The Basic Problem with Congress

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    Imagine that the UN had the money and the technical capability to send, say, 10,000 people to a distant, human-friendly planet to set up an earth colony for whatever purpose they chose.

    So it stands to reason that once these people get to Planet X they might set up some form of a government in order to "ensure domestic tranquility" or whatever. First, acting logically, they would take a small group of smart people to establish a Charter or a Constitution, to basically define what the government and life would look like and how the government would operate. Obviously, they would want the government to interfere as little as possible in their everyday lives, but as much as necessary to keep the peace. Then, once the Charter was established, they would elect or appoint a "laws committee" to devise laws that would support the society that they hoped to establish.

    The laws committee would be quite busy at first, because a lot of things would have to be established and controlled. Over time, the need for new laws would diminish, and after some period of time - maybe ten years or so - the rules/laws committee would only have to meet rarely, because by the end of the first ten years they would have all the laws they needed.

    So to come back to present day reality, WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE A FULL-TIME "RULES COMMITTEE" ALMOST 240 YEARS AFTER THE FOUNDING OF THE USA?

    It is insane. (And the same goes for states like Pennsylvania that have full-time legislatures).

    Do we still NEED an organization whose primary function is the creation of new laws (and the messing around with existing laws)? Having such an organization only guarantees that more and more of our lives become subject to a giant amoeba-like monster that wants nothing as much as its own perpetuation, and that the members be members-for-life. Look at everything our Congress does to benefit and protect political contributors and "favored" constituencies?

    One of thousands of examples of the idiocy of Congress is the very existence of the Ethanol industry. It exists entirely because the taxpayers subsidize it, and its existence makes less and less sense every minute of our lives. And yet it has become a Sacred Cow because a small industry had become addicted to it.

    It is definitely time for a Constitutional convention. "The Congress shall meet for two weeks in odd-numbered years only, outdoors in Washington, D.C., in August, and at no other time. And their total compensation shall be limited to eighty (80) times the then-current Federal Minimum Wage."
     
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    Basic problem with Congress is Congresspeople. Without them things would be much smoother. :)
     
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    The basic problem with congress is that it's full of politicians.
     
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    It's a system that allows private money to influence and control governance.

    It's a system that allows politicians to leverage their position to stay in power indefinitely, using borrowed public money to buy votes.

    It's the system, not the liars & thugs who take advantage of it.

    Worse, it's an electorate that clearly doesn't care.

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    I agree that somewhat with the OP; however, part of congress' job is to be a check to the other two branches. It can not check and balance the other two branches if it is hardly ever in session.
     
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    a good many of congresses problems would be solved if districts boundaries were set by independent commissions.
     
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    INDEPENDENT commissions? Good luck with that.
     
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    Non-partisan. Like with civil servants. Even if both parties compromise they still favor incumbency. Incumbency isn't bad in itself, but when politicians pick their voters, incumbency stops being based upon merit.
     
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