We have to vote out as many republicans as possible.
I think part of the root cause is the amount of money it takes to get elected,
and to whom a politician must sell their soul to get it. The people vote, but it
is not to them that the elected are beholden. Every issue, be it guns, health
care, tobacco, or whatever has money behind it trying to gain influence. Far and
away, most of these interests are contrary to the wishes or best interests of
the people that the system should serve first. I don't know what the answer
is.I do believe the system was never designed to withstand the resources thrown
into some campaigns now. Unless we can restrict campaigns or donations to dollar
limits, I think the voice of the people will seldom be heard in the future of
the process. I worry this can't be done.
Roger states that, "If these legislators were working in the private sector,
90 percent of them would be fired."Never fear Roger, many, if
not most of the people in government "leadership", including their
aides, PR hacks, "advisers" of various sorts, etc., spend their time in
government with the heady expectation that they will eventually
"monetize" their Washington time by selling their influence TO the
private sector.Everyone should read the book, "This Town: Two
Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded
Capital", by Mark Leibovich. He's a long-time Washington correspondent
for several news agencies, currently The New York Times Magazine. The book
describes the rampant corruption that permeates virtually every level and sector
of Washington. I'm almost finished with it and I'm very sorry to say
it confirms every sick sense I've had about the Federal government over the
years.I'm convinced there are very decent, intelligent and
well-intentioned people who strive to get elected so they can do their best to
clean things up and set things straight. I also know that they **almost** all
are eventually corrupted by the power-mongering and influence peddling.
Please don't fail to give proper credit where credit is due. Don't
forget Rob Bishop's role in the House malfeasance. He stays in the shadows
but he was a major player in the Government shutdown. Do you hear that all you
federal employees in Ogden?
The whole idea of "districting" isn't in the Constitution. Why do
it? Why not have all representatives elected at large?
If there was such a thing as Government Science and a person could major in that
throughout his education, would he be better prepared to represent his
constituents than his counterpart educated and trained in business or other
science?The curriculum for such would be open to public scrutiny and
influenced by sacred documents and public wishes. Of course that might inject a
little bit of democracy.If a person was guaranteed a proper career
for his lifetime, would he be less susceptible to the temptations of the
unscrupulous and less likely to throw the people of the nation under the bus for
personal gain. Elections would still be the determining factor in
upward progress but a person could only be fired for criminal actions. Would such a person be better or worse than someone who gets a temporary
turn at having power over others?
It is not enough to "throw the rascals out." Not if we just replace them
with new rascals. We must replace every member of our Congressional delegation
with candidates who will promise to avoid extremism, vow to work together with
those of the other party to get things done, and take realistic, moderate views
that reflect the views of the majority of the country, which is becoming
increasingly unaffiliated politically because of the absurdities they see on
both the right and the left. So, Utah, are you willing to do this? The last
thing we need is six more Mike Lees or Jason Chattetzes in Washington.
You missed 1 off your count.
Previously a part of the employment contract in private enterprise forbade
employment by another business, especially a business competitor. That never
applied to government employment although the pledges and oaths seemed to
require it, it is very seldom enforced. Our representatives in
government are likely to act as the employees of private interests who pay them
much more than the government and provides a more dependable career.