Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Ran across a letter to the editor of my local paper railing on Bush (this is not unusual). The writer ended his letter with a call for term limits and campaign finance reform. But if the problem is short-term thinking, are term limits really the solution? I'm as opposed to dynasties as anyone, but I'm also a big believer in the law of unintended consequences, and right now I'm wondering whether knowing they'll be out of office by the time the chickens come home to roost might not encourage our presidents to seek quick fixes that might actually make things worse in the long run (like deficit spending).

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