Washington DC – Capitol Hill: United States Capitol – East front (Photo credit: wallyg)
Our Federal government has three branches, executive, legislative and judicial, and two of the three are elected periodically. Only the judicial branch is not elected and enjoys lifetime tenure. I think that it is time to end the lifetime tenure of the Federal judiciary, especially the US Supreme Court, which tends to lag behind necessary change by years or decades.
This is what I propose to put all three branches of the Federal government on an equal footing; limit all Federal elected offices and the Federal bench to serving a maximum of 12 years. Judges would continue to be nominated and confirmed, but they would serve only for 12 years. Judges are expected to be non-political, but some try to game the system, timing their retirements to when their party is in the White House. That must stop.
For the other two branches, I would also limit their terms to 12 years.
Six 2-year terms for members of the House
Two 6-year terms for Senators
Three 4-year terms for Presidents.
Under the present two-term limit for Presidents, speculation begins immediately about the next election after a President is-re-elected. That reduces a President’s ability to enact needed reforms during his/her second term. The possibility of a third term would give an incumbent President more time to accomplish the will of the people who elected him/her.
Internal development of Canada’s internal borders, from the formation of the dominion to the present. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rather than change policies and reach out to minorities and women to expand their base, I have a different suggestion for the GOP, annex Canada. If each of Canada’s ten provinces are admitted to the US as states, that would expand the US Senate to 120 members. That should allow the GOP to retain control of the House and gain control of the Senate. There are sufficient old, white men north of the border to allow the GOP to offset the continued influx of the undocumented from south of the border for many more years. I doubt that Canadians would be happy with this idea, but the GOP don’t care about democracy anyway.
The red “GOP” logo used by the party for its website (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I know that it is boring to repeat day after day that the GOP is lying, but that is the truth. And the truth can be true and still boring. It is also true that the GOP wants to destroy Barack‘s chances of re-election and their principal means of accomplishing that goal is obstruction in Congress. They control the House and have sufficient Senators to block any and all legislation. It is boring to repeat the same facts day after day, but the facts are not changing and the facts are the facts and those facts are true facts. Unlike what the GOP says on a daily basis.
Deficits matter only when the President is a Democrat. Deficits don’t matter when the President is a Republican. Let us consider what would happen if by some fluke, the GOP maintains control of the House and wins control of the Senate and the White House in November.
Say goodbye to the safety net, Mitt, and hello to privatized Medicare and Social Security. Prisons will be privately owned and operated and public assets will be sold at bargain basement prices as they were when the former Soviet Union failed. Our military will be stretched to the breaking point with the Global War on Terror becoming a global war, us against most of the rest of the world. The 1% will shrink in numbers and become wealthier as the rest of us become poorer. The 1% may become known as the 0.1% and the 99% as the 99.9%.
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