Op-Ed: New term limits for members of US Congress
There are many reasons to set term limits for the members of our Congress. Without getting into a heated discussion about the pros and cons of such an idea, perhaps it might be a good idea to take a look at what the possible impact would be.
For the sake of argument, let’s say that the law regarding term limits would allow for a maximum of 16 years in office and/or the maximum age of 75, whichever occurs sooner.
In accordance with such a law, there are approximately 114 members of Congress who would have to retire.
For the Senate:
Approximately 23 Senators who have served in office for at least 16 years, or who will have reached the age of 75 or older by the end of their current term in office, would be forced to retire. There are approximately eight Senators who are 80 years old or older.
For the House:
Approximately 91 Representatives who have served in office for at least 16 years, or who will have reached the age of 75 or older by the end of their current term in office, would be forced to retire. There are approximately 11 Representatives who are 80 years old or older.
Current salaries for Senators and Representatives are considered more than adequate and should be frozen at their current levels.
Any Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) increases for members of Congress should be at the same percentage as approved for the general public.
Candidates who believe that Shariah Law is above our Constitution should not be permitted to serve in our Congress. Disobeying the “Oath of Office” would justify immediate impeachment.
Donations to candidates for election/re-election should be limited and the practice of Democratic, Republican and/or Independent parties providing financial assistance to candidates or incumbents for their campaigns should be prohibited.
Brooks Outland is a Korean and Vietnam war veteran. He volunteered to serve in Vietnam because he was keen to help the people of South Vietnam keep their freedom and their country from communist takeover by the North. After retiring, Brooks and his wife spent eight years volunteering aboard his old battleship, the USS Missouri (BB-63), before returning to the mainland in Arkansas in 2015.
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