Extend Term Limits

It’s not often that I comment on politics, but an editorial in today’s Morning Sentinel, NOV. 6 REFERENDUM QUESTION 5 Term-limits law hasn’t had desired effects on Legislature is right on.

In 1996, Maine voted to limit terms of politicians. There were a few life-long politicians that seemed to run the Legislature. Term limits were an attempt to remedy that.

Instead, John Martin still has incredible influence, and we don’t have any proof that the limits have promoted democracy. Indeed, they seem to encourage near-sighted, 2-year “fixes” to systemic state and economic challenges. It’s like having a near-sighted driver with esotropia weaving all over I-95 at 70 miles per hour. The driver is getting somewhere, but at untold harm and danger to everyone else on the road.

Term limits seemed like a good idea at the time. I supported them. But 11 years later, it’s clear it’s not working.

As Sen. Collins has learned in Congress, leadership takes time and we desperately need leadership in the Legislature.

Let’s vote to extend the limits on Nov 6.

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com. He's also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to http://thenonprofitacademy.com/21waysebook

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. rich

    yeah, I’ve heard over & over again how these junior lads get in there & immediately set to work crafting all manner of legislation…
    (mostly worthless)

  2. Marc

    Did you see the some of the 575 bills for this “short” term. Low stakes cribbage? And I normally am impressed with Peter Mills!

  3. rich

    “Finley put in two bills at the request of constituents — one would require walkers and joggers to wear reflective vests at night”

    Good Heavens…
    Some folks just need to be slapped with a big fish…

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