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Term Limits – good for America, bad for public sector unions

by Lenny Leatherman – With unionized government employees and their spouses comprising approximately 32% of the voting population in America, does anyone really think the size of government is somehow going to shrink?  That isn’t likely to happen as long as career politicians rely on government employee support at the ballot box. Can you think of a better example of a “quid pro quo”?

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Where do you stand on the notion of term limits?

Against Term Limits –

Some argue that voters have the option of limiting an elected official’s term in office with each vote they cast.

They believe that with term limits, the unelected bureaucrats would simply wait until a particular elected official’s term expires and pursue their agenda at a later date when a more favorable environment exists.

They see term limits as a Constitutional issue, and believe any attempt to pass a Constitutional Amendment limiting terms in office would be an exercise in futility since it would require support by the politicians whose terms it would limit.

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Term limits for city council members – good idea or bad idea?

By Riff Wright

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Last Tuesday our city council discussed lengthening the term for a city council seat from two years to three based on the opinion it takes a new member a year to get up to speed on procedures of city government, and by that time, half of their two-year term is over.

Such a change in term length requires modifying the city charter and must be approved by Weatherford voters. Since a charter election is in the works, it seemed appropriate to suggest they also consider adding a proposition that would create a two-term limit on their service.

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The Irrefutable Case for Term Limits

WHERE  HAS  COMMON  SENSE  GONE?

(The Irrefutable Case for Term Limits)

No. 8

Thomas Paine – February  2010

The reader is encouraged to review C.S. No. 6 and C.S. No 7 before venturing into this current document. See the category entitled “Thomas Paine”.

The debate over whether or not political term limits are needed has ranged far and wide. Nearly an equal number of arguments both favoring and opposing term limits has been advanced. Strangely enough, intellectuals of a progressive nature clamoring for all nature of change have been uniformly opposed to the introduction of term limits for the rank and file of our elected officials. They obviously do not see term limits for politicians as constructive change. Conservatives ( non-intellectuals ), on the other hand, have mainly expressed the belief that generalized term limits will never be allowed, so why waste time and energy pursuing a concept which can never gain traction. This conservative opinion is clearly more notion than fact. There are isolated examples of term limits applied to elected officials, primarily at state level. What is lacking is a structured program imposing term limits across the entire political spectrum.

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The Irrefutable Case for Term Limits

WHERE  HAS  COMMON  SENSE  GONE?

(The Irrefutable Case for Term Limits)

No. 8

Thomas Paine – February  2010

The reader is encouraged to review C.S. No. 6 and C.S. No 7 before venturing into this current document.

The debate over whether or not political term limits are needed has ranged far and wide. Nearly an equal number of arguments both favoring and opposing term limits has been advanced. Strangely enough, intellectuals of a progressive nature clamoring for all nature of change have been uniformly opposed to the introduction of term limits for the rank and file of our elected officials. They obviously do not see term limits for politicians as constructive change. Conservatives ( non-intellectuals ), on the other hand, have mainly expressed the belief that generalized term limits will never be allowed, so why waste time and energy pursuing a concept which can never gain traction. This conservative opinion is clearly more notion than fact. There are isolated examples of term limits applied to elected officials, primarily at state level. What is lacking is a structured program imposing term limits across the entire political spectrum.

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