I have not always been a fan of term limits because I feel public service is a “calling”. When your community asks you to put your skills, experience, and character to work for the betterment of society you do it humbly, passionately and ethically. It takes a strong man of principle to know when their job is done and time for fresh ideas, President Washington was a man of such ideals. While urged to seek a 3rd term he decided not to, because America had just fought a war to throw off the yoke of monarchism and he did not want to become “King George”.
Sadly, a lot of today’s politicians act like it’s their divine right to be in “power” and, along with a complicit political system, they think they are smarter and wiser than the citizens they represent, thus legislate against the will of the people.
Kieran Lalor is a man, I believe, that understands this and makes valid points for the citizenry to not trust in the “benevolence” of their leaders and force the politicians out of “their careers” and back into service!
“The ethics legislation recently passed by both houses of the New York state Legislature is a step in the right direction, but more significant strides need to be made to drain the swamp. While more extensive financial disclosure requirements and serious penalties will help curb corruption, real reform will only be achieved when we institute term limits, stop paying virtually every legislator a “leadership” stipend and eliminate pork-barrel “member items”.”
Read more at: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20110716/OPINION04/107160320/Kieran-Lalor-Term-limits-only-way-achieve-true-ethics-reform-N-Y-state-government?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Opinion