JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: COMPROMISE IN CONGRESS – NATURE OF AMERICAN POLITICS – INDIVIDUAL VERSUS COMMUNITY INTERESTS – SPECIAL INTERESTS ARE SERVED BY THE MESS   Leave a comment

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN BY JEFFREY SIMPSON IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

“A Congress without compromise serves no one”

Yes, indeed.

But Mr. Simpson is spitting against the wind.

Extreme and divisive attitudes absolutely characterize United States’ politics, the same kind of politics Harper works diligently towards establishing in Canada.

But the principle in Mr. Simpson’s quote is only in part true.

The Congress can serve no genuine purpose for the community at large, but it perfectly serves special interests.

The battle between the individual (or regional) interest and the community (or national) interest is an old one for any legislative body, but once you allow the special-interest payment for government though campaign contributions – which is exactly what the U.S. has and what Harper works towards – then the community interest will virtually always loose.

It is almost an unwritten rule of representative government.
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“The political stalemate in the U.S. should give pause to those who clamour for an elected upper chamber in Canada.”

A good point.

And with Harper working towards special-interest financing of elections, the situation would only be more pathetic.
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“The problem in the USA is and always has been that it is not a multi-party democracy, but a two-party power sharing agreement that gives special interest groups enormous power to sway political decisions by promising to deliver blocks of voters over single issues. It does not matter who is in power.”

Also a good point.

It is a duopoly in politics, and everything true of duopolies in economics is true in politics.

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