• Wayne R.
    October 6, 2015

    Well said. The bane of our existence is the so-called Hastert Rule. 1) It is not a rule, it is not law, it is not in the Constitution. It is a stupid arrogant convention which serves no purpose but to puff up overly partisan partisans.

    We elect our representatives (House and Senate) to represent us and govern. The notion the majority party ONLY can rule and then only if it has a majority within itself is a complete perversion of the whole idea of representative democracy.

    a) abolish this rule and such thinking.

    b) have some mathematicians design an algorithm to divide up Congressional districts such that they algorithmically change form every 8 years: we’ll call this digital gerry-un-mandering.

    c) Change the Constitution so that Executive appointments and Treaty submissions cannot be dissed: 180 days after submission, if Congress does not act, the President’s appointment becomes valid, unless the President withdraws the nomination. I like the approval process but the notion any one Senator can stop an appointment or the process is offensive and flies in the face of any sort of fairness.

    Up and Down Voting has a very sweet ring to it: (visible) accountability of those we elect to those who elect them.

    I thought the notion of a Senate was wise people with steady thoughtful perspective. I have not seen that for a very long time and have been disabused of the idea Senators are in fact wise: Instead they have better and more efficient fund raising schemes so they can afford better looking suits.

    Please figure out how we make those we elect to govern to actually do their job.


    May the POTUS race start on Jan 2 of the election year?* I know the Press will hate this, but we have got our collective body politic caught in a perpetual motion wringer. If the presidential race is a perpetual war — which it is now — then we live in perpetual war. This leads to boredom, disgust, and Trump. More important, it may lead to really bad decisions on the part of the electorate.

    • Brian Goebel
      October 6, 2015

      Thank you for your note.

      I agree with you that there are many steps Congress could take to improve its performance. I would add one to your list: What if we docked Member pay a pro-rata amount for every calendar day during a fiscal year where the government operated without an actual appropriation? Although several Members are too wealthy to care, that is not true for every elected official.

      I am going to continue to push for reform and accountability and I hope that those who are reading 2040 Matters will do the same. Taking the time to engage is the first step in improving our government.

      Thanks for reading.

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