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The wise Thomas Sowell makes the case against term limits. And in doing so, makes the case for a term limit.
What’s the difference? That pesky ‘s’ at the end of term limits. Instead, Sewell argues that there is only one way to eliminate career politicians:
If we want term limits to achieve their goals, we have to make the limit one term, with a long interval prescribed before the same person can hold any government office again. In short, we need to make political careers virtually impossible.
There are many patriotic Americans who would put aside their own private careers to serve in office, if the cost to them and their families were not ruinous, and if they had some realistic hope of advancing the interests of the country and its people without being obstructed by career politicians.
Is any of this likely today? No!
Sadly, the only people who can make this happen are the corrupt asshats who hold those seats of power, who have grown drunk on power and easy/free money stolen from the tax payers’ pockets. Very, very few of these folks have any desire to ever have to go back to earning an honest living. If they ever earned one to begin with (some, like Barack Obama, never have).
And even when politicians do muster the ‘courage’ to vote for term limits — they find the most spineless way to do it. Like the brave senators in the Texas legisilature this year.
— Michael Q Sullivan (@MQSullivan) March 19, 2013
The measure’s author, tax and spend moderate Kevin Eltife of Tyler, says he wants term limits for statewide offices to bring “new ideas.” But, apparently, he thinks he, his senatorial colleagues and the House should be immune from new ideas… Why else exempt a body in which they have members serving since before the advent of personal computers?
— Michael Q Sullivan (@MQSullivan) March 20, 2013
For the money, the best “term limits” measure is one that eliminates the perks of office, like the lucrative pension we give our part-time legislature. They loudly proclaim their “public service” that pays a measly $600 a month (plus a per diem while in Austin)… but neglect to mention they qualify for a full-time pension based on the salary of a state district judge. Nice, eh?