When Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh was officially ousted from power this week, and the news reports stated he had been in power since 1978, or 33 years,
I got curious.
How many current members of our House and Senate had served that long? I couldn't find that exact information, but I did find out that by my count, 25 members had served 36 years or longer. I am curious about the rest, but my point is, why do we find it so unusual when another country has the same people in power for decades, but we never notice it in our own back yard?
Newt Gingrich first ran for political office when NIXON was the president, and here he is, still hanging around and fucking things up. Even those who haven't seemed to serve in Congress that long usually start out working for another politician, or in a federal bureau, or especially in state government as governors, state senators, mayors and attorney's general. What was that quote from Einstein? "Doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result is insane." I used to be a die hard opponent of term limits.
|Boss Tweed - "As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it."|