28 January 2010

Poll Results -- Shoot the politicians!

Hey! There's a new poll (McFood?) to the right --->
Politicians are...

...part of the solution to water problems
 40%
27
...have nothing to do with water problems
 3%
2
...the reason for water problems
 57%
39
68 votes total
I agree that politicians are involved, and I think that they are part of the problem:
  1. They benefit from prolonging it, due to lobbying for them to intervene.
  2. They do not understand it, because it's too complicated for anyone to understand -- like any complex problem.
Bottom Line: Politicians should delegate more authority to more people, so that they can act in their own interest on water policy issues. The results will be better, and I won't blame the politicians!

5 comments:

  1. I stayed out of voting for that one, because I found it, like the water problems you mention, too simplistic.

    Delegation of authority is not a solution to a water problem, it is the end of an active, participatory democratic republic.

    I, too, am frustrated with politicians (I work with them every day at my job). But I cannot lose faith in the system of rule by law and of representation. Because, in reality, there really is only one other type of rule.

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  2. To whom do you delegate and why them? Do you pay them?

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  3. I just re-read my post: I didn't mean to imply that your water problems were too simplistic (much less flat-out say that, which I apparently did), but to say that my feeling about your question was analogous to your feelings about politicians' "solutions" to water problems.

    Sorry.

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  4. @Josh -- I agree that these problems are complex BUT the buck has to stop somewhere AND these guys claim that they are "in charge."

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  5. David, to that, I agree. They are supposed to govern. Delegation is not governing. They need to make the big decisions clear, and then put in administrative folks to run the day-to-day, with consistent, clear oversight to them. By continuing to delegate actual decision-making, they move away from an elected government.

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