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Term Limits

When America was young and it's ideas new, George Washington was elected in both his first and second term by a unanimous vote of the electoral college. No question - he could have been reelected a third term. But he believed in the concept of a citizen legislature. He believed in in the concept now known as term limits.

Opponents claim term limits are to blame for just about every problem in government today. In fact, if you listen carefully, term limits probably cause hurricanes, global warming and dropped cell phone calls as well.

But try that argument on your employer: I’m sorry Sir/ Ma’am, I’ve worked here for eight years and I still cannot handle this job. I need four more years to get a handle on my responsibilities.

State Senator Tom VanMeter was fond of telling his colleagues, “If you haven’t figured out how the state legislature works in your first six-months—you don’t belong here.”

The people have spoken with their direct votes and US Supreme Court reviewed term limits and clearly ruled that term limits are constitutional.

Ohio and Florida

In 1992 Ohio and Florida passed constitutional amendments to limit politicians' terms. In both states the Governor, Lt.Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, and Attorney General are all limited to eight years or two consecutive terms in office. Members of the State General Assembly are limited as well to two consecutive terms, or eight years.

The Federal Government

Presidential term limits: thanks to the 22nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the President is limited to two 4-year terms.

Term limits for Congress: None. 98% of the US Congress was re-elected in 2004.

Father David Libertore, pastor of St. John Boscoe Church in Parma Heights said, "I don't think this approach was in the minds of our founding fathers. They envisioned a representative government in which people would be drafted by their communities to represent them for a certain number of years and then return home....Today, term limits are the closest thing to that concept, which naturally is balked at by most career politicians. I guess we shouldn't be surprised when our civil leaders don't measure up."