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Now this is interesting: "Can we fix a hyper-partisan Congress?"

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From an article by Mickey Edwards

"We've created a system that rewards incivility and punishes cooperation. Is it any wonder that our government is a mess? Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison all warned us not to create political parties. We should have listened."

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/16/opinion/edwards-congress-partisans/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

othershoe1030

othershoe1030
I think she's exactly right. Congressional districts are drawn by the party in power in each state and as we just saw here in Florida, even when the voters tell them the districts must be compact they try their best to draw them any which-a-way to maintain their power. That's why Florida is controlled by the R's when there are more registered Democrats in the state than there are Republicans!
Now this is interesting: "Can we fix a hyper-partisan Congress?" Voterr10

http://election.dos.state.fl.us/nvra/affiliation.asp

I've heard complaints from those in congress that they used to socialize with members from the other party, go out to dinner and play golf etc. Now they blame fund raising as such a pressing need that they are forced to go back to their home districts for that.

Eating in different break rooms and such sounds more like middle school than what Congress should be like.

How do we fix it? Somehow the two parties need to break down the barriers to casual communications. Maybe they could form sports teams with mixed members, meaning a mix of D's and R's? A movie club for the more sedentary? A book club? A garden club?

Markle

Markle
othershoe1030 wrote:I think she's exactly right. Congressional districts are drawn by the party in power in each state and as we just saw here in Florida, even when the voters tell them the districts must be compact they try their best to draw them any which-a-way to maintain their power. That's why Florida is controlled by the R's when there are more registered Democrats in the state than there are Republicans!
Now this is interesting: "Can we fix a hyper-partisan Congress?" Voterr10

http://election.dos.state.fl.us/nvra/affiliation.asp

I've heard complaints from those in congress that they used to socialize with members from the other party, go out to dinner and play golf etc. Now they blame fund raising as such a pressing need that they are forced to go back to their home districts for that.

Eating in different break rooms and such sounds more like middle school than what Congress should be like.

How do we fix it? Somehow the two parties need to break down the barriers to casual communications. Maybe they could form sports teams with mixed members, meaning a mix of D's and R's? A movie club for the more sedentary? A book club? A garden club?

Amusing isn't it?

When the Democrats were in CONTROL, none of them wanted any cooperation. Republicans were told to shut up and go sit in the back of the bus.

Now that Democrats are LOSING power. Suddenly THEY HAVE FOUND COOPERATION! Let's all sit down and sing Kumbaya! Maybe get little tom toms too!

othershoe1030

othershoe1030
Amusing isn't it to hear the Republicons complain about campaign ads that aren't nice. Oh pity the poor billionaire! After years of Willie Horton, Swift-boaters, birther nonsense, commie nonsense, socialist nonsense, Kenyan nonsense now THEY think they have a complaint? Oh PAALEESE!

Markle

Markle
othershoe1030 wrote:Amusing isn't it to hear the Republicons complain about campaign ads that aren't nice. Oh pity the poor billionaire! After years of Willie Horton, Swift-boaters, birther nonsense, commie nonsense, socialist nonsense, Kenyan nonsense now THEY think they have a complaint? Oh PAALEESE!

I'm sorry, I thought the topic was about Congress. Is that all you have...AGAIN?

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