August 15, 2006
A few years ago, I wasn't all that concerned at the concept of a senator or congressman spending several terms in his/ her office, but I've since developed a different opinion as I've watched these folks "do their thing".
The majority of voters, Democrat and Republican alike, read the papers, watch the news and so-forth, but don't really delve into the details of their senators' and reps' job performances. They reelect a lot of complacent, useless, pontificating assholes because they simply don't have time to do any research. Many figure, "Who cares? They're all the same!"
Because of the above, we now have a permanent ruling class, people who have been in Congress forever and take their jobs for granted the same way semi-literate union factory workers might take their own positions.
It gets worse: Now these same parasites are fighting their constituencies' efforts to impose term limits on their miserable, lazy, useless asses!
A Monday editorial at WSJ's Opinion Journal by John Fund sums it up nicely.
If elected officials were half as imaginative at solving real problems as they are at perpetuating themselves in office, we'd see real confidence in government restored. Alas, the big issue on many pols' minds right now is getting rid of the term-limit laws that threaten to knock down their impregnable incumbent fortresses.
Read the entire OpEd here.