View Poll Results: Ideology aside, do you think that:

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  • Republicans in government are more competent

    16 28.07%
  • Democrats in government are more competent

    12 21.05%
  • Competence is the same for both parties

    11 19.30%
  • Republicans in government are less corrupt

    6 10.53%
  • Democrats in government are less corrupt

    4 7.02%
  • Corruption is the same for both parties

    34 59.65%
  • Other

    5 8.77%
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Thread: Which Party Governs Best?

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    Re: Which Party Governs Best?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Put aside ideological issues for a moment, and consider: which party is simply the best at governance when it is in charge? Specifically, which one is more corrupt, and which more competent?
    Democrats are more competent, and not just in the sense that I agree with their policies more (although I'm sure that's part of it). I find that most Republican politicians are more likely to believe that government can't do anything right...and that reflects the attitude they take toward governance themselves, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Corruption tends to be pretty bipartisan. If there's any variation in corruption at all, it's more incumbent-versus-minority party, as opposed to Democrat-versus-Republican.
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    Re: Which Party Governs Best?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lakryte View Post
    "Republicans in government are more corrupt"
    "Democrats in government are less corrupt"

    Err...same option...were is the "Democrats in government are more corrupt"?
    Its alongside the, "I'm partisan" choice. All 3 of those choices are.
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    Re: Which Party Governs Best?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    I think thats just baggage that comes with being a a political party; corruption, incompetence, distrust, etc.
    I don't think it's the parties themselves that are the problem but our political system which is inherently corrupt and only really allows the dishonest to have any hope whatsoever at winning the vote. Anyone who actually tried to run a clean, positive campaign would never have a shot, they'd be ripped apart by the political machine.
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    Re: Which Party Governs Best?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I don't think it's the parties themselves that are the problem but our political system which is inherently corrupt and only really allows the dishonest to have any hope whatsoever at winning the vote. Anyone who actually tried to run a clean, positive campaign would never have a shot, they'd be ripped apart by the political machine.
    It's not our political system that is inherently corrupt. It is politics which are inherently corrupt.

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    Re: Which Party Governs Best?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winnb View Post
    That's never gonna happen.

    And both parties stink.
    Speak for yourself, some of us can answer a question intellectually without personal bias.

    It seems to me that the Republican party is more unified. That makes them better at governing in the same way a dictatorship is good at governing. It doesn't make it a good thing, I just think they are more effective at implementing their policies when in power. For evidence of this I would cite the events after the 2000 election.
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    Re: Which Party Governs Best?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    It's not our political system that is inherently corrupt. It is politics which are inherently corrupt.
    To some degree, you're right. However, our political system in particular attracts the power-hungry and self-absorbed, not those who wish to serve the public good but who want to make money, power and influence for themselves.

    Career politicians should never exist, I think that's really what makes for bad leadership.
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    Re: Which Party Governs Best?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Put aside ideological issues for a moment, and consider: which party is simply the best at governance when it is in charge? Specifically, which one is more corrupt, and which more competent?
    Both parties are corrupt. As long as they maintain the two party monopoly they do not have a reason to change.
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    Re: Which Party Governs Best?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Both parties are corrupt. As long as they maintain the two party monopoly they do not have a reason to change.
    If doesn't matter if it was 10 parties or 100 parties, you'd just have 10 or 100 corrupt parties. It's the system, not the parties, that is the problem.
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    Re: Which Party Governs Best?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Crap.

    Can someone with the power to do so please change "less" to "more" in poll option #5?
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    Re: Which Party Governs Best?

    I voted equal corruption and Other. The other is because I believe the Incompetence is about equal, regardless of party.

    Sure it basically means the same thing as being equally competent, but saying they are equally competent implies that they have some degree of competence, which I don't believe they have.
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