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Watchwoman: This item first appeared on yesterday and I meant to send it to you then, but just ran out of time. In light of what the Dem. Gov. Bev Perdue from North Carolina said (you’ll  recall she said we should “suspend elections for 2 years” also posted on yesterday) I had to get it to you as soon as I recalled the item.  Hey, I’m gettin’ old.  Wha’da’spect?  Better late than never, aye?  BTW, this doesn’t come from a conservative web site.  The New Republic, who published Peter Orszag’s article that is calling for less democracy, is an extremely left-winged, liberal, commie web site!  Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay left!  ▬  Donna Calvin


Too Much of a Good Thing


Why we need less democracy.

  • Peter Orszag

In an 1814 letter to John Taylor, John Adams wrote that “there never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” That may read today like an overstatement, but it is certainly true that our democracy finds itself facing a deep challenge: During my recent stint in the Obama administration as director of the Office of Management and Budget, it was clear to me that the country’s political polarization was growing worse—harming Washington’s ability to do the basic, necessary work of governing. If you need confirmation of this, look no further than the recent debt-limit debacle, which clearly showed that we are becoming two nations governed by a single Congress—and that paralyzing gridlock is the result.

So what to do? 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.

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