I believe one of the main reasons Washington is broken because career politicians have become the norm. They are so concerned about keeping their jobs and collecting money to do so that they’ve forgotten why they were elected and who they were elected to represent. Instead, they end up representing the big money that keeps them in office. To eliminate this, it will be easier to take their careers away from them than to stop the big money influence.
Additionally, the longer a person is in politics, the less one is in touch with the real world. One example is that Hillary Clinton couldn’t even get on a subway in NY without someone helping her. This is wrong. Politicians should not be immune from the general public. They should come from the general public. They should know how to operate in the real world. They should understand what it takes to get a job and keep it. And, if they want to represent business owners, they should learn how to make a payroll and what regulations do to make running a business difficult.
Accordingly, I’m proposing the following for all members of Congress. Some, if not all of this, will require a Constitutional Amendment.
1. No one shall be a member of the House of Representatives unless having achieved the age of 30.
2. No one shall be a member of the Senate unless having achieved the age of 35.
3. No one shall become President of the United States unless having achieved the age of 40.
4. No one person shall serve in either the House or Representative or the Senate for more than a combined total of 12 years unless their second term in the Senate will cause them to go over 12 at which point, the combined total shall be no more than 16.
5. No one person shall serve in any elected office at the federal level if the combined total of their elected local, state or federal service is more than a 25 years at the end of their current federal term. This shall not apply to people who only choose to remain elected officials at the state level.
6. No one shall be eligible for re-election to the House or Representative or the Senate after having attained the age of 80.
I believe that these changes will make the government of the people again. It will eliminate career politicians and address my concerns above.
Additionally and as part of this, if elected I pledge to remain in the House for no more than six years.