- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 1, 2000

If we can't get term limits, let's try age limits

A recent wire story about 76-year-old Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska and his pork-barrel projects is a prime example of why we need term limits ("Stevens brings pork home to Alaska," Dec. 28).
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;I wouldn't mind him funneling off millions of dollars to Alaska if it didn't come out of my pocket as well, but between Mr. Stevens and others like him, they cost us middle-class folks billions in unnecessary taxes. They become so enthralled with their power over time that they will do anything to make voters in their state happy so they can stay in office.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;Of course, Mr. Stevens is re-elected every time. It doesn't take a genius to figure out why. Plus, he gets to keep a high-paying, cushy job forever.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;Unfortunately, my congressional representatives from Wyoming are no different (even if they said they were initially, so they could get elected). It is amazing what a few years inside the Beltway will do to them.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;A great irony is that we require our commercial pilots to retire at age 60 for our personal safety, yet our fiscal safety is left in the hands of those who ought to be in a rocking chair on their front porches at home.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;I guess that's what happens when the boys make their own rules, huh? And I'm not a young punk bashing old guys, either. I'm working rapidly toward 60 myself.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;I just think an age limit would help cull out the ones who have been there forever and get someone in who really does have the best interests of America at heart.
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;What do you suppose the chances are of that ever happening? If we couldn't get term limits through, an age limit sure isn't going to fly, is it?
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;BOB SONNTAG
&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;Cheyenne, Wyo.

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