While the House of Representatives is the largest body of Congress, members have the shortest term at two years. The Senate is significantly smaller but members have a longer term of six years. While term limits weren't part of the Constitution, that doesn't mean they weren't considered. The length of a term illustrates that service to country wasn't intended to be long enough to collect pensions.
While the responsibilities of both chambers of Congress are outlined in the Constitution, the Senate was intentionally designed to be an integral part of the Founding Fathers' system of checks and balances, to represent the states in the federal government. They were to guard state sovereignty by being elected by the state legislators.
It is necessary now to not only impose term limits on the House and the Senate but to repeal the 17th Amendment, to re-establish the states' role in the federal government. All the integral checks and balances the framers put into place were to constrain the federal government's power, size and scope over the states and the American people.
A century of liberalism, incrementally applied, has gotten us where we are now. Under liberalism, public service isn't about serving the public, it's about liberal utopian idealism, ambition, power and Statism. To confiscate one's personal wealth (property) and to give to another through government programs is just one example of the Statists' scheme to attain the aforementioned and nothing to do with our Constitution or what it represents.
Russell C. Fette