Political Gridlock Problems

By Robbie Brussell (Contributor) [?]

Published: January 19, 2009 and Updated: January 20, 2009
Reprinted From The Windward Bridge

One of the many sacrifices that come with democracy is that nothing seems to get done. The Democrats usually take one side, the Republicans take the other, and, as a result, we have gridlock. But why is all the blame put on politicians for not getting anything done? Why are we blaming the politicians when we are the ones that put them in office? If we truly wanted to get something done, why donít we just elect one party into congress? The problem seems to me that we want bills to go through congress, but we donít want to sacrifice democracy. Most Americans feel there must be a balance between too much power and too little power. So, is the problem the politicians or is it the system?

In bad economic times, people often blame the politicians. But is it really the politicianís fault? Or is it our fault since we are not willing to sacrifice democracy in order to get more things done? People who usually know about a politicianís records and policy stances are people covering them in the media, enforcing them, or fighting for them in law. But for the most part, average people do not truly know whom their representative or senator is and what these people are doing in Washington. Average voters often get their information from a biased source that usually leans Republican or Democrat. But the true blame for the current bad economic times is not politicians. It is the citizens who have gotten themselves into this mess. So when you hear politicians saying, ďitís Washingtonís fault,Ē they are just telling the voters what they want to hear so in the next election they can be sure to be voted back in.

We the people should create some sort of system allowing compromised bills between both parties with out just ending up in gridlock. If we truly wanted stuff to get done we should attempt to put our trust into one party. For example, if we elected an overwhelming Democratic majority into the senate, many things would be accomplished. For example, the 74th congress was an overwhelmingly democratic congress with 322 Democratic members of the house and 103 Republican members. It also had 69 Democratic members in the senate and 25 Republican. This congress passed sixteen major bills including the Social Security Act, The National Labor Relations Act, which allowed private sector workers to organize unions, The Rural Electrification act, which provided funding to get electricity to rural areas, and the Flood Control Act, which authorized the building of many dams and levees covering 100 million acres of land. Although people may have their reservations about giving a lot of power to one political party, this could be the only way to get bills past.

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