Sunday, July 01, 2007

On the design of the US Congress

Naked Capitalist objects to stall tactics in the Congress here.

Actually, what is taking place here is precisely what the framers of the Constitution intended. Since neither party has a majority large enough to over-ride objections by the other; no bills are passed by the Congress. Real action by the US Congress requires that one party or another has enough representatives to override minority party objections; this is only possible when a majority of the voters through out the country agree on a party's platform.

The Constitution was designed to ensure that the USA is governed by majority rule. Given election returns from recent years, it is fair to say that US voters as an aggregate are split fairly close to 50-50. No majority = no change...

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