What are the blocks to YOU representing YOUR community in Parliament/or the Senate?
Many people agree that for 'the man/woman-in the street'-Its an uphill struggle or virtually impossible to get to be an MP or a Senator,a few of the main reasons being -one needs to be wealthy,-or know people in high places,or have both fortunes. So bearing this in mind how can our Government(s) be truly representative of the mass populas,and what needs to be changed to remedy this problem?
Get all corporate money out of Government and educate the voters on how things really work.
Time and money. You need plenty of both to do the job properly. I would advocate subsidies for aspiring representatives but a cap on private contributions to election funds. Also, get more democracy into schools. We graduate knowing nothing about the mechanics of collective decision making or representation. A democracy is only as good as it's education system.
Ha! I would never get elected! I would refuse to play politic games and would never conduct an opinion poll before I made a decision. My decisions would be based on what's right or wrong, not on political correctness....so even if I did get elected once, I would probably be recalled or lose the next election! Truth about what's right, what's wrong and governing the way our founders intended isn't exactly popular anymore....
Be it England or the United States, the issues facing law making bodies are more complex than they use to be because of growing populations, demand for services, the cost of maintaining an infrastructure, providing health care, assistance for the elderly and many other things that were not considered by the creators of either system.
I have no desire to be an elected politician. I would have a difficult time rasining money, since I would not accept amounts over a certain amount. I do not belong to either major political party so the seniority system would keep me tucked away in some corner of the Capitol and thus my only outlet would be the media, which might not like my ideas or views and thus ignore me. Some elected officials serve with distinction, most do not. That is an issue that can be corrected by the voters--over time--but it can be done.
by Tom Ware 8 years ago
I'm told that in Great Britain the Parliament is elected for a five year period. In America...the government is elected for four, with any particular president having to step down after two periods of four, if re-elected. In Australia, the period is only three years. ...
by Jack Lee 7 months ago
This is not a political question but a fact checking question. Just curious how the people have been affected by the shut down?For me, not one bit. If the news did not report on this, I would not know it. I live in Westchester county NY about 1 hour north of NYC. I am retired, my social security...
by India Arnold 7 years ago
Why don't politicians stick to representing their constituency anymore?
by Catherine Mostly 2 years ago
What are you going to do the day after the election?I think most of us pretty much know who we are voting for at this point, so no matter who wins - lets let the cards fall where they may and look ahead: how will you start de-stressing after the hairy-scary national show is over?Will you be okay if...
by Emer Kelly 6 years ago
Do you think people should have to display an understanding of politics before being allowed to voteI don't mean an in-depth understanding, just a basic one of how government works and what each party/candidate stands for.
by RealityTalk 6 years ago
Why do so many Congressmen, Senators & Governors live in mansions while we suffer a $13T Nat. debtCheck out the financial picture of many of our Congressmen & women, our Senators, and our State Governors. These elected officials live pretty high on the hog, yet our nation suffers...
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