Is the solution elections?

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Registered: 07-30-2004
Is the solution elections?
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Sat, 10-19-2013 - 2:47pm

      I like democracy – I like elections.  The other day I heard Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel, describe how he feels his nation ensures that a budget is passed.  He said if a budget is not passed on time in Israel the existing budget is continued for at most six months.  If at the end of the six months there still is no budget then new elections are held.

      Could this be a way that the United States could avoid shutting down the government?   Would it be helpful if an impasse over the budget or a continuing resolution or raising the debt ceiling would trigger off new elections for the President, all Senators and all members of the house?  A parliamentary system would not be needed for such a plan.

      Tom,

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Wed, 10-23-2013 - 12:18am

Unfortunately, there are few issues that can compel action by Congress or the President... budgets and the debt ceiling are at the top of the list.  As far as the Republicans are concerned, a majority of the people do support their ideas.  Again, unfortunately, the vast majority of people are "low information" and get that low information from a liberally biased media...

Networks Blamed Shutdown On GOP In 41 Stories --- 0 for Dems

By PAUL BEDARD

Republicans never expected to get a fair shake in the Big Three networks' coverage of the 16-day government shutdown, but the final tally of stories blaming the GOP is stunning: 41 stories blamed Republicans and zero blamed Democrats.

Nightly, 20 million Americans heard “a version of the shutdown story that could easily have emanated from Barack Obama's own White House,” said the new report from the Media Research Center.

The report, provided to Secrets, found that a total of 41 stories blamed Republicans for the shutdown. None blamed the Democrats. Another 17 blamed both sides.

http://nation.foxnews.com/2013/10/17/networks-blamed-shutdown-gop-41-stories-0-dems

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Registered: 07-30-2004
Mon, 10-21-2013 - 11:41am

Deen, thank you for commenting.  I agree it is legitimate to use a shutdown or the debt ceiling as a wedge, but I am not sure if it is a good idea.  In this case the trigering of election could have helped the Republicans, if a majority of people supported their ideas or it could have helped the Democratics if a majority of people supportered their idea.  In my mind the benefit is that the people would have had some say in what was happening.

Tom,

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Sun, 10-20-2013 - 2:19am

I thought the Republicans took the wrong tack with the government shutdown, but I think it's entirely legitimate to use a shutdown or the debt ceiling as a wedge to get political concessions, especially financial ones.