Limiting term limits
“If elected officials were half as imaginative at solving real problems as they are at perpetuating themselves in office, we’d see real confidence in government restored. Alas, the big issue on many pols’ minds right now is getting rid of the term-limit laws that threaten to knock down their impregnable incumbent fortresses,” John Fund writes at www.OpinionJournal.com.
“Although the U.S. Supreme Court in 1995 threw out 21 states’ voter-approved term limits on members of Congress, that 5-4 ruling didn’t affect limits on state and local legislators and other officials. This year, such officials are mounting full-scale efforts to overturn the will of the people. Voters must remain constantly vigilant, lest incumbents roll back restrictions on their own tenure,” Mr. Fund said.
“This desire is bipartisan. A majority of Idaho voters supported term limits four times during the 1990s, but in 2002 that state’s Republican-dominated Legislature overrode GOP Gov. Dirk Kempthorne’s veto and passed a law repealing them.
“In New York City, the Democratic city council is contemplating subverting the will of the voters by voting to extend its own members’ term limit to 12 years from eight. That puts councilmen on a collision course with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who thinks turnover on the council is good. He also supports the existing two-term limit on his own tenure.”