Like him or not, Colin Powell offers TIME readers this week an interesting take on the topic of long-serving members of Congress.

Do you think leaders in Congress stay on too long?
We need people who know how the system runs, but it really is not necessary to stay there for an entire career. When I was made a three-star general, I was congratulated and told, “Two years from now to the day, if we haven’t given you another job or promotion, we expect your resignation on our desk.” That’s not bad.

Would you like to extend a personal invitation to any member of Congress to leave?
I don’t have all of my stationery with me.

Perhaps more congressmen would get the hint about the need to limit their time in Washington if they accepted the concept of bonded term limits.