Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Representative Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) have introduced a proposal for a constitutional amendment that would establish term limits for Senators (two terms) and Representatives (three terms). This is a much needed change that most Americans would appreciate. And as Michael van der Galien says, if Donald Trump was serious when he said he wanted term limits, he needs to jump on this now.
Senators and Representatives will oppose it, for the most part, although last year 48 lawmakers signed a pledge supporting term limits. (That total included only one Democrat.)
It will be an uphill battle as most of the elected officials are in the best job they've ever had. And they'll fight tooth and nail to hang onto them.
Then there's the revolving door issue. As Tim Carney said on Tuesday:
At 12:01 today, a few dozen men and women will become former congressmen and former senators. If you know how Washington works, you know that "former lawmaker" can safely be translated as "lobbyist."
That has been a reliable retirement job for those leaving office. But term limits will make it a buyer's market with the lobby firms able to pick from a much larger field of less experienced former law makers. That means that while in office they will be angling for positions on committees that receive the most intensive lobbying to give them a better shot at their next job.
Be that as it may, term limits will offer voters and taxpayers better representation than the lifetime office holders can provide.
And before you know it, we'll be wanting term limits on bureaucrats, too. We're that deplorable.