View Poll Results: What's the biggest problem in America you think Government needs to address?

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  • Tax Reform

    3 9.38%
  • Government privacy intrustions on citizens

    4 12.50%
  • Energy independence/affordability

    1 3.13%
  • Addressing climate change

    0 0%
  • Partisan polarization

    4 12.50%
  • Education

    2 6.25%
  • Reducing crime

    0 0%
  • Addressing generational poverty

    1 3.13%
  • The economy

    10 31.25%
  • Other

    7 21.88%
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Thread: What is the biggest problem in American government?

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    What is the biggest problem in American government?

    If you could unilaterally fix one problem with American government, what would it be and how you you fix it?
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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    If you could unilaterally fix one problem with American government, what would it be and how you you fix it?
    It's the campaign money politicians need to get re-elected. It taints our whole political system. We could fix it by banning all contributions and supplying each candidate with a fixed amount to get his message across. The money we spend there would pay for itself off 1000's of times over by eliminating wasteful spending and cronyism.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Quote Originally Posted by iguanaman View Post
    It's the campaign money politicians need to get re-elected. It taints our whole political system. We could fix it by banning all contributions and supplying each candidate with a fixed amount to get his message across. The money we spend there would pay for itself off 1000's of times over by eliminating wasteful spending and cronyism.
    ^ This, word for word.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    If you could unilaterally fix one problem with American government, what would it be and how you you fix it?
    Returning to the constitutional enumerated powers of the federal gov't. Examples: Eliminating the federal department of education entirely. Making the taxation of income from all sources have nothing to do with how (or upon whom) that income was later spent. Removing all direct gov't payments to citizens if not for goods, labor or services provided to the gov't - possibly exempting contractual programs based mainly upon individual advance contributions like SS/Medicare.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Abolish democracy and end its miserable failure.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Returning to the constitutional enumerated powers of the federal gov't. Examples: Eliminating the federal department of education entirely. Making the taxation of income from all sources have nothing to do with how (or upon whom) that income was later spent. Removing all direct gov't payments to citizens if not for goods, labor or services provided to the gov't - possibly exempting contractual programs based mainly upon individual advance contributions like SS/Medicare.
    In other words let's turn back the clocks to 1900. You must think we had paradise back then. Actually it really sucked for the vast majority. There is little to be proud of about America then. It was just another oligarchy, where the wealthy abused the masses and kept them poor as dirt. You need to do some reading.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Quote Originally Posted by iguanaman View Post
    It's the campaign money politicians need to get re-elected. It taints our whole political system. We could fix it by banning all contributions and supplying each candidate with a fixed amount to get his message across. The money we spend there would pay for itself off 1000's of times over by eliminating wasteful spending and cronyism.
    I was going to say the economy and specify that we must eliminate the current relationship between corporations an politicians (both of them just using their money/power for subsidies/regulations/reelection). But yours essentially sums it up.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Quote Originally Posted by iguanaman View Post
    It's the campaign money politicians need to get re-elected. It taints our whole political system. We could fix it by banning all contributions and supplying each candidate with a fixed amount to get his message across. The money we spend there would pay for itself off 1000's of times over by eliminating wasteful spending and cronyism.
    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    ^ This, word for word.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Education. Through education, all other problems can be solved.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Seconded.
    Humans are often motivated by what is best for them even if they are unaware of it. Therefore, a politician may change his or her position on a subject simply because he or she knows that by doing so, he or she would fair better. They may not be conscious of their motivations, but it happens none the less. Thus, the problem is really that politicians are too aware of the causes that large corporations and wealthy people support. I would assume that ideally, our governmental system is supposed to be for the betterment of society. Obviously there are problems and they are all based on human error. So, I think we need to find ways to eliminate human error. How can we do this?

    In my opinion, we may be better or using science rather than opinion to inform decisions. Of course science can be corrupted too. So there goes that idea... lol!

    This is definitely a difficult situation and as long as humans are involved, there will never be a perfect solution.

    I would agree that, for starters, we should eliminate any benefit that politicians could receive via any kind of monetary or other valuable type contributions from anyone except the state.

    The only thing that should hold any weight from society should be votes. There are still problems with this though. However, if money were taken out of the picture, so that politicians could only or at least mostly be motivated by doing the "right thing", then we would be taking a step in the right direction.

    What are other people's thoughts... how can we reduce monetary influence? How can we protect against bad choices from uninformed or unethical voters?

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