Letter: Term limits necessary for our modern era

Term limits necessary for our modern era

To the editor:

I believe that we need term limits for Congress, as we have for the president.

When the Founding Fathers were writing the Constitution, the average life expectancy was 46. It is now 79. The Constitution requires senators to be at least 30, and serve six-year terms. In the 18th century, it would be unusual for a senator to last three terms. Nature made built-in term limits. Today, the median age of the Senate is nearly 63, with only 14 under 50, and five in their 80s. I doubt the Founding Fathers could have envisioned this!

If I remember my history properly, the original concept was that congressmen would serve a term or two and then return to their former occupation. The idea of a Washington career was not what the Founders had in mind.

Part of the problem of gridlock in Washington is that there is little new thinking due to the entrenched Congress, especially the Senate. Since Congress writes the laws, asking members to add term limits for themselves would be a difficult, if not impossible, task.

Is there any other way to get this done?

Michael Hutchinson, Adams


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