Bill Shipp writes in this opinion piece about the need for term limits. He, of course, blasts GOP lawmakers while making no mention of Dems who have been in office forever.
Our GOP lawmakers must have had good reason for breaking their term-limit promises. Perhaps they were delighted to discover a seat in Congress may be the securest occupation in America. More than 90 percent of House incumbents are re-elected in each election cycle. Barely a handful of congressional districts are actually contested every two years. In Georgia, only two of 13 districts – Democrat Jim Marshall’s 3rd district and Democrat John Barrow’s 12th – will be in serious play in 2006.
I have always been of the opinion that term limits are a bad idea. The concept sounds good, but the general public has no idea how complex state and federal policymaking gets. These elected officials need to be in the mix for many years before they get a firm grasp on the in’s and out’s of a given policy area. I personally don’t want novices crafting legislation that has such far-reaching effects (not that all veteran lawmakers create good policy, and vice versa).
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