Congressional Term Limits Are Not the Answer
Posted at 1:30 p.m. on June 6
As Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) prepares to become the longest serving member of Congress on Friday, Tim Kane argues that term limits are not the answer to the staying power of incumbents.
“The reason I say that is because they are a shortcut. We wish democracy worked better and didn’t allow incumbency to self-serve. But it doesn’t, so instead of reducing the power of incumbency, we treat it superficially.”
“What natural rule changes would reduce the power of incumbency? One would be to make gerrymandering unconstitutional (again). Another good reform would be to allow individual candidates to raise unlimited funds, instead of channeling finances through the established political parties. And the good news is that the U.S. is moving in the right direction on both of those fronts.”