The only things wrong in Washington DC are everything. It’s hard to understand why the politicians, lobbyists and people that do the actual work stay so long. It has something to do with the stuff we would keep in a bank if we could keep it very long. Congressman John Dingell, Jr. (D-MI) is retiring after 29 terms or 58 years and he had succeeded his father, John Dingell, Sr., upon his death in 1955. He was first elected in 1933 the year FDR became president. A Dingell served the district 82 years, but don’t worry because John Dingell’s wife, who is 24 years younger, is running for the seat to try keeping them Dingelling along to 100 years. Forty-four Democrats, nineteen Republicans and Strom Thurmond, who had belonged to both parties, served forty years or longer. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) would have made it to forty, but he resigned to become Ambassador to China. He can stay there if we find he left with ill-gotten treasure. Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Congressman Don Young (R-AK) have been in Congress 41 years and are currently the longest serving Republicans. Some Democrats stayed longer than Republicans or “until death do us part”. The Founders made a mistake when they didn’t include term limits in the Constitution. Washington DC was actually a swamp before they decided to build the Capitol there so they may not have thought anyone would stay around forty years. Most of the mosquitoes don’t usually stay as long.
Letter to the Editor — Constitution needs term limits