Politicians have spoken about getting money out of politics for as long as there have been politicians, but I think we all know that’s never going to happen. They benefit far too much from it for them to ever ween themselves off of it.
One way to reduce the influence of money in politics however would be to make it impossible for politics to become a career through term limits. With a populist like Donald Trump in the office, such legislation could get support from him, and Ted Cruz just proposed it.
As The Hill reported:
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) are pushing for an amendment to the Constitution to place term limits on lawmakers, arguing the move will help overhaul Washington.“The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump has committed to putting government back to work for the American people,” Cruz said in a statement on Tuesday. “It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions.”Under an amendment the two GOP lawmakers filed on Tuesday, House members would be allowed to serve three two-year terms and senators would be able to serve two six-year terms.
DeSantis added that the measure would be a “first step toward reforming Capitol Hill.”
According to the resolution, any congressional term before the amendment becomes law wouldn’t be taken into account when determining if a lawmaker can run for reelection or not.
Trump backed term limits during his White House run, but of course, some career politicians (including some Republicans) will likely oppose the law.
If passed, this could change politics forever. Even anti-establishment Democrats should be completely on board with this.