Law makers have already begun pouring cold water on any real change in Washington, D.C. Immediately following Trump’s election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated in no uncertain terms that the Senate will not consider a term limits amendment: “We have term limits,” McConnell said. “They’re called elections.” Well of course Mitch would say that. He represents all that is wrong with Washington. Mitch McConnell is a master manipulator and strategist but not in a good way. In 2015 McConnell teamed up with Harry Reid and the Democrats to get big-ticket legislation across the finish line, often leaving his own party split and conservatives on the sidelines. Speaker Paul Ryan did much the same in his first months in the job, which is why conservative republicans have him pegged as RINO (Republican In Name Only.)
Republicans may control the White House and Congress, and the senate but Republicans want power just as much as Democrats and they aren’t about to give it up. Democrats were annoyed that Republicans tried painting the omnibus bill as a win for Republicans, since “In their view, the $1.8 trillion spending and tax deal that passed in December of 2015 wouldn’t have been written much differently if Reid were still majority leader.”
The Heritage Foundation wrote a paper in 1994 entitled “The only way we can clean up Washington is through term limits.” If you want to get a grasp of the problem; I encoutage you to read it here
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), speaking to Politico about the $1 trillion bill, said: “McConnell is indeed compromising to get things done, but it’s a Democratic program. The tea party made it happen. Because they wouldn’t give him votes, so he had to come to Democrats.” Notice how the word compromise means democrats get what they want. Never does the word compromise ever refer to Republicans getting what they want with the help of Democrats, it’s always Republicans helping Democrats get what they want. This is why the idea of term limits for legislators is gaining momentum.
Term limits have been placed on 15 state legislatures, eight of the ten largest cities in America adopted term limits for their city councils and/or mayors, and 37 states place term limits on their constitutional officers.
Term limits provide fresh faces with fresh ideas to elected office. They reduce lobbyist and special interest influence and make room in Congress for the citizen legislator. Americans are sick of the political games and power politics; they are ready for a return to a citizen legislature which was the intent of our founding fathers. Those in Congress committed to bringing genuine change to Washington are invited to sign the U.S. Term Limits Constitutional Amendment Pledge calling for Congressional term limits of three terms in the House and two in the Senate. Term limits are opposed mostly by elected officials and the special-interest groups that depend on cronism to accomplish their will even when their will is in contradiction to the will of the people. It becomes a battle of wills. The lobbyest always wins over the will of the people. That has to stop.
Here are some of the biggest laws that McConnell got passed last year by working with his Democratic allies in Congress, according to Politico:
He chose the no-shutdown door again. McConnell, backed unanimously by the Democratic Caucus, approved a short-term funding bill that set up bipartisan budget negotiations. Later in the fall, McConnell and Democrats teamed up on a budget and debt ceiling measure, with 35 Republicans voting “no.” Ahead of the vote, Cruz called McConnell “the most effective Democratic leader in modern times.” Last week, when the Senate finally approved the tax and spending bill based on the budget, 26 Republicans voted against it.
McConnell was on the losing end of this one. But aside from that, the dynamic was pretty much the same: Democrats carrying a bill that cleaved the GOP Conference.
Education and Healthcare
Rewriting the No Child Left Behind law, and addressing the annual problem of reimbursement rates for doctors who treat Medicare patients — aka the “doc fix” – Yet there’s still lingering resentment on the right among those who voted “no.” Cruz said the education rewrite continued “failed top-down standards like Common Core” and chided McConnell: “The American people expect the Republican majority to do better.” As for the doc fix, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), a staunch fiscal conservative, complained: “When Democrats were in the majority, we refused to pass the legislation until it was paid for. And now when we get the majority, we claim credit for doing the doc fix, but it wasn’t paid for.”
But they don’t have to voluntarily relinquish power for it to be taken away. An Article V Convention of States can propose a term limits amendment — among others — without Congress’s approval. Article V of the Constitution stipulates that a “convention for proposing amendments” can be held if 34 states call for one. Under the Convention of States Project call, these amendments can mandate term limits for federal officials, impose fiscal restraints on Congress, and limit the power and jurisdiction of federal regulators.
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