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Dee McLelland: It’s long past time for term limits
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Now that I have spent some time here in Southeast Georgia, I can actually go back a year to see what I was thinking and writing about in my columns.

Unfortunately, when looking back to this time last year we are facing almost the same things right now.

Some of the same problems we face as a nation are still here, and some have gotten worse.

Funny, last year these very problems we are facing today were being blamed on the past president and his staff. Now that shift of blame hasn’t flipped.

You know what? If you have a bad quarterback and the backup is terrible, you’re not going to win many games.

So what do you do?

Well, we’ve changed presidents and now we are many more trillions in national debt because the Democrats feel their strategy will work if they keep handing out money. Meanwhile, the same old stodgy millionaires in the House and Senate are still making decisions on the Republican side and casting out anyone who seems to have a decent thought or idea.

In the end, we, as Americans, need to focus our efforts on political reform in which much like a governor and president, term limits need to be in place for both the House and Senate.

Also, Supreme Court appointments should not be lifetime jobs, but also held to a certain term limit so newer, fresher ideas can tackle some of the complex issues we face.

Do I want an 80-year old judge making a ruling on copyrights and domains in the new streaming video arena? Or, do we want a younger, more in tuned decision maker based on their understanding of current technologies?

Either way, the times of someone being elected to a position at the highest levels shouldn’t be there 40 years later. And, I might add, 40 years later have a net worth many times over what they walked in with.

Serve four or eight years, go back to private business. Boom! Done. We do not need Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi or any of the other talking heads to be in office for 30 plus years. Too many favors and too many under the table deals get made over that type of time.

Let’s get folks in office to push what their constituents want and pull our nation together, not line their pockets.

If you see me, say “Hey!”

Dee McLelland is Publisher of the Coastal Courier and the Bryan County News.

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