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Letter: Congress needs guts

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 7:36 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

There is no question that our federal government is virtually ineffective in critical ways as a governing body. Everyone, be aware that our federal debt is now $17 trillion – that is a 17 with 12 zeroes after it – which many taxpayers don’t know how to write, let alone comprehend the cost to themselves and their children for many years to come. 

There is only one way to correct this – Congress has to spend less money for many years than the government has coming in.

Congress needs to get some guts and enact legislation that will help achieve this end. For example, enact an effective term-limits bill. Senators should only be allowed to serve two terms of six years each, and representative should be allowed to serve only three terms of two years each.

Right now, there are no term limits, which allows congressional wannabes to make a career out of being a senator or representative, along with a guaranteed paycheck, medical, retirement and other benefits no private sector worker has (unless they’re an executive) and for which “we the people” are significantly taxed. 

Furthermore, many are totally influenced by powerful, monied lobbies to whom they cater rather than the beleaguered taxpayer who elected them. The cost to us for career politicians is incalculable, not only in real dollars but also in ineffective or no legislation. “We the people” are suffering, and many in Congress don’t even care. 

They don’t want to risk being re-elected, rather than taking a stand on serious problems without regard to “party,” but rather loyalty to this great nation to preserve democracy and ensure its people the prosperity and protection they deserve.

Make no mistake – term limits will fairly effectively eliminate those who want a career at taxpayers’ expense and attract many who truly want to serve and improve this country in the traditions of its history.

Many have died for this country. Senators and representatives, how many of you are willing to fall on your sword for this country and those you’re supposed to serve?

Chuck Barr

St. Charles

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