As regular readers of my commentaries know, I am no fan of term limits. On a basic level I dislike laws that force people out of their jobs for no other reason than that they have held a post for a certain number of years. Do a wonderful job, do a terrible job, it doesn't matter, you're out.
I also think California's term limit law is
yet another example of a ballot initiative which succeeded at the ballot
box but failed in application. Term limits mean our lawmakers lack
experience and seniority and lobbyists increasingly have power over
those lawmakers. Lawmakers are also constantly looking for their next
job. Term limits don't create citizen legislators; they create a
merry-go-round that politicians get on and off depending on when they
are termed out.
Term limits have certainly not caused all that ails California, but they surely have done little to help.
Finish reading this article on KCET.org.