Our country was founded on the principle of having leadership provided mostly by "volunteers" for a fixed period of time. Their motivation was to be a public servant, not to be served or paid by the government. Today we have, for the most part, career politicians rather than statesmen. Their motivation, after getting into office, is to be re-elected for another term, thereby gaining seniority and greater control and influence. In short, they become entrenched and lose touch with the people they serve.
I believe that quality people would be more attracted to run for public office if we had term limits at both the state and federal levels. They could take a leave of absence from their normal jobs and careers while being a paid public servant for a fixed period of time. The result would be increased objectivity and focus on the best interests of the American people, rather than increasingly subject to the influence of special interest groups, lobbyists and, most of all, campaign financing.
-- MARVIN ERICKSON, Richland