constant trolling for money for re-election.

I understand the argument against term limits because they may force some good politicians out. But what, really, is that percentage: 10 percent good and 90 percent bad, or 10 percent good and 90 percent mediocre?

This ties in to my earlier point. Originally, the intent was to get in, serve some time helping your constituents and the country as a whole, and get out.

So who killed the groundswell for term limits? The career politicians, that’s who.

Lou Speranza

Hamburg