What should be done when corruption is rampant?
Ask the U.S. Congress that question and you may be surprised by the answer. Congress is a HUGE supporter of term limits. Yes, that’s right. They LOVE term limits.
No, I haven’t skipped a dose of my medication. Congress is lecturing the International Olympic Committee on the need for term limits. In fact, Congressman Henry Waxman of California threatened legislation to prevent U.S. companies from giving money to the Olympic Committee unless the committee adopts various reforms including term limits.
The Olympic Committee has been chastised for allowing members to accept lavish gifts from cities lobbying to host the games. There are rules against this, but the rules haven’t been enforced. Now, don’t get me wrong. Congress is 100 percent correct. (And how often does THAT happen?) The Olympic Committee would benefit greatly from term limits, from new ideas and fresh perspectives.
But the hypocrisy from Congress is . . . well . . . frankly . . . now that I think about it, not all that surprising. Congress has passed term limits for the president, the Speaker of the House, committee chairs, the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Military and now wants them on the Olympic Committee.
They love term limits for everyone-except themselves. Sheesh! What a do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do Congress. That’s why the gold medal for unlimited hypocrisy goes to: Congressman Henry Waxman. Climb on top of your pedestal now, Mr. Congressman, for the medal ceremony.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.