Eric Cantor, the House Republican leader, said he would shut off major legislation which further on could potentially affect our economic recovery an entire congressional session. Another example of a Republican who isn’t exactly fit for the political job is Newt Gingrich. Newt Gingrich saw the House as a rotten and corrupt institution largely because it was run by democrats. When Gingrich won control over the House, it only resulted in wasted money and stationary committee nameplates. He also decimated the traditional committee system, and reduced the power of the committee chairman.
Election Problems Even though my experience may be limited in politics, I still understand how grave of a situation it is having everything controlled by the republicans, because with total domination of one party the democratic system is weighed heavily to one side. Even some republicans agree that dominance over every branch is a problem. It is false hope for the President and his colleagues to think that just because they won the election that every person who voted for them is supporting their conservative ways and plans. This distorted image could possibly have been humbled if the electoral system was different. In many states Bush only won by 2% but all of the electoral votes went to him, despite the fact that 50% of voters chose a different candidate.
There is a problem with Congress. The previous sentence summarizes the collective sentiment of the general public concerning the legislative branch of the federal government. A 2010 Gallop poll revealed that over eighty-nine percent of Americans have no confidence in Congress (Lessig 2). It is theorized that Congress is so far out of favor because it has been unable to resolve the nation’s most important issues, such as Medicare, Medicaid, immigration reform, and the growing budget deficit, due to seemingly trivial reasons. Some theorize this lack of significant legislative action is due to growing partisanship between the system’s dominate political parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
From the tim... ... middle of paper ... ...ess Americans act now and push for lobbying reform, the American pubic will continue to suffer from the lack of a useful and compassionate government that cares about fixing America’s problems. Aside from partisanship in government, lobbying is the biggest problem in American politics today, and it is quite unfortunate how the majority of people do not know what lobbying is or what it is doing to the government. The American public does not deny that the government needs fixing, but because they do not know about lobbying or its effects, they can only stand and watch as their government of the people, by the people, for the people, crumbles to the ground. Lobbying is detrimental to America’s political climate since it places the interests of politicians and companies over all other concerns. America is truly paralyzed, and this corrupt lobbying is to blame.
The fact that the suffix "-gate" became shorthand for any scandal involving deception at high levels of power is one of many signs that Watergate greatly impacted America. Ronald Reagan's Iran-gate, Bill Clinton's Monica-gate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's bridge-gate are just a few examples. As a result of the Watergate scandal, the Republican party as a whole was severely damaged; the American people lost all trust for Republicans. Therefore, the Democrats were able to gain many more seats in the House and the Senate. Watergate truly fostered a skeptical attitude towards politicians and the presidency.
In this essay I will explore whether or not members of congress are still doing their job or just trying to keep their good reputation with their constituents for re-election time. The question of whether or not members of congress are doing their job effectively has been a great topic of controversy. Being a member of congress has turned into a long term struggle of constantly working towards reelection and trying to balance keeping their districts happy and still being a part of major legislature. Is there a way for members of congress to keep their district happy and still manage the bigger issues they are expected to deal with? Most Americans will complain that they are not happy and that their representatives are not doing their job in
Biased Elections in the House of Representatives Elections for the United States Congress have become increasingly biased in favor of the incumbents. The problem is especially prevalent in the House of Representatives, which is designed to be the legislature closest to the people, and therefore most reflective of the people’s views. However, unlike elections for governors or presidents, the congressional races are generally not competitive races. While an incumbent president does have some advantages over a challenger, they are not guaranteed the win. In fact, two of the last four presidents lost their bid for re-election, Jimmy Carter in 1980 and George Bush in 1992.
Many people felt unsure with him as president and, therefore, felt unsafe about how he ran the economy. This caused many people to pull out of the stock market, which caused businesses to fail. Michael Moore's introduction to Stupid White Men may not be completely factual, but he certainly has a point. Twenty first century America is going downhill and people are just sitting around watching it fall. Bush did not receive the majority vote in the 2000 election, but he did not cause all that is wrong in America.
As highly unpopular as they are, would you not think every reelection year constituents would vote for a new representative who supposedly would serve their interests more effectively? However, even though the current members of Congress do a horrible job of meeting the demands of their constituents, due to the public’s complacency with their respective legislators and the superfluous amount of money raised by incumbents in office to hold their position, the chances of a challenger defeating an incumbent are highly unlikely. The saying “hate Congress, love my Congressman” accurately depicts the way voters feel about the incumbent they voted to office, but the dissatisfaction towards Congress, in general. Congressman, in their respective areas, spend most of their time actively reaching out towards the community, with events such as block-walking, speaking with voters one-on-one, hosting special events, etc., with their sole purpose being to try to improve their name. All this active community outreach and friendliness towards voters leaves them in a good position to receive their votes once again.
Parties are also said to be losing their role as fundraisers. Presidential candidates are ... ... middle of paper ... ...dership in Congress is unable to offer any significant promotion because the executive and legislative branches are not fused, and so, legislators are under less pressure to toe the party line, and thus more receptive to outside influence. Although the general trend has seen the traditional roles of the parties farmed out to other organisations, to say that parties do not mater anymore would a vast oversimplification. Parties do still matter in American politics, and many would argue that the extent to which they matter has somewhat increased over the past twenty years. What is perhaps a more accurate conclusion is that parties, because of regionalism, federalism and the separation of powers, always have, and probably always will be somewhat insignificant, particularly in comparison with their UK counterparts.