Maine Politics

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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

"Admitting we were wrong"

George Smith, executive director of SAM has an editorial in the Kennebec Journal (and the Sentinel) today under the above title in which he writes about regretting his vote for term limits.
I joined a majority of Mainers in making a bad mistake by voting to enact term limits in 1993. Sixty-eight percent of us thought that we could no longer be trusted to elect the right people to the Legislature, turning instead to an arbitrary four year term limit for all representatives and senators.

That will show 'em, we thought. Yea, we showed 'em the door, all right. But when that door slammed, it hit us right in the head.

We foolishly gave up our right to decide who represents us in the Maine House and Senate, deciding that experience was unnecessary to effective and efficient representation of our interests in Augusta. We were flat out wrong.

Visit the new Maine Politics.


SAM is afraid that newer legislators will include more people from away who don't understand their concerns. I can relate to that, but term limits insure that we have new blood that is responsive to the people. Don't be fooled by the 'experienced' BS, that just means they become part of the us who really know what is going on against them the uninformed voters mindset. 

Posted by jimbo

2/10/2005 05:22:00 PM



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