We give a tip of the hat today to Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania.

We give a tip of the hat today to Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania.

Some might think that's a big step for us given the fact we've been at loggerheads with Marino a time or two.

However, when we think someone has done the right thing, we will say it loud and clear.

On Wednesday, Marino introduced legislation in Congress which simply makes sense.

That legislation calls for two things — for Congress to consider one issue at a time and for there to be term limits on members of Congress.

Here's what Marino had to say:

“I am reintroducing my One Subject at a Time legislation from the 112th Congress, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to see this bill thorugh the full legislative process,” said Marino. “People need to know how their elected officials are voting, what they are voting on, and if those officials are truly representing their needs and their voices. The best way to empower the voters and promote transparency is to have up-and-down votes on one issue at a time.”

It's hard to argue with that logic.

This may not have been the case a few years back, however, the actions of Congress over the past five years or so are so shameful, something needs to get done.

The House of Representatives has voted 37 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act — with members knowing it's not going to happen. That is a waste of their time which translates into a waste of our money.

The second part of Marino's legislation calls for an amendment to the Constitution limiting the number of terms members of Congress can serve.

It would limit senators to two terms and congressmen to four terms. That's a maximum of 12 years for each.

Again, maybe a few years back this would not be necessary. Term limits are already in place and it's called the ballot box.

But the flood of money from unnamed sources and the blatant gerrymandering of congressional districts around the country almost guarantee some people seats for life.

Again, that is a waste of our money.

Almost all of us know someone who has been on a school board or local council for way too long. Those people simply become unproductive. Fresh thinking and ideas are needed.

The same can be said for members of Congress.

They get in there, develop bad habits and then we suffer as taxpayers.

Marino's legislation will likely go nowhere. Members of Congress are too comfortable with their own circumstances and love getting great health care and a big retirement.

Wouldn't we all.

All we know is that something needs to be done and we give Marino a pat on the back for at least taking some initiative.

It takes some courage and thought to introduce a bill which would end your own job.

It's too bad most other members don't see things that way.