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Re-election the problem in Washington

2014-04-18T00:00:00Z 2014-04-18T10:24:06Z Re-election the problem in Washington The Billings Gazette
April 18, 2014 12:00 am

In a recent interview, reported in the Gazette, Sen. Jon Tester said "one reason nothing seems to get done in Washington is that senators and representatives feel the threat of "big money" to defeat them in the next election." That is exactly what is wrong in Washington. Once elected, the primary job is to get re-elected and accumulate the war chest necessary to win. No time to represent constituents and do the people's business. In recent decades our Congress gets re-elected at the rate of 90 percent. They are not the citizen legislators the founders envisioned.

And this problem will not get fixed in Washington. We no longer have a responsive government in Washington; rather, we have a ruling class to tell us big government is best for us. We need to amend the U.S. Constitution to institute term limits for members of Congress. lf a term limit is good for the president, term limits are most certainly good for Congress. And Congress won't write such an amendment to turn themselves out of office.

State legislators need to stand up, take charge and exert the power of the states in dealing with an overreaching federal government. Our Legislatures need to institute a "Convention of States" as outlined in Article V of our Constitution to begin to rein in Washington. Our founders knew that an unresponsive government would become corrupt and oppressive. Government in Washington is too big, too intrusive and tyrannical. Just ask Mr. Bundy, in Nevada, about that. Only involved citizens can fix government. It is time to start now before our country is lost.

Ed Hostettler


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