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Would it be better to get rid of the Senate and House of Reps.?

Asked by: rphk123
  • Something needs to get done.

    With republicans holding down the senate and house and the democrats holding down the white house, nothing will ever be able to get done. For all we know, Obama could have had a plan and a strategy that he was going to use while president but has been unable to due to the lack of ability to cooperate with the republicans. One way or another, the senate and house are in the way of progress being made.

  • Yes. They are obsolete now. Since the inception of the Internet, "We the people" can represent ourselves voting on all issues via the Internet.

    If it is felt that Congress should be maintained, after a vote by all Americans, then by all means let it stand, but lessen the time allowed for congressmen to be allowed to stay in office. This would deter corruption and back room institution of laws needing to be addressed in this change in our government. Put this question on the ballot and let all Americans decide.

  • Replace the legislative branch with a popular vote.

    That will force proposed laws to be simplified and understandable. People will end up talking about things instead of ignoring them. Big money can't use lobbyists to buy us all off, and the whole system would be far more democratic than the current one. There would still be the Executive and Judicial branches as a balance just as they do now.

    It's 2015, we have the technology to do this, unlike when the country was founded. Let's get rid of representatives in Congress and the Senate and start paying attention to governing ourselves.

  • Yes, why keep it?

    I think the construction of the American government is a complete disaster. The American government is incredibly inefficient and unresponsive to the American people. I can think of no good reason to keep either the senate or the house, or the supreme court for that matter. This nation is a complete failure in governing.

  • Actually I'd say yes.

    But not to completely abolish congress and the senate. The idea of a congress is important in keeping a President in his place. It's not effciant, but that's the price we pay in keeping a democracy - at least in theory.

    THIS senate/congress is corrupted to it's core. The whole system needs to be scrapped and rebuilt, if you ask me. Money needs to be taken out of politics. It's like a rotting house and we keep patching the holes in the roof until it's just a roof of patches. It's time to tear it down and rebuild it.

  • System working as designed

    Congress is designed to be a check to the executive branch. Abolishing congress would give the executive branch complete power. No matter how much a person supports the current chief executive, this is a bad idea. I am assuming that supporters of this idea would want congress reestablished when the chief executive changes to a person that they do not support.

  • System working as designed

    Congress is designed to be a check to the executive branch. Abolishing congress would give the executive branch complete power. No matter how much a person supports the current chief executive, this is a bad idea. I am assuming that supporters of this idea would want congress reestablished when the chief executive changes to a person that they do not support.

  • What About Presidential Powers, Don't Forget Checks and Balances.

    No, that would totally mess up our checks and balances, without congress the president would have to much power and could do whatever they want. The Supreme Court is not designed to make laws just to regulate them. We would need to create some thing else to take Congresses place. Just because our current situation is total gridlock that does not mean this would solve problems now or in the future.

  • No, but a startover is needed

    At least one post on yes is not really yes because it's not really advocating GETTING RID OF the legislature, but just starting it over. I too think it should be started over. The House and Senate should each be at least halved in size, and in all the states too. No legislation could possibly do this though because no Rep or Senator wants to lose their job. Politics are about the money more than actual policy. Most incumbents never lose their seats unless they did something absolutely heinous. I think it should be set up as a volunteer, jury-duty type system. Random citizens are selected and called to serve in Congress, and they get paid leave (legislation would be required to enforce this) to be in Congress for 3 months. No unpaid Congressman would be willing to sit down and type up a 4,000 page Obamacare bill, it just wouldn't happen. You might get them to be willing to type up a 10 page bill, but that's max. With no opportunity for re-election -- literally, never -- and no government salary payment is required because employers pay the 3 month leave -- it makes politics a lot more about the politics rather than about getting re-elected and about keeping your job.

  • Not unless you want a monarchy again

    Without Congress standing in the way, it would be easy for the president to make immediate decisions that may not reflect the values of the majority. While some decisions may be right and others wrong, the whole purpose of Congress is to limit the power of the other two branches. Passing laws requires time for those involved to truly think about the situation, and do so from multiple points of view. To remove Congress would speed up the law-making process so much that there would be little debate about such laws, and they would all originate from the same person with the same viewpoints.

  • Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely

    Whether you look at the fall of the Roman republic, or the rise of the Third Reich, the transition from democracy to authoritarianism has historically began by dissolving the institutions of most disperse representation. Placing too much power in one person's hands inevitably leads to a government that asks the people to serve the government, rather than the other way around. If anything, it is the presidency that should be dissolved, not congress.

  • The houses that make up the legislative branch are necessary.

    The houses that make up our legislative branch are necessary to more fully represent the people and to prevent tyranny from an executive and his courts. If you do not believe the members of the senate or the members of the house of representatives are properly representing you, you should not vote for them. As a wise man once said, "choosing the less of two evils, is still choosing evil."


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