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Washington's 'Potomac Fever' could be cured with term-limits

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The Washington Post raised concerns on Tuesday that the dreaded Potomac Fever, not to be confused with the equine disease, Potomac Horse Fever, spread by Mayflies, has infected members of Congress.

Actually, Potomac Fever has been rampant in the halls of Congress for quite a while, often raising its ugly head during a budget crisis or seemingly critical election years. The disease is easy to spot, with those infected having an unusually intense yearning to be associated with the power and prestige of the federal government.

It has also been found that the longer a congressman stays in Washington, the worse the disease becomes. One of the most dreaded symptoms responsible for spreading the disease to an unwary public, is listening to infected congressmen talking about things that we know couldn't possibly be true.

Another sign to watch out for is the "fawning" attitude of lawmakers, a conscious effort on their part to win our favor. This symptom is more prevalent in newcomers to Congress, leveling off and becoming chronic the longer the lawmaker stays in office.

There may be one cure for this nasty affliction, and that is term-limits. Many lawmakers feel the remedy may be too harsh to swallow because they realize the legislation they vote for could come back to bite them.

In all seriousness, it's been said that "people, when given power, will eventually be corrupted by it." With term limits, lawmakers would have less time to develop special partnerships with lobbyists and other special-interest groups, leaving more time to do what they were elected to do, serve their constituents.

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