There are times when it serves the interest of the population as a whole to have a mandatory retirement age in place. Some of the professions below are about mental acuity, some are about physical stamina. One thing they all share is that they serve the public at large.
- Federal firefighters have a Mandatory retirement at age 57
- Commercial pilots have a mandatory retirement age of 65.
- Air Traffic Controllers have a mandatory retirement age of 65.
- Foreign Service Officers have a mandatory retirement age of 65.
- National Park Rangers have a mandatory retirement age of 57
- Federal law enforcement officers have a mandatory retirement age of 57
- United Nations employees have a mandatory retirement age of 65.
Judges in Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maryland, and Oregon have a mandatory retirement age of 70.
I kinda think that members of our legislature fall into these same categories. It’s time to put mandatory retirement in place for members of congress. If not for mental acuity, which I think is a definite factor with them, or physical endurance but just to make the population of those bodies more like the public that they represent.
When those in congress are much older than those they represent it cannot be helped that they see things differently than those who have a larger portion of their lives ahead of them.
When our country was founded 236 years ago public service was meant to be something that was done for a time, but then you returned to your lifetime job. It was a public service, not an occupation. That is a primary reason why presidents can only serve two terms. Why shouldn’t the same thing be applied to the other three branches of government?
Speaking of the judicial branch, I think a lifetime appointment, if it ever has made sense, should be a thing of the past and that certainly includes the Supreme Court. There have been too many times in our nation’s history where, due to court stuffing, that terrible precedent has been made by the highest court in the land. The examples could fill a couple of posts, but I will not go there now.
When we finally have a Congress who is looking out for our future as a country, radical things need to happen. Let alone fixing all the damage done during this president’s term, it’s time to change some fundamental rules for our government so that we can survive and maybe even flourish into the 21st century.
Closing this post out by undoing the first part seems appropriate here. Let’s not call this action mandatory retirement. For too many of us that means you then go off into years of non-productivity. Beside the fact that I totally disagree with that idea, it is not what I am proposing. Let’s turn it into a positive. Instead, let’s call it
Your Public Service Opportunity Has Been Fulfilled
Thank You For Your Service
I kinda like the sound of that…