[QUOTE=bitonti;4255080]everyone loves the idea of term limits. they have em in many state legislatures what you find is that everyone is new, no one actually knows how to be a politician. You get all these dudes learning on the go and when they finally know how to do the job their term limits are reached. It's one of those ideas that is much better in theory than in practice.[/QUOTE]
Agree to disagree.
I like the idea that they "don't know how to be a politician". We're not voting for Politicians, we're voting for representatives, remember. The two are not neccessarily mutually inclusive.
And leanring on the job is fine, it may mean they have less of a vested long-term interest in profiteering, political empire building, and outright obstruction.
Best of all, I believe term limits supoorts third party opportunity. It's not a wasted vote anymore to give a third party a term (or two) to see how they do.
Life-Term Politicians are a huge portion of why Washington is as broken, devisive and corrupt as it is. Guys like this are effectively a ruling class of mafia like dons, with far too much power, and far too little time actually serving the people.