Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Of, By, and For

"They got to be kidding", "say it isn't so", "adding insult to injury" our Federal House of Representatives in Washington, DC. just released their 2016 work calander. Out of 365 days in the year, they scheduled only 110 days to be in session. Regular Joes work 50 weeks a year with 2 weeks off for vacation plus additional days off for holidays , so Joe works 48 or 49 weeks at 5 days a week or about 240+ days a year. Remember, congress has a very liberal policy on extra time off and, the sweet plumbs that come with the position, so many, I can't enumerate them all. Next year's session follows this year's "do nothing congress" so maybe it's better they're away from drinking the Potomac Tea served in DC.

I'm no fan of Rand Paul but he does promote "Term Limits" for legislators. Then , when my neighbor, Barry and Reverent Jake, both talked about term limits, I knew the time was right to champion term limits seeing such diverse members of the society were starting to question no limit's worth. Six, 2 year terms for the house, 12 years in all; two, 6 year terms for the senate, 12 years in all; and two, 4 year terms for president, 8 years in all are the logical terms suggested.

Please remember, the authors of the constitution never meant our country to be governed by professional politicians but by ordinary people who could leave their land for a few years, serve, then return to their communities to their land. It is time to rid Congress of "hold me ons", those who have fed at the trough of plenty for most of their lives. Nor should they be allowed freedom to lobby Congress when the finish serving the people. Return government to : "of the people, by the people, and for the people ".

Ronald C. Downie

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