We have let government get so big, we don't know what all they have been doing.
Although it bothers me quite a bit to admit it, and I certainly would never have when younger, the South was probably right RE: the powers of the state vs Federal government.
I mean, really. Even IF the representatives from, say, Texas, Loisiana, and New Mexico had the best interest of Texans, Loisianans, and New Mexicans in mind when passing laws (instead of, say, their own personal agenda), what good does that do for Alaska?
The problem is that the country is too big for a small group of people sitting on the east coast to make laws that will fairly manage all of it. The agricultural states have VERY different concerns and needs than the industrial states, to show one very obvious conflict.
Short of scrapping the whole thing and starting over, I don't have a fix.
Heh - ain't that the truth. It'll never happen, though. And, since fixing the current system seems to be the only valid option...
Eleminating the IRS and going to a fairer tax would be a start.
Throw in deleting political parties, too. And political advertising of any kind.
When someone goes to vote, they should be made aware of ALL candidates positional on a fairly length list of issues (each candidate can make a booklet that will be freely distributed in which they cannot mention by name or implication any person but themselves). Voters should select from a list of candidates based on that and that alone.
Hell, delete the candidates name from the list, too. You have a booklet from candidates 'A', 'B', 'C', etc. and a voting sheet with the same options.
That, I think, would do wonders for the current system.
(Well, while we are at it, we DO have massive, nationwide networks now with real-time access to data - why not throw the representative system out entirely and have a true democracy instead of a republic?...crap...changing the whole system again....nevermind...)
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