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Term Limits

This was a Guest Editorial for the Arizona Republic, October 1990.  It seems more true today than it did then.
“Those who trade liberty for security will soon have neither.”– Benjamin Franklin
“When a government fears the constituency, its first action is to disarm them. When faced with this action, the constituency’s duty is to arm itself even further.” — James E. Smith
“Governments need enemies to justify their existence.” — Edward Abbey
With the fall of the Soviet Union, the American Government needs a visible enemy. It seems to have chosen the American people to fill this role. When the government declares war on your rights it’s always “For your own good.” In reality, it’s only to increase that government’s power and to perpetuate itself in an increasingly larger form.
It’s time to make some fundamental changes in the American system if we are to preserve our traditional liberties. The founding fathers never intended that anyone would hold a public office for a lifetime. Today, we see politicians whose only purpose is to be re-elected. Everything they do, all the deals, compromises, and voting is to that end. If they were only permitted to serve one term, none of this could happen. In fact, a person should only be permitted one elected position in a lifetime. with a maximum term of six years. We could go even further and allow no one to work for any government in any capacity for more than six years. The military could be exempt from this restriction, as this is the one area where experience might be useful. Is there any other government job that the average individual cannot master in six months to a year?  Who is truly satisfied with a government “service”?  Is anyone happy with the Social Security Administration, the TSA (Terminally Stupid Association) or  Homeland Security?  (Hopelessly Silly)
Many would say that this plan would throw out the good with the bad. What good? Does anyone know of an elected, appointed, or hired government employee that couldn’t be easily replaced? After six years, they are no longer part of the solution but have become the problem. They need to get back into the work force and find a real job. If they knew they were going to have to rejoin the real world and live with the results of their actions, it might influence some of the decisions being made in government. The first monetary savings would be the elimination of the incredible retirement package they have voted themselves.
Who would serve under those conditions? Most Americans would do so. For some positions, it might be necessary to have a mandatory period of national service; not a bad idea in itself. Draftees could serve as lower-level public servants for two years, then be free to pursue their careers.
Private industries or groups could better provide many government “services” anyway. Two prime examples are the Tennessee Valley Authority and fire departments. The TVA is subsidized by taxpayers all over the country so that select consumers may enjoy electric rates far below the national average. The entire system could be sold to private power companies for billions of dollars. Resulting in a handy profit for the government and some relief for the taxpayer. The TVA customers have to become accustomed to the real world of energy costs where the rest of us have lived for decades.
Those who have fire protection from Rural Metro know that their service far exceeds what is usually available from government-run fire companies and at a surprisingly low cost. Local governments could vend fire protection to private companies. Firefighters deserve to be properly paid and the open marketplace is the only way to ensure this.
Most readers can think of many instances where a government “service” competes with private business. Vending these out or simply getting out of the business would help both the government and the commercial enterprises. The government would gain tax revenue while cutting expenses and the business would prosper. Taxpayers would receive better service at lower costs. This is a “win-win-win” solution.

James E. Smith

  1. rose
    April 9, 2011 at 11:09 am

    brazil nuts yummy

    • April 9, 2011 at 11:29 am

      Ohhh, exactly the type of insightful, intelligent comment I always hope to see. Did you think of this all by yourself or did you have your mommy help you? If so, it’s obvious why you have the mental agility of a soap dish.

  2. April 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    What’s the matter, Rose? Haven’t you satisfied your intellectual masochism enough? You’ve amply demonstrated you have the intellectual capabilities of a tomato. Or does derision and contempt somehow give you a thrill?

  3. April 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    You are making yourself look more and more stupid. You would you have any idea if I am wealthy? (I’m not)

    Yes, some on more intelligent is better than another person, especially if, unlike you, they use that intelligence. Wealthy doesn’t matter, a total idiot (like you again) can inherit wealth.

    Welcome to the “let’s mock the moron” week.

  4. rose
    April 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    oh and fuck you you racist bastard

  5. April 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Yep, I knew you would resort to obscenities. That’s always a sign of a weak mind attempting to express itself forcefully.

