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Unproductive Congress: How stalemates became the norm in Washington DC - First Read


The question is, what can we do to fix this issue and prevent it from happening in the future. This thread is not here to bash one side or another, the whole political system is at fault here not just one side or another.

Do we demand more elections and shorter terms?

What do we do to fix this problem?

Or can we fix this problem?
 

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It's both really simple, and REALLY complicated all at the same time.

The simple answer is that we have to get new people in Congress that aren't attached to either of the two main political parties. This way these people have no greater political agenda (read: their parties goals) and can focus on doing their actual JOB instead of soaking up a shit ton of tax payer dollars while putting themselves into positions to get great paying private sector jobs after they leave office.

Doing that however, is FAR more complicated then it sounds. Most voting machines are owned, maintained and run by the 2 political parties. Media outlets focus on the 2 big parties for the majority of their coverage. The majority of voters that are also employed in the public sector (which has off on election days) thanks to political connections (read: direct supervisors and hiring managers are members of the same political party) vote strictly on Party Lines so a large voter turn out favors the status quo.

There is also limited coverage on what Congress actually does. If you go out and ask a random American on the street, most can't tell you where to go to get information on what Congress is working on, let alone who their Reps are. Without the voters having that knowledge we simply maintain the status quo and nothing changes.

You wanna get started with turning this around? Tell people to go on websites like opencongress.org/ or Govtrack.us so they can get educated on what congress is doing. After that it's a matter of raising awareness with your friends and co-workers about things you don't like that they are doing and voting in new Reps and Senators (if you feel yours are doing a poor job).
 
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