Skip to comments.Why Congress Doesn’t Work
Posted on 06/28/2012 9:22:21 PM PDT by QT3.14
Faced with a complex, hard-to-solve problem, there is a natural human tendency to solve a much simpler, easier one instead. Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, in his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, dubs this cognitive process substitution.
We know our political system is broken. The signs are everywhere: knee-jerk partisanship, massive debts and unfunded liabilities, widespread citizen dissatisfaction, trillion-dollar deficits, rampant public and private corruption, and a federal government that has less support than King George III at the time of the American Revolution.
But fixing the system is a staggeringly complex undertaking. The causes of its dysfunction are deep and obscure.
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I’ll take, “The 17th Amendment and The Apportionment Act of 1911,” for $1,000, Alex.
2nd, althou in all honestly i think our system may be in such an advance state of decay that it is beyond repair. The recent acts of the Federal employees seems to demonstrate that the foundation has become so corrupt that it must be reforged.
Perhaps nothing short of the Fires of revolution will remidiy our problem and secure the cause of liberty to to our posterity...
The question though is how to steer this in the direction of the American Revolution, as opposed to the French. There were fundamental factors that lead the American 'Rev to the individual liberty/constitutional republic in the 1770's; and different suite of factors leading to the French democracy, anarchy, and dictatorship. I fear that the natural course of an American re-revolution today would have the result of the French Revolution of the 1790's.
Anyways, good article, interesting read!
This is indeed a fantastic article!
I’m almost wondering if we should just have a federal parliament with an upper house of individual state-appointed voting ambassadors, and a head of state that is rotated between governors every 2 years.
Agreed. The problems are deeply entrenched. One way or the other blood will be spilled in our streets. The unproductive will choose to destroy their meal ticket or the productive will stand and refuse slavery as a way of life for them.
Parents will start to become very agitated when the ability to feed and educate their children becomes overwhelming. We are now reaching that point rapidly. The fed can print all the money they would like but if there is no work there is no production and no true wealth being created.
Society will break ever more rapidly and straight up looting will become a means to eat. Killing those who wish to destroy anything you have left will become necessary to your survival.
If we cannot reign in the Federal government and start limiting their power to tax and pass laws that punish production and reward sloth and incompetence we will witness a country that will openly attempt to create slavery through force and murder of it’s citizens.
We don't need it anymore. We'll manage without it.
There is no need for a Federal Government, and it is contra-productive.
Thanks, but no more. I'm done.
It has outlived it's usefulness.
It may be wiser to have to “president”(head of state) simply employed by the leglsator, so that he maybe kept subservient to the sames lawmaking power?
I of course like your idea just as much, I do however think some states may need their govenrers full attention for their own government.
My other thought on the matter is that the justice system of a new union should be strictly limited to deciding jurisdiction(before trial) rather than cases.
In cases of clearly international nature perhaps a rotation system as you suggested might be in order there as well? Likewise in cases of dispute between States a 3rd party state seems most logical?
A very good question indeed, a question to which i have devoted a considerable amount of thought to myself over the last few years. I can only say that from what I understand the major difference between the french and American revolution was:
1: The preexisting American States.
2: The cause of the American revolution was less debt & starvation. More liberty and principled self-government.
If our States can maintain order domestically while the revolution is being waged I think what you will see will be much more like the American revolution, at least in the Conservative areas and States.
The liberal areas & states are more likely to descend into ciaos precisely because their leaders and ideology are inclined to encourage that sort of mindless violence & self-destruction.
Frankly if push came to shove I wouldn’t mind liberal areas & states descending into this ciaos while we are organizing to take control of our own fate free of them. Their ciaos can only benefit us, buying us time to secure our position and liberty.
The most corrupt part of Congress is the committee system, which gives one state’s Representative or Senator power and influence over states’ Representatives or Senators. Not sure how to improve it though, except to make committee assignments permanent.