Cato Institute on Government Reform
Americans don't want a permanent ruling class of career politicians. But that's what the power of incumbency and all the perks that incumbents give themselves are giving us. We want a citizen legislature and a citizen Congress--a government of, by, and for the people. To get that, we need term limits. We should limit members to three terms in the House and two terms in the Senate. Let more people serve. Let more people make the laws. And let's get some people who don't want to make Congress a lifelong career.
Some say that term limits would deprive us of the skills of experienced lawmakers. Really? It's the experienced legislators who gave us a $17 trillion national debt, and the endless war in Iraq, a massive government spying with no congressional oversight, and the Wall Street bailout.
The wording of the Emoluments clause points one way to resolution: Congress can give consent, as it did in the early years of the Republic to presents received by Ben Franklin. It can decide what it is willing to live with in the way of Trump conflicts. If it misjudges public opinion, it will pay a political price at the next election.
If it doesn't act, could someone sue to enforce the Emoluments Clause? The Supreme Court could turn the dispute down on the grounds that it's a political question for which the indicated constitutional remedy should be impeachment.
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