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Solution #6 to the Dysfunctional Political System in America

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Robert “Digger” Cartwright is the author of several mystery stories, teleplays, and novels including The Versa...
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on Tuesday, 27 March 2012 in Politics

We all know that the current atmosphere in Washington, D.C. can be described as dysfunctional.  I’ve been giving a lot of thought to ways that our dysfunctional political system could be fixed.  Here’s what I’ve come up with.

8 Solutions to the Dysfunctional Political System in America


Today, I'll expand on solution #6:



Eliminate Riders and Amendments to Bills—Why should any bill put forth in the Congress get

amended to include legislation not in any way related to the original bill? Shouldn’t each and

every single bill get voted on by itself without riders or amendments? Shouldn’t the merits of

the bill itself be the chief factor in determining whether it passes and not because there was

some rider that got some votes to ensure passage? I think the majority of American people

would find this abjectly wrong. That’s why we have bills that are thousands of pages long and

that never get read by members of the Congress. It should be fairly simple—the proposed

legislation should fit on less than two pieces of legal paper. The Bill of Rights didn’t need much

more space than that. Do we really need these complex documents that no one seems to read

or understand? Absolutely not! Riders are simply another way that members of the Congress

slip in pet projects for their district or state that may not stand the muster of a vote by itself.

This needs to change. Obviously, the members of the Congress are too lazy or too busy or too

stupid to read the entire bill. But then again, would you want to read a thousand pages of

lawyer language? Simplification is the key. If the everyday man or woman can’t understand

what’s going on, why should we entrust members of the Congress who have admitted to not

reading the bills to know any better? Let’s try this: Put each bill on two pages. Post the bill

online for public review for at least thirty days prior to a vote. Let the people review it and if

they have questions or concerns or objections their voices can be heard online or via telephone

calls to their elected officials.

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Robert “Digger” Cartwright is the author of several mystery stories, teleplays, and novels including The Versailles Conspiracy, a modern day political thriller, and Murder at the Ocean Forest, a traditional mystery novel set in the 1940s. Mr. Cartwright is also a noted industrialist, investor, and director of several private companies. In the business realm, he has contributed to a number of articles on a wide range of financial, strategic planning, and policy topics and is the contributing author of several finance/economic books. He frequently contributes articles, commentaries, and editorials for the private think tank, Thinking Outside the Boxe. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., South Carolina, and Florida.


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