I just had a great idea. At least I think it’s a great idea. I’m not really sure, I mean, it’s new. It’s a baby idea. Maybe someone else thought of this already and there’s whole books written about why this would be a bad idea. I don’t know, because I’ve never heard of it. It just came to me.
What if we passed a law that said if someone files paperwork to run for federal office (US House, US Senate, VP, or President), the day they file papers to run, they must also resign from their current elected office. You’re a congressman that wants to run for Senate? First resign from your House seat. You’re a Senator that wants to run for President? First resign from your Senate seat.
That way we could clean out the legislative branch in a few election cycles, because the number of congresspeople running for Senate every two years AND President every four would allow fresh blood into the legislature. Ultimately I’d like congressional term limits (maybe two terms for each chamber: four years in the House, 12 years in the Senate), but that doesn’t seem to be popular.
So what do you think?