Donald Trump is draining the swamp and inviting the alligators into his cabinet, it seems. But if the president-elect is truly serious obliterating the swamp that encompasses the Capitol Building, Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida have the answer.
Trump made a big promise to a huge rally in Colorado, which the crowds then chanted in unison: “Drain The Swamp! Drain The Swamp!” It was a promise that helped catapult the president-elect to a win.
In an op-ed to the Washington Post Cruz explained his solution:
‘Election Day, the American people made a resounding call to “drain the swamp” that is modern Washington.
‘Yet on Capitol Hill, we seem mired in the same cycle of complacency: The game hasn’t changed, and the players remain the same. Thankfully, there’s a solution available that, while stymied by the permanent political class, enjoys broad public support: congressional term limits.’
The senator wants to “restore accountability among the entrenched Washington establishment.” So he introduced a Constitutional amendment to Congressional terms, something Cruz claims the public wants, and he cites a Rasmussen survey to support this idea. The survey says that 74 percent of Americans support term limits for Congress.
Former Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio exposed how difficult it is to work with Cruz last April, so the Texas senator may not have much luck getting his amendment to the Constitution passed.
Boehner said Cruz is:
‘Lucifer in the flesh.
‘I Have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.’
So, Cruz called up Benjamin Franklin to back his point:
‘In free governments, the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors. . . . For the former therefore to return among the latter was not to degrade but to promote them.’
The senator placed the blame for the swamp on what he calls “political careerism.” Cruz also thinks that, “…our capital has become a political playground for the powerful and well-connected.”
He even calls Congress “the Washington Cartel.” People tend to go along to get along, according to Cruz. Then the Texas senator made his case for term limits:
‘With term limits, we will have more frequent changes in leadership and within congressional committees, giving reformers a better chance at overcoming the Beltway inertia that resists attempts to reduce the power of Washington.’
‘The American people have offered Republicans an opportunity to enact meaningful change.
‘They have rejected the status quo and put the Washington elites on notice that they will no longer accept the old way of doing business.’
That would really shake up the status quo. But Congress has roots so deep and intertwined, is it even possible for Cruz find enough support to enact term limits? He continued:
‘It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions.
‘Favors for the political elite have gone on for far too long. In Washington, where corruption and collusion abound, entrenched politicians live fat and happy cutting deals and breaking promises, while those who don’t oblige are shunned. Congressional term limits are critical to stopping the ongoing abuse by D.C. insiders.’
When politicians have so much at stake, could anyone drive an amendment like this through Congress?
To read the full op-ed, click here.
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H/T: Washington Post.