Friday, March 9, 2012

The State of the Congress and of the Constitution

 Here is what major blog "Politico" says about (the U.S.) Congress:

"They don’t make national policy anymore."
and -- "They can’t earmark money for communities" (back home).

A few lines further down there is a quote from one Dan Boren, a representative in said legislative body: “If you go through all the things you have to do to get elected and you feel at the end of the day, you’re not pushing the ball forward, it’s time to go do something else,”

Finally, here is Conn. Senator Leiberman on how one gets to Congress, and why you would want to in the first place. Leiberman asks: “Why would you spend all the time raising money, run for office and go through the nastiness that’s part of a general modern political campaign to come here and be involved in gridlock? They come here to get something done.”

Both are making the same point.

As I remember it, from high school, the U.S. government, according to the Constitution, is supposed to have three branches. It seems like the Congress is a weakening branch, though, and I am not so dang sure about that ol' Soopreem Court of ours, which is supposedly the third branch.

What does this say about the state of the U.S. and the world?

The three-branch thing was supposed to protect against anyone getting too much power. So, no one part of government gets a power that cannot be checked by another branch, in some shape or form.

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