Unlock Congress

Unlock Congress

Reform the Rules, Restore the System

Book - 2015
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The American people are disgusted with the U.S. Congress. In 2014, public approval of the "first branch" of government reached a forty-year low, its popularity ranking well below Nixon during the Watergate years and BP during the oil spill. Congress is producing legislation at a historically anemic rate, while many of the nation's most immediate problems fester. Those are the facts. The fiction? The notion that we can't do anything about it. Two-and-a-quarter centuries ago, the U.S. Constitution assigned various powers and obligations to our legislative branch -- a written warranty calling on our elected representatives to "promote the general welfare." But failures in recent years reveal a profound truth: Congress is in breach of contract. More than ineffective, the legislative process has become defective. And to a great degree, it is the congressional system that is driving the problem, not just the people and parties who are stymied by it. It is time to stop labeling them all "fools." Instead, we the people must push to reform the rules. In Unlock Congress, veteran journalist and former political strategist Michael Golden examines the ways in which congressional failure generates a harmful PRODUCT. Rather than narrowly affixing blame to individual politicians or even to the partisan divide, Golden methodically diagnoses underlying causes behind the breakdown. He identifies the PROBLEM obsolete rules that lead to major defects within the system. Finally, Unlock Congress lays out a PLATFORM of solutions designed to reinvigorate both the process and its players.

Publisher: Pacific Grove, California : Why Not Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780984991983
0984991980
Characteristics: ix, 317 pages ; 24 cm

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May 27, 2015

Hmmmm. . . . .so the problem is obsolete rules? ? ? Thank goodness for the likes of Michael Golden to solve everything - - I could have sworn all that so-called regulatory capture [i.e., bought and paid for congress critters] might have something to do with it? When Maria Cantwell, who purports to be a democrat while supporting war, every so-called free trade agreement possible, as well as the offshoring of all American jobs [as Cantwell says: // Companies have to compete. . .\\ - - so, shipping out all the jobs and nonpayment of federal taxes constitutes competition???] received $17 million from Real Networks, it had to be have been a political payoff, because she certainly wasn't a competent VP of Human Resources? Nope, the republiCONs are despicable, but sad to say, there are only several REAL democrats still left in congress, and, unlike Cantwell, they have voted against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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