Muzzio's Sharp Blade
On the Record
In a broad piece on term limits, James Withers of the New York Blade recaps the recent forum on term limits, and gets this somewhat balanced view of the issue from CUNY Prof Doug Muzzio:
Muzzio thinks there's a simple reason why the City Council wants to tinker with limits: self interest. "They are there and don't want to leave," Muzzio said. "Or they want to leave on their own terms."
However, Muzzio also offered some healthy critique of voters, noting that their asking for politicians to serve a set amount of years is an easy out.
"Elections are term limits. Artificial term limits are a labor saving device for a lazy electorate," Muzzio said.
A lazy electorate? Professor Muzio, pleeeeaaase! What up with bitch-slapping the voters?
Simply calling us lazy seems to us ... well ... also a bit lazy, and does a disservice to some of the real systemic issues of the day - ballot bumping, shoddy redistricting, self-serving elected officials (as you point out), a completely screwed up Board of Elections, poorly trained election workers ... and we could go on and on and on.
Don't you think that perhaps these issues might give some voters pause before heading to the polls?