Time to make some changes

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

We must have term limits for both the Congress and the Senate. Incumbency only serves to build wealth and control for the legislator.

Neither of which is good for the country as a whole.

Change the Presidential term to one six year term. If you did a great job and the person who follows you into office didn’t do so well we will allow you to make a second run if it’s the will of the people after you’ve sat out for six years.

We must remove the over the top benefits and retirement packages these elected officials receive. The lure of these benefit packages and millions dollars made from serving in office by those we elect to office separate them from the people they’ve sworn to serve.

Restrict legislators from becoming lobbyists immediately after their term has expired. A six-year ban removes the influence they could exert over colleagues still in the House. Legislators must be more accountable to their constituents than they to those that helped get them elected.

We must insist on financial reform election. The Super PACs that dominated the last presidential campaign must be outlawed. We need to cap the maximum donations given by individuals, corporation, unions and PACs. Failure to address this insures that elections are out of the people’s hands and in those who can afford to manipulate the outcome.

Congress has rigged the system when redistricting comes into play. All too often they are not done for geographical or population purposes but for political purposes that guarantees elections.

Both parties play this game and it is time we put a stop to it.

These are just a few ideas I have to get the ball rolling. I’m certain you to have thoughts. Send them to me.

We’ll compile a list and see if we can’t get the ball rolling from our corner of the country. Something must be done soon or we’ll be evicted from our own country for failure to pay the bills.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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