September 27, 2011
Another Voice From the Peanut Gallery
And here's Peter Orszag, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget under Barack H. Obama, writing in the New Republic (clipped from the free excerpt):
To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.
Yuck yuck, just joking; jooooooking!
My word; those witty, witty Democrats.
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, September 27, 2011, at the time of 6:13 PM
The following hissed in response by: LarryD
Orszag needs to be reminded that the function of democratic institutions is to allow the public to change their government without having to resort to bloody revolution.
The following hissed in response by: GW
It seems to me that the tendency towards legislative inertia and limited changes to our direction is one of the redeeming features of our form of government. As Churchill said, "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
Actually, the two great systemic weaknesses of our nation are founded in a failure of the democratic processes as envisioned by the drafters of our Constitution. The first of those is the fact that our Courts have taken it upon themselves to amend our Constitution when they deem it desirable. It in contravention of the only two democratic means by which such amendments are allowed as set forth in the Constitution.
The second is that Art. I explicitly states that all legislative authority lies with Congress. Today, the most important legislative bodies are bureaucrats turning out reams of regulation, all with the power of law, including regulations at odds with the wishes of Congress. It might not be unconstitutional, but it is certainly extra-constitutional. And the fact that these bureaucrats are not directly subject to the ballot box is problematic in the extreme.
What our nation needs more than ever is more democracy - a return to the systems and processes as invisioned by our Founders. The call for less democracy by the left is merely a vocalization of their natural impulses towards facism.
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