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on Jun 6, 2012
I knew I was hoping against hope, but I really wanted to see this guy leave government office.
It's just musical chairs with our elected officials. Once they get a taste of power they don't want to give it up. No matter how many times they hit term limits.
What next? Dog catcher?
Simitian has been a great representative. I disagree with term limits. When representatives can't make a career of public service, they end up even more beholding to special interests. And individuals move from elected office, to corporate boards, to lobbying. They may gain public office with good intentions, but get corrupted. Or they may just get elected to further special interests. Our government is becoming very corrupt and term limits have had the opposite effect than intended.
I will agree that term limits are bad. I've never agreed with them.
Besides being beholden to special interests (as Mr. Simitian is a perfect example thereof) we end up with representatives who feel they need to make a big move as quickly as possible before they have to move on to a new job.
Government is supposedly to move slowly, with purpose. Fast change is rarely necessary or good.
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