Inexperience = gridlock | The Columbu...

Inexperience = gridlock | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 6 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Dec 26, 2010, titled Inexperience = gridlock | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The 128th General Assembly set a modern record for inactivity. The first politically divided legislature in 14 years held fewer sessions and passed fewer bills over the past two years than those that preceded it - much fewer.

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Former SWCS Resident

Virginia Beach, VA

#1 Dec 26, 2010
In school we are taught the "balance of power" is a good thing and the foundation of our government. Evidently, we need to change our government textbooks. Now the goal is total control by one party over all aspects of government. And if this does not happen, you get inactivity and a potential 10 billion dollar deficit.

Since: Nov 10

Norwich, OH

#2 Dec 26, 2010
Who says we need more lawmaking? The balance of power is a bad thing?

The only bad thing about our system of government is that it requires the citizens to be informed and engaged. It's in the absence of that when bad things happen - at all levels of government.

Maybe the country would be better off if the members of Congress spent more time in their home districts and less time in Washington trying to figure out how to spend our money in order to keep their jobs.

The only things we seem to want to hold our elected officials accountable for is to send keep sending the pork our way while billing someone else (eg our kids).
Tom-R2

Circleville, OH

#3 Dec 26, 2010
Incoming governor wants to link pay with performance - here is a good place to start. Perhaps we should go back to having a part-time legislature. Make these folks work a real job in the community for their primary income and pay them when they decide to show up.
Henry

Cleveland, OH

#4 Dec 27, 2010
This is good- the less they "work", the less mischief they can cause. The "people's business" should really take about a very small amount of time to get done: try lowering taxes on individuals and businesses, and get out of the way so a free citizenry can improve their lives.
Parasite Government

Columbus, OH

#5 Dec 27, 2010
Looks like they passed about 95 more bills than needed.

The longer they are in session, the more Nanny state bills they pass, the more money they spend, and the more taxes they raise.

They should only meet 90 days every two years - let them work a real job the rest of the time.
JFenno

Massillon, OH

#6 Dec 27, 2010
And the way to get our citizenry involved is for the legislators to let us in. They tout their belief in what they call their "sunshine laws". But they just won't let the sun shine on their proceedings. Why not offer full internet access in the form of full audio/video/text access to their proceedings and committee meetings/hearings.

I also concur with the comment about less is best. Why should we gauge the success/failure of any legislature based upon how much legislation or how many laws they pass? More government is not what is needed. Imagine a legislature that works in their district for a living and is only paid a small stipend plus expenses to represent us on a part-time basis in Columbus. That would also help solve the lobbyist issues and limit their access to the same if they had a real job to perform.

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