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On Opinion: U.S. badly needs political reforms

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5 months, 2 weeks ago

The Shutdown Kabuki Theatre merely closed a few parks and gave some White House gardeners a (paid) vacation. NSA was still taking your calls, we were still bombing Asia and Africa, and the Congressional gym was still open. Nor was there any danger of default, as the government takes in 10x in taxes what it needs to pay interest. Default then, just like today, is purely voluntary.

The author is correct about one thing: the problem was merely kicked forward. But the problem is not the debt ceiling, it's the debt. As Washington also wrote, "To contract new debts is not the way to pay old ones," and that we should avoid "ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burthen [of debt], which we ourselves ought to bear."

So long as we are borrowing to pay our debts, ungenerously throwing upon the next generation what we ought to pay today, we are not dealing with the problem. We are still looting our children, no matter how smoothly the politicians get along.

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Paul R Getto 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Five regional open primary dates should do it. Run one each month. Cancel all TV debates as they are worthless.

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Ron Holzwarth 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Political parties are not mentioned at all in the Constitution, and are certainly not necessary for the government to function.

"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."

  • George Washington, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796
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Keith Richards 5 months, 3 weeks ago

What we need are terms. Our system is broken because we have career politicians who vote to keep their jobs, not vote for what is best for our country. Most votes are bought and paid for by some group or big business. Having terms on how long a politician can be in any office is the answer.

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Kevin Groenhagen 5 months, 3 weeks ago

There goes that "extremist" talk again from another left-winger.

There are extremists in the U.S. Congress in the form of the 80 or so members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which is aligned with the Democratic Socialists of America. DSA is part of the Socialist International, whose roots go back to Karl Marx. Of course, Marxism is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution, which CPC members took an oath to serve and protect.

The Tea Party members stand up against socialism, which is foreign to our political system and culture, and should be applauded for taking their oaths to the Constitution seriously.

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