Sunday, October 12, 2008

Eight (Years) Is Enough

George Will, arguing that "the political class's reaction to term limits is a powerful, indeed sufficient, argument for them," reminds us that the absence of such limits hardly results in a panacea of good government:

Two amusing arguments against term limits are that political novices are too susceptible to the wiles of lobbyists and that term-limited legislators, worrying too much about their next jobs and too little about their current ones, are constantly in campaign mode, thinking of the next election rather than the next generation. The idea that when term limits are absent, these difficulties are absent is refuted by one word: Congress.

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