When you zoom out far enough, it becomes rather unbelievable that congress is throwing us under the proverbial bus for the sake of political party squabbles. This is not the just economic front, but nearly every LARGE problem we have today has been caused either by their direct action or inaction. At this stage, I think their mismanagement and misdirection may well have sapped American's motivation and energy. If congress weren't in the way, I'm certain the American spirit would re-emerge, as it has done many times in the past, and reconstruct our once great country.

One of the deficiencies I see in our form of democracy is that the people have no direct input. Oh sure, we can vote out the scurge, but time softens issues and many are forgotten by the time election day rolls around. In a case like the current budget talks, it's too bad there isn't some clause that says... if congress cannot agree on a plan, then the issue will be submitted to the American people for direct vote, and congress WILL accept the result. This clause alone would provide incentive to AGREE on compromise, and probably change the whole bi-party landscape!


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Calperson 8 years 30 weeks ago

Congress did agree to a plan. They called it "Cut, Cap and Balance". The Senate rejecting it means the blame for the impasse falls directly on them.

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Zoktoberfest 8 years 30 weeks ago

[Warning: Calperson is an official republicon troll, please do not comfort the enemy!]


Having the electorate weigh in on what the government can't resolve would be great, if every voter could do so, fairly. Republicons burn the midnight oil, devising methods to discourage and disenfranchise voters likely to vote against them. We are in the mess that we are, because Bush stole both of his elections. I don't mean to hijack your fine commentary, but imposed inequity at the ballot box is ultimately destroying our democratic process. Stalin understood that vote counter's decided the outcome, but ballot misappropriation, ironically, assumes the ability to cast votes in the first place. Rovian henchmen, apparently, are even more politically malicious then Stalin.

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gary phillips 8 years 30 weeks ago

Calperson, I have always been under the impression that "congress" WAS two houses? In any case, AGREEMENT implies two or more parties, not one, and I am unanimous in that. Perhaps Faux News has a blog more deserving of your commentary. BTW, your avatar speaks volumes.

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