ELECTED OFFICIALS SHOULD NOT SERVE 40 YEARS IN OFFICE!

Retiring Lawmakers:

In the 2nd day of 2018, long time-serving Republican Senator Orrin Hatch announced his retirement, also Senator Trey Gowdy announced his retirement. In mid-2017 Senators, Jeff Flake and Bob Corker announced they are not seeking re-election. Thus far, 34 Republican lawmakers are resigning from their seats-recap: near the end of 2017 many GOP legislators who have served in Congress for over 40 years have announced their retirement. Many lawmakers are not seeking reelection because of Donald Trump who will affect the down-ballot elections in the midterm elections. Furthermore, his actions supporting child molester Roy Moore, his terrible decision policymaking with the tax bill, his terrible statement about Africa and Haiti, are the many reasons why GOP lawmakers are retiring.

However, GOP lawmakers not seeking re-election is not all about Donald Trump, after serving 40 years in Congress it’s long overdue to retire. No lawmaker should serve 40 years in Congress, and as we can see our nation has not made any progress compared to other nations.

“Recap: near the end of 2017 many GOP legislators who have served in Congress for over 40 years have announced their retirement.”

Polarization:

CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) which ensures millions of kids expired in September costing millions of kids to lose health care. The only bill Congress was able to pass was the tax bill adding $1.5 trillion dollars to the deficit over 10 years and the undoing of President Obama policies. Sidebar: In a floor speech in December, Sen Hatch stated: “there is no more money to fund CHIP.” In the eighties, Sen. Chuck Grassley stated Martin Luther King was a communist and  supported Donald Trump’s comment in ending the Russia investigation. Both Sen Hatch and Grassley represents the many lawmakers who have set America back because of their ideologies in politics and has cost America decades of progress. 

The state of our politics is deep polarization causing gridlock which cost we the people to not have the right policies implemented. Both parties with members of Congress for 40 years is why elected official should not serve 40 years in Congress. Since Ronald Reagan, Senior Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and now Donald Trump, the polarization has worsened and the gridlock continues with government shut down’s costing our nation billions of dollars. Many of the lawmakers responsible for this have been in Congress for 40 years illustrating their inability to carry out policies that are beneficial to we the people.

“Sidebar: In a floor speech in December, Sen Hatch stated: “there is no more money to fund CHIP.” Sen Hatch represents the many lawmakers who have set America back because of their ideologies in politics and has cost America decades of progress.”

40 Years and Nothing To Show:

When our nation is constantly debating the same issues, other nations have surpassed America, the cause of this are lawmakers being in office way past their time preventing the change we need to make our nation better. If America is the greatest country our nation should not fall behind other nations in implementing policies that give the basic necessities of life for the people. Moreover, if America is the greatest country then lawmakers who serve 40 years in Congress have failed at passing laws and better policies.  

“Not only that, the longer a Senator or Representative serve they become part of the damaging groupthink mindset that has polarized our politics and cost our nation.”

We can see that serving 40 years as a lawmaker has done nothing to improve the lives of the people or our nation. No lawmaker should serve decades in Congress and not get anything done. We are now living in a time where people are no longer taken anything from word of mouth or at face value from lawmakers. The longer a Senator or Representative serves in office the harder it becomes to get any meaningful laws and policies implemented. Not only that, the longer a Senator or Representative serve they become part of the damaging groupthink mindset that has polarized our politics and cost our nation.

Sources:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/31/house-republicans-retiring-droves-amid-gridlock-gloomy-election-forecast-and-scandal/1084809001/

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/the-2018-congressional-retirement-tracker/545723/

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/republicans-leaving-congress-retiring-2018/

 


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