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Forget term limits, address real concerns

May 9, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

To the editor:

The article, "Term limits without amending the Constitution," in the April 25, 2018, issue touted a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives as a strategy to achieve term limits without the near impossible process of amending the Constitution.

The proposed bill would reduce the salary of U.S. Representatives who have served six consecutive terms to $1 per year. Similar reductions would apply to senators.

It was claimed that a majority of Americans support term limits. Further, that such a law will rid Congress of career politicians and promote "regular rotation" of "citizen legislators."

Indeed, 15 states have term limits for their elected officials.

In reality, this bill will ensure that only millionaires are able to remain life-time members in the People's House. Fifteen states - with term limits - do not have $1 gimmicks.

Rather than wasting tax dollars on such self-serving pursuits, we should be addressing the real concerns of District 19 voters, such as clean water, health care, education, income inequality, et cetera.

Al Khakee




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