Perry Wants Part Time Congress

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    Hell...he'd forget which part and what time.
     
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    One of the better ideas any politician's ever come up with. The less they're all in session the less mischief they can get into on our behalf. Sounds like Rick would bring a little Texas to the cesspool that is D.C.
     
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    I'm going to ignore the partisan shot and point out to you that Switzerland has a direct democracy that works extremely well and their elected representatives are part time.

    Check this out. I love this part. Each member has to actually bone up on the new proposals. That sure beats the hell out of Pelosi's famous line "we have to pass the bill to know what's in it."

    Being member of parliament is not a full-time job in Switzerland (at least they are not paid accordingly ...).

    Formally, parliament meets four times a year for several weeks. In between, each member has to read proposals for new laws individually and to attend one-day conferences of commissions.


    Here is a brief explanation of how it works:

    Direct Democracy: Referendum and Initiative

    * Frequent referendums on new or changed laws, budgets etc,
    - some of them mandatory
    - others "facultative" (only if 50,000 citizens demand for it)
    * Ordinary citizens may propose changes to the constitution ("initiative"), if they can find a number of supporters (100,000 out of about 3,500,000 voters). Parliament will discuss it, probably propose an alternative and afterwards all citizens may decide in a referendum whether to accept the initiative, the alternate proposal or stay without change

    While the federal system can be found in many other countries like the U.S.A., Germany, Austria etc., and separation of powers (government, parliament, courts) are common to all democracies (or at least should be), referendums are rare in most other countries. In Switzerland's long tradtion of Direct Democracy, frequent referendums do have a stabilizing influence on parliament and government.

    * referendums will increase parties' willingness to compromise (otherwise a defeated party will call for a referendum)
    * referendums favour big coalitions (shared power motivates compromise, exclusion from power motivates obstructive referendums)
    * referendums increase stability (as extreme laws will be blocked by referendum, parties are less inclined to radical changes in lawmaking and voters are less inclined to call for fundamental changes in elections)
    * The two chambers of parliament meet several times annually to sessions of several weeks and between them to preparing meetings of numerous commissions. Being member of parliament is not a full time job in Switzerland, contrary to most other countries today. This means, that Swiss members of parliament are closer to everyday life of their electorate.


    Switzerland's Government and Politics

    It's an interesting concept.

    ETA: I thought it was important to highlight the last sentence.
     
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    He is a terrible Debater but he's spot on with this one. I've been saying this for years. We need a Congress that meets far less often. They're just over-reaching too much these days. Banning light bulbs and such. We now have more than enough Government in our lives. How many more laws do we really need? When they're away they can't do any damage. I definitely agree with Perry on this. The less Congress meets,the more free our nation will be. Kudos to Mr. Perry.
     
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    Good idea...need a part time potus too.
     
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    This is a good idea!!! I wish he was a better debater and was anti-illegal.
     
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    There was never supposed to career long politicians, or congressman. There's a reason why none of the founding fathers who were president sought a 3rd term as president.
     
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    It's a HORRIBLE idea. We pay these people six figure salaries in taxpayer money. I demand they work a full time schedule for such pay. Congress is hardly capable of getting anything done as it is. Cutting back their hours isn't going to make anything better. Do we have a budget yet?
     
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    It is great empty gesture, but Perry is a moron and needs to read the Constitution.
    A few of his proposals are unconstitutional, and would also mean changing the Constitution.
     
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    I personally like how he says we should cut their pay if they don't have a budget. Him and Cain really need to read the Constitution.
     

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