Over the years, there have been increasing debates in the United States about public officials and the various leaders who serve.
For instance, on the Republican side, there is very strong support for term limits in the United States Congress. Certain congressional members like Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have worked in Congress longer than some Americans have been living.
However, this week, talks about public office holders in the United States took quite a fascinating and somewhat unexpected turn. Tesla CEO Elon Musk weighed in with some commentary and a suggestion that isn’t nearly as talked about as term limits, per Breitbart News.
Musk on Age Limits for Politicians in America
On Thursday, the CEO of Tesla tossed out the idea of the country implementing age limits for public office holders. After all, Americans do have to reach certain ages before they are able to serve as president (30), in the House of Representatives (25), and in the Senate (30).
Therefore, it begs to question: should there also be a cutoff point in which politicians age out of being able to serve and therefore have to pass the baton onto someone else?
Let’s set an age limit after which you can’t run for political office, perhaps a number just below 70 …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2021
Elon Musk appears to think so. On Twitter, Musk opined that setting an age limit close to 70 would perhaps do the trick. Many Americans perceived this commentary as Musk’s covert way of criticizing Joe Biden, who is 79 years of age.
Months ago, when the 46th president hosted a summit centered around electric vehicles and refused to invite Tesla, Musk had some thoughts about this. The CEO stated back then that Biden’s disposition wasn’t the friendliest and he appears strongly tethered to unions.
Will the United States Ever Embrace Age Limits for Politicians?
At this time, age limits for elected officials do not exist; however, this doesn’t necessarily mean they should be ruled out. They could easily materialize during conversations about congressional term limits.
If even a 70-year age limit existed for politicians, this would eliminate a lot of top Democrats, such as Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders, and the like.
Bernie is a taker, not a maker
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 15, 2021
Ironically, Sanders is yet another politician who Elon Musk has managed to clash with. After Sanders took to Twitter and sanctimoniously posted in favor of “the extremely wealthy” being mandated to pay what Sanders referred to as “their fair share” in taxes, Musk weighed in with his thoughts.
The Tesla CEO stated Bernie Sanders is not a “maker,” but rather a “taker.” On this occasion, the Vermont senator did not respond to Musk, although he has previously done so.
Do you think the United States should consider putting in place age limits for our nation’s elected officials? In the comments section below, let us know your views on Elon Musk’s suggestion.