“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
I -love- how The Obama speaks like He and His people aren't part of the problem.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Frankly I'm sick of Obama bitching about the state of American politics. Although he's right that our political system is increasingly dysfunctional, he is the worst possible spokesman for that message. Voters eat that up when you're a candidate running for president...but when you actually ARE the president and you're whining about our political system, it makes you look ineffective at best and the source of the problem at worst. Obama needs to stop being a whiny little bitch and work to reform it if it's so dysfunctional. Has he proposed ANY serious action (either as a senator or as president) to reform our legislative process? Not that I am aware of.
I suggest the following steps to reform our political system:
1. Eliminate the filibuster. There is nothing in the Constitution mandating a 60-vote supermajority for legislation to pass the Senate, and this tactic wasn't even widely used until just a few decades ago. It would eliminate a lot of the gridlock and give us a more representative government if a simple majority vote was the required threshold in the Senate, as it is in the House.
2. Institute term limits. This would require a constitutional amendment, and I realize that it would be difficult to get congresspeople to vote to put themselves out of work. So I suggest a grandfather clause, to allow anyone who was currently serving in Congress at the time the amendment was ratified to continue serving indefinitely...and going forward, anyone else would be limited to a certain length of time in Congress.
3. Bring back the bipartisan lunches and events that Congress used to have. I know this sounds small, but never underestimate the impact of people actually getting to know one another as colleagues, instead of as "the opposition" on television. I think that this would be a very easy way to encourage cooperation and civility in Congress. It's much more difficult for people to launch vicious attacks on their friends on cable television, if they're going to have lunch with them the next day.
Last edited by Kandahar; 08-12-11 at 12:27 PM.
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2: FDR's creation of the Federal welfare state set the stage for the mess we're in now - runaway entitlement spending, spending staunchly supported/defended by the Democrats so that they might gain and retain as much politcal power as possible.
We do have a spending problem but it is used to mask the real problems we face today, the under employed or unemployed. Tax dollars that should have been used to create american jobs have been used to create jobs in foreign countries. The GOP's answer is to further erode our tax base by increasing unemployment in the USA, I want to see the day when cutting spending decreases unemployment.
The only real answer is to get the government involved in job creation here in America not in China or some other country, I can't believe that tax payer dollars are actually used to help corporations relocate over seas