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Throw the Rascals Out?: Part II

Grant75 Wrote: Oct 30, 2013 12:13 PM
Great idea, Dr. Sowell. Now, how do we get Congress to pass the law? Please tell us in Part III.
Jeff2422 Wrote: Oct 30, 2013 12:46 PM
Basically, the only answer is for "we the people" to wake-up and understand the problem and start at least a third party that is completely independent from the two major parties. It is highly doubtful that a third party would be successful. He could only point to Ross Perot who actually was ahead in the polls for a while in 1992. He garnered 20 million votes based on ideas of going to DC to fix problems, like the debt, not just blow hot air and collect influence. This scared the Dems enough to pass a myriad of legislation as fast as they could in 93 and 94 that ticked-off even grandma leading a whole new set of Congressmen, mainly Republicans, but some southern Dems, to be elected. Those folks fought with Clinton until there was a Welfare Reform Bill passed and signed, along with the Graham-Rudman Bill that limited government spending. The budget, even by DC standards, actually was balanced and most of the new folks went back home to their old jobs. Unfortunately, there replacements, along Bush, let Graham-Rudman lapsed and by 2008 the budget deficit was approaching $600 billion. The old games were back, and then some, leading to Obama who lied pretty much about everything he said. But, Bush had ticked-off so many people, no matter their political persuasion, that Obama snuck in on a wave of "I am not Bush or in his party." From there the government has been used to make enough people dependent as to lock-in at least the White House for the Dems. At this point, only bankruptcy/default will force the people to wake up and get back to basics. Though I am not sure that will do it either.
Grant75 Wrote: Oct 30, 2013 12:59 PM
If we have the numbers for a third party, perhaps we have the numbers for a Constitutional Convention among States. Pass Term Limits law - among other things - by Constitutional amendment. I’m afraid a Third Party will just create a three-way mess unless we change the Constitution.
Jeff2422 Wrote: Oct 30, 2013 2:20 PM
With the current two major parties, and I have been involved with both, term limits won't mean much since they will just have a team of candidates that they rotate in and each scratches the other's back. We have term limits in my state, and this is how the parties handle it.