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Solution #7 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 #7:



Make Congress Like Jury Duty—This is a pretty revolutionary concept. Let’s make serving in

the Congress like jury duty. If you meet certain qualifications (education, citizenship, etc.) and

if your number gets called up, you’re going to be the congressman or senator for the next two

years or six years, respectively. If this system is good enough to determine a person’s fate in

a court of law, why wouldn’t this work in running our country? Your number gets called, and

you’ll be expected to show up in Washington to serve your term. While in Washington, these

people can be housed and fed as part of the package, given a per diem and salary as previously

discussed, or a combination of this. I think it would bring more common sense to Washington

and make the Congress more like our Founding Fathers had envisioned. And, it does away with

endless campaigning that diverts time resources from the candidate and billions of dollars that

could be better spent elsewhere on campaigning. There are millions of American citizens and

taxpayers who have good ideas that could help our country. However, politicians are always

telling us why our ideas won’t work and why their ideas are the best. Does anyone else find this


insulting? It sounds like the members of the Congress are intellectual elitists—you know, the

kind of people who know better than you and who, therefore, should do the thinking for you.

America has massive problems ahead. Let’s get some new ideas and new people from all walks

of life working together to solve these challenges. I think we would be surprised at how much

more efficiently and effectively the Congress would be.

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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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