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re: Changing the political system
shikantaza   11/8/2012 7:43:04 PM
I like the idea of a starting date for campaigning. People currently in office have too much to do these days, and the public does get a tad weary. I'd also align the primaries so that smaller states could go early to weed out the real flakes and dangerous loonies. As a SoCal boy, I say we keep New Hampshire to go first, just to hold with a small tradition. So, start in March. First primaries in May. Conventions in August. Vote in November. 8 months. Sounds like plenty o' time to me. Or, we could do it with physical contests, as in Gulliver's Travels....

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Duane Benson   11/30/2012 6:34:38 AM
Personally, I've always thought that a little incompetence in government is a good thing. Too much is bad, but really efficient and competent governments will destroy civil rights. On balance the mass of government just wants to do their job and there are enough of them that want to do good to balance out the corrupt portions of it. That's why it more or less works here. The US was founded, in part, with the assumption that government is inherently flawed. That any government left to its own devices will likely end up oppressing it people. Our founders understood that government is necessary, but it needs inefficiency and oversight to keep it in check. Splitting power between the president, congress and the Supreme court, and then down into the states, is incredibly inefficient. Congress is even split in two. How many people and groups must agree to get anything done? A lot. It would be much, much more efficient to just have one person that can make all of the decisions without debate. That would be efficient, but horrible (think Stalin). Yes, our government is mired in mud most of the time, but that's an important aspect of the US government. It's supposed to be sluggish and inefficient.

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