A lack of business experience
Of our 100 US Senators, only about 10 have a business background. Of those Senators with any business experience, on average, they have been in office longer than they were in business.
Out of touch
There are 36 senators who have been in elected office for more than 30 years. No wonder our economy is stagnant, businesses are struggling, and our country’s finances are in disarray.
A rigged system
We all know who is to blame for the terrible results from Washington. Career politicians created the economic and debt crisis we are in right now. That’s why the approval rating of Congress is 10%, the lowest it’s been in the 70 years that Gallop has tracked their rating. Yet, we re-elect the same people 92% of the time.
So why aren’t they held accountable? They have rigged the system in their favor. Too much of the money raised by the incumbent politicians in this race came from DC lobbyists, PACs, and special interests. That’s the sign of a system run amok. And that advantage keeps good people from outside the political establishment from running for office.
I don’t think the Founders’ ever envisioned the rise of the career politician. They wanted people from various backgrounds to bring their unique experience to representative government, help solve the issues of the day, and then return home. If you and I stand together right now, we can restore the Founders’ idea of a true representative democracy.
So, what can we do?
Impose term limits
I believe that you should go to Washington, do your public service, and then come back home to live under the laws that you created. That’s why I support term limits.
Right now, there is a bill in Congress that would create a constitutional amendment to limit politicians to no more than 3 terms in the House and 2 in the Senate. I support that effort, but until we get it passed, we are going to have to term limit these folks the old fashioned way- at the ballot box.
Vote them out
Wouldn’t it be nice to get a chance to vote for someone who has done something in the last decade besides running for re-election?
Someone with the knowledge and experience to help get our fiscal house in order and our economy back on track? It can happen if you demand it. Because you are still in control if you just take back the reigns. You decide who runs our government.