Perhaps it's time to restructure the US Senate. The US Senate has undergone reform before.
In the beginning, state legislatures, not voters, chose US Senators. There were many accusations of corruption.
The US Senate was called ‘The Millionaires Club’ by many.
Discontentment with the Senate brought about the 17th Amendment, ratified 1913.
Why do we have US Senators? Because a principle job of the US Senate is to represent the states; states are political entities, each in their own right.
State leaders have the right to express what they feel is in the best interest of the citizens of their own states, apart from the uninformed or malevolent will of the voters and hence, an ill-elected Omar, AOC, Tlaib- etc.
And this is also why we have an electoral college;
that each state has rights, apart from the rights of the voters, as entities that existed before today's voters were born,
and will exist after today's voters die.
The electoral college helps keep the US Constitution intact.
The electoral college also hampers the bullying of one state’s interests by the citizens of another state.
Imagine if interior states wanted to establish international fishing boundaries at ¼ mile off the shoreline, just so the inner states could have less expensive seafood?
What would happen to the US seafood industry?
We must never forget the value of states' rights and states' interests in our political process.
And we could parse this even farther and discuss the rights of counties within states.
I see a lot of bullying going on in states, between rural and metropolitan areas.
This is why I would like to propose the electoral college system be extended to the election of US Senators.
In this proposal, each county would receive 1 electoral vote for every x,000 voters, plus 1 electoral vote per county.
This would be figured into the numbers for the election of US Senators. This would help prevent bullying of rural counties.
Electoral College would not be necessary for House of Representative seats, because each state is divided into districts which make elections fairer.
This would make US Senate elections as fair as US House of Representatives elections.
One advantage to no term limits for Congress is that there are people who have been in elected office long enough to understand how ‘the swamp’ works.
A large part of the swamp seems to operate apart from elected officials; it has a life of its own.
Perhaps we should place a 12-year limit on total service in any hired federal employee.
Any term limits for elected officials should be preceded by length of duty limits on federal, state, county and city employees, the military exempted.
Then elected officials could better control the swamp.
Once we put an overflow valve on the hired employee swamp, we can work on term limits for elected officials. And when we cycle workers through the federal government, there would be skilled workers available for service in state, county and municipal governments.
Pensions for elected officials. I've read that members of Congress receive lifelong pensions of $196K after leaving office
Why do pension even exist?
I would like to see campaign vows by candidates, not to file for retirement pensions, until we can get pensions stricken from the law.
Any pension that might exist for a member of Congress should be agreed upon by each state’s voters.
Is that fair, given the disparity of the wealth between the states?
Well, we are paying higher Congressional pensions wages, than the base salary that every state governor receives, working fulltime.
Is that fair to taxpayers?
Eric J. Rose