Can­di­dates should make term lim­its part of plat­form

The Buffalo News - - OPINION - Daniel H. Trigob­off, Ph.D. Vin­cent Arnone


Dur­ing these tu­mul­tuous times, our politi­cians are bat­tling over the se­ri­ous is­sues for the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

Health care, im­mi­gra­tion, cli­mate change are all ex­tremely im­por­tant is­sues and are cur­rently brought to the fore­front by the many Demo­cratic can­di­dates.

All are wor­thy of con­sid­er­a­tion and all will be de­bated through the next two years. There will be dis­agree­ments about what is more im­por­tant and will be flushed out through the process.

What­ever one side comes up with will ul­ti­mately be dis­missed by the op­pos­ing party.

That’s just pol­i­tics in to­day’s world. There is a uni­fy­ing is­sue for both sides that is most ac­tively dis­cussed in non-elec­tion years but seem­ingly for­got­ten dur­ing the ac­tual run.

Both sides yearn for … term lim­its. We com­plain about the politi­cians that get elected, work for a year or so and be­gin cam­paign­ing for their next term. Two fouryear terms should be the limit.

Leave of­fice for a term and run again if they so choose.

I think we’d all feel bet­ter if we could be­lieve our elected of­fi­cials didn’t have to con­sider donor monies, fund rais­ing, or re-elec­tion cam­paigns and could ac­tu­ally work for us in­stead of them­selves.

I find it some­what strange but com­pletely pre­dictable that no can­di­date finds this im­por­tant enough to make it part of their pro­posed plat­form. I wish they did.


Catholics must keep faith and refuse to be over­come

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