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11 August 2008

John Linder's Broken Promise To His Constituents

15 years ago, Republican John Linder told USA Today that he would "come home after 12 years" of serving in the United States House of Representatives.

Linder said, "Congress is overwhelmingly controlled by a small group of people who are insulated from political damage. If we had term limits, which I support, they wouldn't have such a vested interest in staying there the rest of their life. They would start thinking about some of the things that they have passed that they are going to have to live under when they leave in 12 years."

But once again, campaign talk tells people who you want them to think you are. A politician's actions tells us who they really are deep inside.

Fifteen years after his pledge to serve 12 years in Congress then come home, John Linder is seeking yet another term in Washington and his Democratic opponent, Doug Heckman, is calling him on it.

"The stakes are too high for our Representatives to forget—as many have—that their job is to represent and seek progress for the American people. I think John Linder was right on term limits and he should honor his pledge. As with many of our representatives, the longer they remain in Washington, the further they are pulled from the interests of their constituents," Heckman said in a news release.

You know, serving in public office was never meant to be a career. I believe the Founding Fathers intended for people to serve for a while and then leave public life and return back home. Of course these days, we've got politicians who put in 25 to 30 years in the House or the Senate and then retire with benefits.

Well, I think it's time that John Linder's employers (you know, the voters) give him that dreaded pink slip.