    How would you know if I am a racist? You don’t, it’s just that you are unable to think of anything rational to say.

    BTW, you are now banned.

  6. rose
    April 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    sorry for that last comment – but are you sorry about your racism? doesn’t appear so.

    • April 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Where is any evidence I am a racist? You are not only stupid, you are also a liar. I’m sure that doesn’t bother you a bit. Excuse now, while I ban you before you an post any more ignorance.

  7. susiesaysursnob
    April 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    btw you are a liar and a coward who deletes the truth – mronemanband

    • April 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      I am not a coward or a liar. I use my real name and address. what do you do? You hide behind the internet to say things you would never dare say to my face.

      You have not told the truth even once. Be aware I have your IP address and I can look you up, you worthless piece of trash.

  8. concerned
    April 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Look my stepdaughters just come in to me crying and shes going out her mind about this. She made a perfectly innocent comment on your blog and you decided to use it as an opportunity to abuse her. I dontexcuse what she said here but she was only joking with her first comment and you insulted and made fun of her. Your much older you could have at least been civil. She’s very upset about the way you’ve spoke to her and as an adult you ought to be ashamed of yourself. Now. you be very careful and stop taunting her or you’ll be dealing with me.

    • April 10, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      Are you threatening me? Then bring it on. Did she also show you all the comments she made? Like “fuck you”? She said far worse to me, calling me a racist with no evidence at all. All I did was tell the truth about stupid comments with no evidence. Bad spelling, and multiple attempts to try to fool me by changing names.

      I have banned this totally obnoxious person (I suspect you are still her based upon the poor English spelling, punctuation and grammar) and will never permit any of you to post again.

      I have already notified your ISP there in Manchester, UK. So if, I have to deal with you, come on. I’ll even buy you a ticket from the UK to Brazil. Then we’ll see if I can “deal with you.”

  9. concerned
    April 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Look nobodys threatening you mate. I’ve told her off and she’s very sorry. What more do you want me to do. I’m not excusing her swearing as i never taught her language like that and neither did her mother. I wouldn’t like it either and i’ve told her that and she’s apologized to you. She started by making a totally harmless comment though and you goadedher. Yes we’ve had a few problems with her and can be a bit precocios at times. But now your attitude is frightening her and you need to wind your neck in as this is way out of order and i don’t like that.

  10. April 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I’m sorry you don’t like that. But show me one word I have posted that was not true. If you are telling me the truth, the problem is a willful, undisciplined child. When people get on my blog and continually post obscene, ignorant remarks, I call them on it.

    Exactly how was telling the truth “goading” anyone. If someone doesn’t like the facts, they should change their behavior, not complain when someone points out the truth. Calling someone a “racist” is goading, particularly when it is not true.

    If my attitude is frightening her, she should stay off my site. Were this my child, computer privileges would be suspended until further notice.

    FYI, she has not apologized in any manner. Nor would I expect that from someone as egotistical and spoiled as she seems to be.

    I don’t know what your personal level of education is, or even if you care about things like that. But maybe if you used a spell checker and paid some attention to punctuation, you would sound a bit more creditable.


  11. concerned
    April 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    As a follow up to that just to you know i’ve now banned rosie from the internet and i’ve taken the computer out of her room. For obvious reasons apart from this I dont aprove of her going online by herself anyway and she will only be doing so under our strict supervision for the forseable future.

    • April 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      That was a good move. Although I am maybe a bit too soft-hearted. I would simply have disconnected her internet connection so she would have the computer for school uses and playing games.

      But this is your home and your decision. You know this child best and I would never second-guess your thinking.

  12. Jason Freer
    May 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I had to laugh when I read that you thought fire services should be private industries. You idiot!

    • May 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      You have obviously never heard of any private fire services such as Rural/Metro. They are very efficient, well-paid firefighters. I have been a customer and the services they provide are able to far exceed those of municipality-owned companies.

      You are the idiot and arrogant in your ignorance. You’re also a coward hiding behind a fake ID and false email. But you have a lot to hide. Too bad you’ve exposed your ignorance already.

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