We all know that Lee Iacocca was the American automobile executive responsible for the development of the Ford Mustang while at the Ford Motor Company in the 1960s, and then later for steering the Chrysler Corporation away from the rocks as its CEO during the 1980s.
But what you might not remember is that Lee Iacocca was a vocal supporter of congressional term limits.
“Congress has slowly built a moat around Capitol Hill and isolated itself from those who might want some change,” he wrote in the Los Angeles Times in 1990. He went on, “Congress has become, for all practical purposes, a lifetime job. The whole idea of holding national elections every two years was to give a chance to throw the rascals out if we didn’t like the job they were doing. But today the rascals have made themselves invincible. Democracy lives on change or at least on the opportunity for change. And that’s almost impossible today unless we first change the rules.”
Rest in peace Lee Iacocca.
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