12 HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT TED CRUZ’S PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT SJRES1 LIMITING THE NUMBER OF TERMS THAT A MEMBER OF CONGRESS MAY SERVE

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Supporters of term limits in the California state legislature have since come to regret it.

I think it’s one of those ideas that looks great on paper. Who doesn’t love sticking it to corrupt politicians? Except the most likely result is that politicians will still be corrupt. There will just be more turnover, less institutional knowledge, more influence from lobbyists, and a stronger executive at the expense of a weaker legislature.

But I don’t expect Cruz’s amendment to go very far, and I don’t think he does either. This is what they call a “messaging bill.” He’s just trying to score points with constituents (ironically, so they will continue to vote him into office). Nothing wrong with that, of course—it’s normal politics, and a perfectly fair play. Just keep it in perspective.

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