You know, there’s a lot of talk about how dysfunctional congress is. Hardly a week goes by without some article like this one reminding us of how bad our Congress is and how there is just about no hope for fixing the stalemates.
A new Pew Research Center study found that the nation is more politically polarized than it has been in the past 25 years and “the values gap between Republicans and Democrats is now greater than gender, age, race or class divides.” So, there’s little chance of compromise on solutions for shoring up the ailing economy and stanching job losses as the country braces for the impact of more than $1 trillion in mandatory budget cuts set to kick in next year.
Yet no one ever offers up a solution to this never-ending stalemate situation. You can change the names, and the result is still the same. It’s one thing to sit and bitch about how bad congress is but what can you do about it? Most people think there is nothing they can do about it but that is simply not true. The basic problem with congress members is that they are they for their individual career first and their constituents second. If I can find fault in any of our country’s founders decisions, I would say they erred when they failed to write term limits into seats of congress. Of course how could they have known what a dysfunctional organization congress would turn out to be?
How would term limits solve the problem? Simple. If each congress member knows that he / she is only going to be there for 8 years, there should be more motivation to do what the people actually want done. Each of them will have less time to work with. Just enough time for long term planning but not enough time for wickedly unproductive stalemates.
How likely is it that congress will ever get term limits implemented? Can you say “Snowball’s chance in Hell”? It would have to be authorized by congress itself; in effect each member voting to limit their plan to become a career congress member. Kind of like voting themselves out of work. So again, what can you do about it? Simple. Stop voting for the incumbents. Period. No matter whether you are Democrat or Republican, whoever the incumbent is, vote for the other man or woman. If those assholes know they don’t stand much of a chance of being re-elected unless their congress becomes a stellar performing congress, they might actually work together to get things done. Send the message with your vote by voting out the incumbents this November. If that were to happen, congress would begin to improve immediately. However, the message may take a few election cycles to finally get through. Just do it.