11/16/09

Labor-state blamed on term limits

A straw man for union domination of Michigan politics
The provision in our state Constitution limiting the terms of certain elective offices is an intentional restriction on ambitious politicians, not an "experiment," as The Detroit News suggests ("Failed Experiment," Nov. 11). Further, the editors are either hopelessly myopic or disingenuous in asserting that regularly scheduled elections provide the same controls. It is nearly impossible to unseat even bad incumbent legislators because they have so rigged the system to protect their own advantage.

Of course, any change has unforeseen, unintended consequences. As The News correctly observes, the response of those who have found term limits an impediment to making a career out of "public service" has been to turn elective office in a giant game of musical chairs. But tolerating political dynasties is not a good alternative. (from detnews.com)
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