Blog author: jballor
by on Thursday, January 8, 2009

I’m ambivalent about the value of term limits, but one thing that can certainly be counted in their favor is that they (at some point at least), force lawmakers to go out and try to make a living in the economic environment which they helped to shape. In Michigan, nearly half of the 110-member House of Representatives will consist of new members. Of the 46 new members, 44 are coming from seats that were open because of term limits.

And now we have reports that ex-legislators are having a tough time finding private sector jobs in the state. As the AP reports, “The task of finding new gigs will be tougher than usual for this year’s crop of term-limited lawmakers because of Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation unemployment rate, which in November reached 9.6 percent — the highest monthly rate since March 1992.”

It’s been said that those who can’t do, teach. But sometimes those who can’t do, legislate. That’s in part an argument in favor term-limits, part-time legislatures, and something other than a system that encourages the formation of career politicians.

I recognize that serving in government is an important and even a divine calling. Still, I have a hard time finding a great deal of sympathy for those who after a break from the private sector have to face up to the real-world employment situation. You reap what you sow.


  • Tracy

    To sum things up, All assembly men and women receive too many perks to keep them happy and no work to show their rewards. As I see in CA, the assembly workers have too many vacations days receive salaries over $100K and attend to many luncheons that they forget they have a job. In CA, they are still working on the budget for this fiscal year meanwhile as many as 800,000 inner city kids don’t have health insurance from the state because the budget is not passed. Our best bet is to vote for good assembly workers at the next election.