Induveca wrote:Jim, interesting would be a better approach for all...bringing in essentially a *foreign* mediator/expert to present all factual information in a more informal setting. Almost like a classroom environment.
It makes sense in that representatives are not subject matter experts, they must educate themselves on topics and take a position for each vote.
Seems like, today, most simply go with their gut or take the lead from the most vocal opponent/champion of the cause in their party (due to lobbying, past grudges etc). Lazy/sloppy approach.
This year will be frightening to watch, with the executive orders on guy control (which I agree with 150%) and the debt issue, a political battle the likes we have never seen in our lifetime is brewing.
The only way out of this is for both sides to get out of their party trenches and actually educate themselves on the topic. Maybe even broadcast the "classrooms" to the American people. It's a format everyone in America understands and could truly participate in.....
I think you're right that they (pols) either go with their gut, in many cases deeply
held ignorance, or they act in response to money, either to receive the most
or to insure that they do not become the target of big bucks in a negative way.
Not that different from the people they represent in a certain sense.
People often 'vote their pocketbooks' or emotionally in response to what
they 'know' however inaccurate that may be.