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How can there be change?

OK so I have been sitting here and pondering the last few days. The more I ponder the more I get mad, the more I get mad the more I realize the problem needs to be fixed. The issues I have been pondering are numerous, but there are 2 that have really stuck out:

1. Oil/Energy Crisis

2. Term Limits

So lets talk about number 1. Oil and energy. There has been a lot of talk about oil and the energy here in this country here the last few weeks, we have been hearing from the left, from the right and each of them have had their opinions on how to fix the problem. But the thing that makes me made is the majority of the folks in Congress (guess which half!) do not see the obvious solution. DRILL!!!! I mean its not the best solution to conserve the environment, but for the situation we are in now, a shortage of oil, the cost of gas, it is the ONLY solution that makes sense and would actually work. How you ask?

Well lets start easy and work or way harder. Drilling would work faster and better for this country then relying on Congress and the folks trying to discover alternative fuels. Drilling for oil in ANWAR and off the costs of Florida and California would show results in 1 year, but if you listen to the left they say it will take at least 10 years for the oil to make a difference. Yet they say that alternative fuels, solar,and wind are the way to go to get off our dependency of foreign oil. I agree those things would, but how long will it actually take to have these things? How long will it take for me to have a gar that runs on electricity that can get me from Bentonville, AR to Memphis, TN (roughly 372 miles and 5 hours driving 70 mph), in one charge and get me there in 5 hours? How long Barrack Hussein Obama? Well I bet it will take over 1 year to get this working, in fact I would guess it would take up to 10 or more years!

Now some of you might think that drilling will hurt the environment! Well to that i would ask, when is the last time there has been an oil drilling accident in this country? I can not think of one, not one! The last oil accident that I can remember is the Exxon Valdez in Alaska back in the 80’s and that was a tanker running aground!! UPDATE: I have come across a list of oil accidents that you can find by going here.The technology that the oil companies use to drill make sure that oil spills are far and few between! Now some of you will say, ANWAR is a protected area, what about the mosquitoes that are protected there. My answers is are you serious? The size that the oil companies want to drill on is less then 1/2 of 100th o2 1%. That is 200o acres in an area that has over 1.5 MILLION acres!!!! I am not a math major but that seems to be a lot of lad with nothing on it, and a small area that the oil companies want to drill on. So this will then lead to the “well the oil companies have 68 million acres they aren’t drilling in!” Well first there is no oil there, so why would they drill there?? Second why don’t w do a swap, kind of like when you buy something from Wal-Mart but it is the wrong size you can swap it for the right size, lets swap 68 million USELESS acres, for 2,000 (that’s thousand) FULL OF OIL acres!! So this last point brings me to my 2 part of this blog, term limits!

2. Term Limits- I have blogged about this before you can find it here. In this post I go into a way that term limits can be put into place for Congress. Now the reason I bring this up is because Barrack Hussein Obama is running on the “change” and “hope” claims for the country. But this leaves the question for me, how can there be change in this country if the folks in Congress have been there for way to long? How can a career politician change things in Congress when he or she have been doing the same thing over and over for 20 or more years? This does not make sense to me, and if it make sense to you please explain it to me!

There have been members of congress, mostly the Senate (I will look into the House in another blog)  that have been there for over 40 years! 40 freaking years, are you kidding me??!?!! According to wikipedia there are over 9 Senators that have served for over 30 years and 4 for over 40 years!!! How can there be change?? In fact there are 18 Senators that have served over 20 years, but only 39 have served under 8 years in the Senate. So 39 out of 100 have served the same amount of time as the President. That’s 2.5% of the Senate have served for the same amount of time or less then the President of the United States.  Does this not bother anybody but me????

Now there have been instances that members have tried to put term limits in place but each time they have been voted down. The reasoning that is giver for no term limits in congress: “we have term limits it is called elections!” Elections in the eyes of the Congress are a way to enforce term limits! Yet when the 22nd Amendment was put into the Constitution by Congress it was OK, because we didn’t need a President to serve more then 8 years, after a Democratic President (FDR) was elected as President for 4 terms!

Here is the text of the 22nd:

Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.

Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.

So basicly nio person can serve more then 10 years as President if that personfor some reason serves the alst 2 years of a precedding President,  example Lyndon Johnson served the last 14 months of Kennendy’s term after he was killed and served on term as the elected President, had he ran for re-election and won he would have served for a little over 9 years.  Now the reasoning for the 22nd? Well :

After Roosevelt’s death, the newly Republican 80th United States Congress desired to establish a firm constitutional provision barring presidents from being elected more than twice. The rationale was a concern that without limits, the presidential position could become too similar to that of a benevolent dictator lasting not just four years but a lifetime, and that the position could become too powerful and upset the separation of powers. Hence, the Twenty-second Amendment was adopted.

Back when Washington was President her could have served a third term but decided against this, in his farewell speech he claimed this was due to his age. So every other President after him stuck to the 2 terms out of respect to Washington. Now there have been some presidents that have tried to run for third terms prior to the 22nd, but none of them were successful.

So why are there not term limits on congress? Congress was suppose to be “by the people for the people”, but here in the last 50 years, it has been “for the politician by the lobbyists”!!! Instead of having the actual people of this country serving in Congress you have career politicians serving term after term after term! It is my opinion that if there were term limits alot of the problems and issues this country are facingtoday would not be there. There wouldn’t be an energy crisis, there wouldn’t have issuewith social security, issues with immigration! So please letme know what you think about this isse. Am I crazy for thinking this?

Here is a run down of the Senators that have served over 30 years:
Byrd, Robert (D) 49 years
Kennedy, Ted (D) 46years
Inouye, Daniel (D) 45 years
Stevens, Ted (R) 40 years
Biden,Joe (D) 35 years
Domenici,Pete (R) 35 years
Leahy, Patrick (D) 33 years
Lugar, Dick (R) 31 years
Hatch, Orrin (R) 31 years

Senators with over 20 years in service:

Levin, Carl (D) 29 years
Cochran Thad (R) 29 years
Baucus, Max (D) 29years
Warner, John (R) 29 years
Dodd, Chris (D) 27years
Grassley, Chuck (R) 27years
Specter,Alan (R) 27 years
Bingaman, Jeff (D) 25 years
Harkin, Tom (D) 23 years
McConnell, Mitch (R) 23 years
Kerry, John (D) 23 years
Rockefeller, Jay (D) 23 years
Shelby, Richard (D) 23 years
McCain, John (R) 21 years
Milkulski, Barbara (D) 21 years
Bond, Kit (R) 21 years
Reid, Harry (D) 21 years
Conrad, Kent (D) 21 years

July 17, 2008 Posted by | Term limits/Enery Crisis | , , , | Leave a comment