How much do we need the senators, the state officials, the congressman and congresswomen ? they come from an era when most of the population was under informed and under educated and the elected officials could pretend to be the only one able to make the important decision for us.
What about a system in which we vote for a team (president + cabinet ministers) at the national level and nothing between them and our local elected team (mayor+city council) ?
The local team would only need a local office, they'd work remotely. the beauty of local official in our cities is that we know them : kids go to school, they hire gardener, nanny , we see them at local events, we know how/if they get rich in a dirty way or how generous they are, where and how much time they and their family spent their vacation ... their reputation is known to all who vote for them .
Today we're told one of the best way to impact DC is to let our senator/congress person how we fill. Well in this new system we would know which door to knock and in front of which home to stand .
This would diffuse lobbying , would empower the local media by refocusing them on local issues, improve the election campaign by focusing on the team and achievements of everyone.
There would be less room for career politician, more eager for power than to solve issues for their electors. For project involving multiple cities like transportation, the local team would work together and share costs and benefits.