I’ve often conjectured on my radio program that the worst governing democracy is one without conflict, where the deck is stacked and the whole boat is listing to one side.
As the electoral process has been captured by special interests on both sides, the party able to convince the large moderate center that they are most reasonable and rational wins.
Yet, this is often by default.
And when they begin to govern, they revert to accommodating all of the ‘my needs’ groups which have proliferated in America.
There seems to be no public good, just special good and what my seem as privileges are now elevated at every turn to constitutional rights or entitlements.
It makes the process less able to react in extraordinary times like this because much of the decision-making is out of the hands of legislators because they’ve willed it to ‘higher authorities’.
Worse yet, since with will much of that authority could be regained by statute changes, are the ‘hit and run’ politicians at every level.
In our state of Connecticut, a Governor who has long since resigned and was imprisoned, still holds us captive to a 20 year agreement he made to mollify the state’s employee unions.
Presidents pass legislation with immediate price tags that are accounted for and anticipated rates of growth which will cover those costs in out years–out as in when they are long out of office and we’re still footing the bill.
And a tax code replete with special favors and get out of jail free passes is made more complicated each year to serve special needs, not the public good.
On a recent program I parodied to the tune of Bob Dylan’s classic, ‘The Times They Are a Changing”, the following:
Congress cries out about executive pay
Government’s twelve trillion in the hole, yet they want their say
Who among us with that record would keep our jobs
Yet they dine on pheasant under glass and send the bill to us slobs’
Oh, the times they are a changin’
Or are they?
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