|Government policy is driven by (choose 1+)|
|careful analysis||8 votes|
|current events||24 votes|
|long term goals||5 votes|
|partisan bickering||28 votes|
|special interests||55 votes|
I agree with these results, and I am also depressed by them. I am now reading The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy, in which Buchanan and Tullock lay out the best case for voting, logrolling, etc., and I am having a hard time reconciling their optimistic view with daily reality.
That leads me to wonder if:
- Things are better than we see, or
- They are as bad as what we see, but don't really matter, or
- We are going to hell in a handbasket...
So it seems we face two questions:
- How well are we doing relative to how we could do?*
- How do we improve what we are doing, to approach a realistic higher level?
Please tell me your number one reform, to improve this process.
I have many, but I put neutral representative districts (no gerrymandering) at the top. My goal is that representatives appeal to the needs of the average, not the extreme, voter.
Bottom Line: We get the government we deserve. Change requires that we (1) know what's wrong and (2) address those failures.
* Churchill: "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."