Lager’s Term Limit Push Misguided, Unelected Bureaucrats Need Limits

The only term limits that should definitely be implemented are on unelected bureaucrats. “Bureaucrats do not have to operate in the real world and too often have no idea what it means to responsibly produce something and keep customers happy,”
Feb. 21, 2012 - PRLog -- St. Charles, MO , February 21, 2012- Missouri's Senate recently endorsed a plan to expand Missouri term limits. (http://tinyurl.com/7co5thu)  Lobbyists, bureaucrats, and special interests are no doubt ecstatic. Not too long ago, elected Missourians could work hard to convince voters to retain them or face real term limits - the voting booth. According to a recent MU study, "term limits have had a negative effect on the institutional knowledge of legislators." (http://tinyurl.com/7y9zduq)

According to the study, “many new, inexperienced legislators do not fully understand many of the complex issues for which they must make policy. They are so busy learning how to do their jobs before their term limit expires that they do not have time to adequately research each issue.” Lt. Governor hopeful Mike Carter says that this results in inexperienced or lazy legislators becoming overly dependent on bureaucrats and lobbyists who have untethered personal agendas and often understand only one side of issues.

In light of this, Carter says the only term limits that should definitely be implemented are on unelected bureaucrats. “Bureaucrats do not have to operate in the real world and too often have no idea what it means to responsibly produce something and keep customers happy,” says Carter. Otherwise, he says existing and proposed term limits on elected officials should be given much scrutiny and thought, especially as concerns the evisceration of voter power.

“Evidently Senator Lager and some of his cohorts don’t trust voters to do anything. They are now on record calling for the Lt. Governor and Governor to run on one ticket, which dilutes the citizens’ votes and contradicts what voter preferences have recently shown. Then there's their gutting Proposition B concerning puppy mills. And, now, they’re talking about more term limits statewide which voters are more than capable of taking care of at the polls. Are our legislators afraid of voter power? I really don’t understand it, it’s quite perplexing” said Carter. “What are they so afraid of? This sounds like a case of idle hands are the devil’s playground; there are many more pressing things on the minds of Missourians,” said Carter.

Carter says that while he isn’t a fan of outsourcing government jobs to private companies, he knows that governmental bureaucracies can be brought in line with customer-driven objectives - much like a business worried about returning customers and efficiencies. He says all such bureaucratic governmental positions should be subject to mandatorily reapplying for their jobs every seven years or so.

Carter is an Independent-minded candidate who has cast votes for Ross Perot and Ron Paul. He is a former judge, real estate attorney, Senior Lecturer for the University of Missouri, corporate counsel, and Director at the St. Louis Board of REALTORS. He supports Ron-Paul politics, advocating smaller government, abolishment of irresponsible spending, and a ban on unnecessary governmental intrusion into the private lives of citizens.

Chad Carter
chad@MikeCarter.com
314-503-9285

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Carter is an Independent-minded candidate who has cast votes for Ross Perot and Ron Paul. He is a former judge, real estate attorney, Senior Lecturer for the University of Missouri, corporate counsel, and Director at the St. Louis Board of REALTORS. He supports Ron-Paul politics, advocating smaller government, abolishment of irresponsible spending, and a ban on unnecessary governmental intrusion into the private lives of citizens.
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