Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
You have to change the culture of Washington either through electing politicians whose primary motive is not retaining power(I have my doubts the American public has the discernment to do this) or redirect the corruption of politicians away from special interests. Do this by passing an amendment for term limits of one term for the President and Congress and have lucrative financial incentives for the politicians to balance the budget and for every percentage point lower the cost of government is to the GNP. Maybe raise the term of the Presidency to six years, Representatives to four years, and keep Senate at six. A non partisan Tea Bag movement that focuses on term limits/incentives would focus the taxpayers anger in a positive direction and be a possible vehicle for change.
Last edited by laska; 12-25-09 at 01:04 PM.
The root of the U.S.'s debt problem is in our polarizing political mentality, secondarily in our two-party system. Europe went through a lot of upheavals because of competing classical liberal and socialist philosophies but because neither side had a clean win over the public consciousness, it resulted in a society where there is less ideology and more practicality in formulating economic policy. At least on economics, Europeans in general are less dedicated to their personal ideals and are more interested in results, so right and left wing parties can only hurt themselves at the polls by dogmatically opposing each other, which requires more time addressing the technics of their policies -- they speak about things of real substance, not empty talking ideological point-scoring nonsense like in U.S. politics. Furthermore, their parliamentary systems, which often result in coalition governments, require a much higher degree of coordination between different political viewpoints.
The existence of third-parties is meaningless until Americans reduce their enthusiasm for their opinions. The Republican and Democratic Parties, especially the Republicans, are the best you get until Americans achieve an 'enlightened' state of disinterest in means to economic prosperity. Government control will be less hacksawed.
Last edited by Morality Games; 12-25-09 at 02:32 PM.
If you notice something good in yourself, give credit to God, not to yourself, but be certain the evil you commit is always your own and yours to acknowledge.
Obama spends more than all previous presidents and all future presidents combined.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)