The Boomerang Effect - When The Same Elected Office Holders, Keep Returning To The United States Senate, Over & Over Again.
Change isn't going to come to D.C. until we get rid of the permanent political class of D.C. denizens, enjoying their D.C. ride on the American people's dime.
There is an election coming up in November 2014 a year and 4 months out. Politicians are going to start begging you for your donations, and your time to volunteer for their campaigns, to get them elected or reelected. I think it's time for Americans to become more selective, and raise their standards for the people they hire - for public office. To quote Clint Eastwood, these people are our employees.
The issue with D.C dynamics is not liberal vs conservative. That's the over simplification, that's sold to the public by the dinosaur media to the low information voter - rubes. Blue team vs Red team, cheer-leading political party's like sport's teams. It's constitutionalist vs career politicians. There are politicians in D.C. that are willing to hump whatever the latest political ideological "fad" may be, including progressive if it further's their personal interest. For some reason their constituents keep sending them back to D.C. They keep returning them like a boomerang. Although the current Congress's approval rating is at an all time low. 5 June 2013, Rasmussen Reports, only 6% think Congress is doing a good or excellent job. So much for progressivism's popularity. The public is always out in front of changing trends and attitudes , the government always lags behind. This was apparent in the November 2010 mid term election results with the historic 70 year seat change, that was only a little less than 3 years ago. These boomerang club members seem to have very short attention spans.
I have surveyed the U.S. Senate, and those currently serving. I surveyed their ages, time spent in office, we have people serving in our current Senate, that have made a very good living out of public service. I have had to adjust for those who died recently in office of extreme old age. Does anyone believe that the intent of the persons who founded this country was to create career politicians - who's apparent motivation is to feather their own nest? SEE Congressional approval rating is 6%
This is a list of U.S. Senator's listed by their ages and length spent in their current office. Least time held in US Senate office is Jeffery Chiesa, New Jersey, 7 days, he was appointed. Chiesa is holding the seat until the special election, being held sometime in October. Because U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D) died in office, 6 months short of his 90th birthday. Frank Lautenberg served from 1982-2001 and returned in 2003 until his death 2013. That's 29 years holding a United States Senate seat. SEE Congressional approval rating at 6%
I watched a tribute on CNN for U.S. House Rep., John Dingell Jr., Michigan, for being the longest serving member in the U.S. House of Representatives, 57 years. Check out how he does it, John Dingell Jr., has spent 30 terms in the House, and he's 86 years old. The federal retirement age is 65 years, Dingell is 21 years past federal retirement age. Since when is making a career out of holding public office an honor? But I digress, the House of Representative's occupiers is another blog post. SEE Congressional approval rating at 6%.
The longest remaining resident of the Boomerang club is Patrick Leahy, (D) Vermont, he's spent 38 years in office and he's 73 years of age. 73 years, 8 years past the federal retirement age. Patrick Leahy was born in the year 1940 he's not from the boomer generation, but he came of age with them in the 1960s when he would have turned 20 years old. This is the year 2013, and we have people holding public office trying to govern us as if we were still living in the 1960s. SEE Congressional approval rating at 6%
We have 37 out of a 100, U.S. Senator's currently serving in the US Senate, that are 65 years or older. 65 years is the federal retirement age. 22 of these Senators are in their 70s, that means over 1/3 of the U.S. Senate office holders are past federal retirement age. We do have a few that are not going to run for re election in 2014. For example, Max Baucus (D) Montana, 71 years of age, Baucus first took office in 1978, and has been a denizen of the boomerang club for 34 years. SEE Congressional approval rating at 6%
I am not advocating that we throw out every incumbent in the U.S. Senate in November of 2014, that is running for reelection. I am advocating that voters need to understand that returning the same people over, and over again to the same government body is not going to change anything for the better in D.C. How many terms in office does one person deserve to fulfill their promises to their constituents? Given that the government works in 5, 7, and 10 year plans, it seems reasonable that 2 six year terms in the U.S. Senate should be enough. If the public servant can't accomplish the people's work in 12 years, they should step aside, and allow another person to assume the people's work. The problem is they assume office, and they get addicted to the power, and are more concerned with their own personal gain. Perhaps it's time for some new blood in the U.S. Senate? There is a reason we hold primaries in this country, just sayin.....SEE Congressional approval rating at 6%
Senators up for reelection in November 2014, there is an asterisk next to the retiring Senator.
Max Baucus (Montana) *
Mark Begich (Alaska)
Chris Coons (Delaware)
William Cowan (Massachusetts) retiring appointee June 2013
Richard Durbin (Illinois)
Al Franken (Minnesota)
Kay Hagan (North Carolina)
Tom Harkin (Iowa) *
Tim Johnson (South Dakota) *
Mary Landrieu (Louisiana)
Carl Levin (Michigan) *
Jeff Merkley (Oregon)
Mark Pryor (Arkansas)
Jack Reed (Rhode Island)
John Rockefeller (West Virginia) *
Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire)
Mark Udall (Utah)
Tom Udall (New Mexico)
Mark Warner (Virginia)
Lamar Alexander (Tennessee)
Saxby Chambliss (Georgia) *
Jeff Chisea (New Jersey) appointed June 2013 succeeded October 2013
Thad Cochran (Mississippi)
Susan Collins (Maine)
John Cornyn (Texas)
Micheal Enzi (Wyoming)
Lindsey Graham (South Carolina)
James Inhofe (Oklahoma)
Mike Johanns (Nebraska) *
Mitch McConnell (Kentucky)
James Risch (Idaho)
Pat Roberts (Kansas)
Jeff Sessions (Alabama)
Currently serving in the 113th Congress, there are 53 Democrat Senators, 45 Republican Senators, and 2 Independents. Senator Harry Reid (D) Nevada, is the majority leader of the US Senate. Senator Harry Reid is 73 year old, he's 8 years past the federal retirement age of 65, and he has served in the US Senate for 26 years.
People get the government they deserve, Thomas Jefferson.
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