With the federal government in typical gridlock even with a majority held by the democrats what would you do to make the process more workable.
1. Term Limits
2. Publicly funded campaigns
3. Referendum ballot options for major expenditures
4. Line item vetos
5. Disband two party system
6. Eliminate private campaign donations
7. Federal mandate balanced budgets
8. Hold a Constitutional Congess to restructure congress
These are just a few suggestions. Please participate.
Voluntary taxation. More details here: http://hubpages.com/hub/Anarchy-Does-it … ny-chances
Misha- You make some good points in your blog but I think we have always had mob rule. Some candy coat it by saying majority rule but it is the same. We have let a really bad element get in charge and frankly I don't think we have a polite way of getting out. Mind you I don't condone a forcible takeover as some think but a takeover non the less.
I think the politicians have effectively split this country up to think it is always us against them on some cooked up platform issue and have had a great deal of success keeping us from forming a mass mentality based on bettering our situations. The politicians can there for practice their greed tactics and run the country as they see fit.
Why not take away their self imposed rights and slowly strangle off the life line of greed. If you are in you are out. This is hard to do because as with any endeavour in human nature there is the I got to be in control factor.
We the people hve to start talking with one another outside of party politic and figure out what to do. The one thing they (the congress) has not totally taken over is the vote. They are working on that but we still have that. I always say when I vote "if you are in, you are out".
First, we disband the one-party system masquerading as the two-party system. That way, politicians can build coalitions based on individual missions rather than the clubhouse framework which gets so bogged down in rhetoric. Then, the lobbyists have to go . . . send them to China and let them subvert that system for a half-century or so. We can't have good gov't, right, left or center, as long as the only people who can be elected are those who prostitute themselves to monied interests. Also, remember how it used to work? When the winner of the Presidential election became President and the runner up became Vice President. Imagine if it worked that way now . . . McCain would be Vice President now . . . then no one would have to drone on about bipartisanship.
So you want to push politicians even further from the people and do away with freedom of speech?
You don't "remember" that unless you are a very extremely old person...and if we were to go back to such a system the already fairly empty position of Vice President would become a place of absolute political exile that few would want.
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