Rick Larsen: Term Limits – Not a Pitfall, but a Pinnacle

Elected officials and self-identified politicos often lament the apathy of the public and yet, in the case of term limits, are quick to discount resounding public support with the condescending attitude that “the public doesn’t know what’s good for them”. An astonishingly high 79% of Utah voters statewide would beg to differ, as they express strong support of term limits. In fact, only 5% of those surveyed strongly oppose term limits. The public couldn’t possibly make a stronger statement as to their opinion on this issue Not so long ago,…

The pitfalls of term limits

I just read that a “citizen” group is embarking upon an initiative effort to enact term limits in Utah. Long, long ago, in a land, well, not so far away here in Utah, I thought the same thing. Term limits to diminish a politician’s power. It sounds so appealing. That was before I saw government up close. After many years becoming a student of how government works, particularly at the state level, I have a whole new perspective. In reality, term limits merely turns elected officials into passing observers of…