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7. Right. In Michigan, term limits means doing the bidding of donors to ensure your future career
Sun May 19, 2024, 08:11 AM
May 19

We have legislators beholden to donors, not voters, because they are term-limited out and they're arranging for a soft place to land once they're out. Term limits don't work. These people don't give a shit about constituents because they don't have to, once they've been elected. Hence, all the recent corruption charges brought against legislators here (the great majority are republicans - I know you're all so surprised).

I can easily see the same happening with term limits for the SCOTUS. You know you have a limited time to make decisions so you make them to ensure your future.

What would be most effective is an ethics program with real teeth and an oversight board who can enforce the ethics code, including forcing recusals and booting someone off the bench when necessary. If they were forced to toe the line or lose their lifetime tenure, I'd bet we see a lot less corruption.

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