The Importance Of Term Limits, And Government Conflicts Of Interest…
Because members of Congress and Senators in essence have no term limits, they stand to advance their careers and capital gains by growing government bureaucracy. Case studies have proven that without term limits, politicians tend to advance their own personal needs over the Public’s needs as time goes on, regardless if their original intentions were good. It goes back to the old saying, “absolute power absolutely corrupts.”
You can’t change the nature of man, so that’s why we need to implement systems that understand the nature of man and that put restraints on man, so as to restrain the inherent flaws that naturally manifest when not contained. It’s not difficult to understand what systems to put into place to prevent certain types of corruption and behaviors. For example, we’ve created a checks and balance system that helps keep us in check. Is it perfect? No nothing is perfect, but when operated as designed, it works quite well. Term limits are absolutely one of those systems that needs to be implemented to help curb corruption, as well as encourage new blood.
- Term Limits can help break the cycle of corruption in Congress. Case studies show that the longer individuals stay in office, the more likely they are to stop serving the public and begin serving their own interests.
- Term Limits will encourage regular citizens to run for office. Presently, there is a 94% re-election rate in the House and 83% in the Senate. Because of name recognition, and usually the advantage of money, it can be easy to stay in office. Without legitimate competition, what is the incentive for a member of Congress to serve the public? Furthermore, it is almost a lost cause for the average citizen to try to campaign against current members of Congress.
- Term Limits will break the power special interest groups have in Congress.
- Term Limits will force politicians to think about the impact of their legislation because they will be returning to their communities shortly to live under the laws they enacted.
- Term Limits will bring diversity of people and fresh ideas to Congress.
Cited Source… http://ourgeneration.org/term-limits/
Other Government Conflicts Of Interest:
- The federal government financially benefits off people not having health insurance.
- Government officials responsible for approving certain drugs and products, hold shares in the companies that produce these drugs and products before they get past. Therefore, they financially profit when their shares increase.
- Government leaders responsible for making the decision to go to war have investments in military contracts and they directly financially benefit from wars and conflicts. (example: Dick Cheney and his relationship with Halliburton)
- Government leaders responsible for making decisions in regards to resources such as oil that financially benefit from oil/resources, sales, and revenue. (example: The Bush’s relationship with the Saudis)
- Government officials responsible for regulation and deregulation of Industry that make money from lobbyists that benefit from their decisions, such as Bill Clinton that in essence repealed the Glass-Steagall Act, which was a 1933 law (banking regulation) that established a firewall between investment and commercial banking. It was in essence repealed in 1994 and 1999 with the Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, both signed into law by Bill Clinton. This permitted Wall Street investment banking firms to gamble with their depositors’ money that was held in affiliated commercial banks:
And this is just an incredibly short list of conflicts of interest but I wanted to point this out so that people had an idea their government is in fact corrupt and working for their own interests.
Senators may serve an unlimited number of six-year terms and members of the House of Representatives may serve an unlimited number of two-year terms.
- Michael Vincent –
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