The growth of government has brought with it the entrenchment of special interests which politicians attempt to please at public expense. In turn, that has enhanced the power of incumbency, making it extraordinarily difficult for challengers to mount effective campaigns. The resulting gridlock endangers the democratic process as well as the financial well-being of every taxpayer. The authors make a compelling case for state and federal term limitations to correct these imbalances and encourage politicians to think of the general public's long-term welfare instead of short-term benefits for the narrow few. Even if the reader opposes term limits, he or she will find a goldmine of facts and figures documenting the explosive growth of the public sector. 147 pages.