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  • Philip Blumel
    Bill Hayes, an RLCer from Palm Beach Shores, received top billing on today s letters page of the Palm Beach Post: Letters to the Editor: Eight years is
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      Bill Hayes, an RLCer from Palm Beach Shores, received top billing on
      today's letters page of the Palm Beach Post:

      Letters to the Editor:
      "Eight years is plenty; lobbyists behind push for longer terms"
      Wednesday, June 08, 2005

      The Post's editorial "Eight isn't enough" (May 24) asserts
      that "Florida voters went for emotion over reason in limiting state
      legislators to eight years in office" and recommends that voters
      undo "some of the damage that has been done."

      This assertion is insulting to the 77 percent of us who voted for
      and still support term limits. The arguments that eight years isn't
      enough time for legislators to learn what is going on and that
      legislators need more time to seek key chairmanships, etc., are just
      plain silly. Legislators are not elected because they don't know
      what is going on, and they don't arrive in Tallahassee as newborn
      babes. They campaign for office with a keen sense of what is going
      on, and on a platform to accomplish certain things for the voters.

      The Post's suggestion that a term-limited legislator is more likely
      to "just make friends with the right lobbyists and enjoy those perks
      of elected office" is particularly ludicrous. Follow the money; it
      is the lobbyists who are so much in opposition to term limits. Watch
      who pays for the campaign to extend term limits from eight to 12
      years. It will be the lobbyists whose control over legislators is
      greatly diminished when citizen-legislators go to Tallahassee to do
      a job for the people rather than always looking to the next election
      and raising money from the lobbyists. Lobbyists like to keep their
      politicians honest. Lobbyists define an honest politician as one
      who, once bought, stays bought.

      There are many reasons why the people (78 percent of us, according
      to the most recent poll) want our legislators to remain term-
      limited. Our Founding Fathers did not envision professional
      politicians. They envisioned citizen legislators who would make a
      sacrifice to serve the people and return to private life, rather
      than make a career of looking to the next election and raising money
      from lobbyists. Without term limits there are fewer elections
      because incumbents, with all their lobbyist-raised money, are so
      hard to beat that few candidates even try.

      WILLIAM V. HAYES

      Palm Beach Shores


      http://www.palmbeachpost.com/opinion/content/opinion/epaper/2005/06/0
      8/a11a_letters_0608.html
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