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August 24, 2008

Re "The plight of the lame duck," Opinion, Aug. 17

Perhaps one of the worst gifts coming from the GOP was the enactment of the 22nd Amendment. Republicans' anger at FDR (he won reelection three times) led to the weakening of any reelected president. Politicians in Congress are much more likely to take the White House incumbent seriously if that individual has the capacity to run again for office.

Presidents Eisenhower, Clinton and the Republican Party's beloved Ronald Reagan were to a large extent defanged in their second terms. This is no way to run a government. The best way to have "term limits" is to leave it to the American voter.

Bob Teigan

Santa Susana

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