More than 95% of incumbent politicians win re-election to the US Congress. Incumbents win re-election at a higher rate than they did in the Soviet Politburo.
With each successive term, politicians grow more and more distant from the people. It is hard to understand the plight of ordinary citizens when Congressman make over $170,000 per year, have health care benefits worth another $15,000 and become fully vested in a lucrative pension plan within a few years.
Some pundits like to remark that we already have term limits they're called "elections." This glib response ignores the fact that incumbent US Senators start each election cycle with an average of $8 million dollars in the bank. The average US Representative starts with over $1 million in the bank.
Most of this incumbent cash comes in the form of $5000 checks from special interest groups that want federal contracts or federal favors.
The challenger must raise his or her contributions largely from individuals, typically averaging under $100 per check.
Is it any wonder that incumbents win almost every election?
Long term incumbency leads to politicians who seem to care more about what is best for their career than what is best for their country.
After the vast enlargement of government under FDR, the country reacted fairly quickly to limit the terms of the President. Over 80% of the public, both Democrats and Republicans, favor term limits. What will it take to force a vote on Congressional Term Limits?
Today we are drowning in a sea of debt, teetering on financial ruin if we don't get our house in order. Will this crisis be the one that finally convinces us as a nation to bring these politicians home, to replace them?
What the movement needs is a leader elected to the US Senate. I hope you will help both the Term Limits movement and the country by supporting my campaign for the US Senate.