By Graham Moomaw
Ditch the witch! Two terms and we vote them out forever. We have had enough of people that have been around since Moses parted the Red Sea.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md, is just one of the dirt bags that passed a bill she didn’t read. She made sure we would get substandard care while her ilk continues to be treated like royalty.
I’m certain I saw this loser serving wine at the Last Supper. Random thoughts while determined to prepare lots of shovel read jobs at Forrest Lawn, J.C.
Politicians are staying in Congress longer and longer, but in an election year with a noticeably anti-incumbent mood, some Washington outsiders are challenging the idea of making a career out of public service.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md, speaking during a fundraiser on Monday, March 15, 2010 in Baltimore, is preparing for a fifth term in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON — Politicians are staying in Congress longer and longer, but in an election year with a noticeably anti-incumbent mood, some Washington outsiders are challenging the idea of making a career out of public service.
“We need folks coming in from the outside who have paid taxes and created jobs and lived under the regulations that these career politicians have created,” said Jim Rutledge, a Republican attorney running to unseat Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who has 33 years in Congress between the House and Senate.
Rutledge is typical of the outsiders running this year, who know statistics are not in their favor.
Between 1789 and 2002, 13.9 percent of House members and 21.9 percent of senators served 12 years or more, according to the Congressional Research Service.
In today’s Congress, 42.9 percent of House members and 45 percent of senators have been in office for 12 years or more, according to data compiled by the authors of the textbook “Congress and Its Members.”
Term limits supporters, who think 12 years in Congress is plenty, say those numbers have an easy explanation.
“The powers of incumbency in this country are so great that it is nearly impossible to unseat an incumbent, barring death, indictment, scandal or retirement,” said Philip Blumel, a Florida financial planner and president of the advocacy group U.S. Term Limits.
In 2008, 94 percent of incumbents were re-elected to the House and 83 percent were re-elected to the Senate, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Complete Story