It is a truth universally acknowledged that congress consists of idiots. I mean, seriously-- banning kid's books from before 1985? Demanding that all military ground vehicles should be unmanned by 2015? Stimulating the NATIONAL economy by building more office buildings... in DC??!?!?!?!
But the way things are currently set up, we're not going to get intelligent people in political offices. Who wants to uproot their family, and move to DC (very expensive) for a job that might only last 2 years, or 6 if you're a senator? Especially when you have to SPEND money to GET the job in the first place???
So here's my idea-- why does the central govt. need to be so central? I mean sure, in the days when mail could take a month to cross the country it made sense to put all the legislators in DC. But now? With the internet? They could do all their wheeling and dealing from home, and meet maybe 2 or 3 times a year to vote.
"Ah," my husband says. "But making these deals by internet wouldn't be secure. Hackers could make all their internal correspondence public!"
And I say, "GREAT!" Why not make the earmark/amendment process COMPLETELY transparent? Let the people know when their senator is trading campaign contributions for votes and pork! Let everyone see what scumbags politicians really are!
And, if the process was open and you could legislate from home, maybe we'd get higher quality legislators!
Because really, these days, the only people who run for office are those who are good at running for office--not at running things. And I'd rather have a funny-looking Senator with good ideas but poor public speaking skills than a photogenic, made-for-tv idiot.