Someone sent me a link to Lena Chen's blog, claiming that she had a photo I'd actually find interesting for this blog. I never thought in a million years Lena Chen's blogging and mine would have anything in common.
For those who don't link to other sites, according to a USA Today poll:
Responses to "Do you favor or oppose the federal government temporarily taking over major US banks in danger of failing in an attempt to stabilize them?": 54% favor, 44% oppose, 3% no opinion.
Responses to "Do you favor or oppose the federal government temporarily nationalizing major US banks in danger of failing in an attempt to stabilize them?": 37% favor, 57% oppose, 6% no opinion.
This image raises the notion that perhaps improving our educational system will improve the functioning of Congress. In my opinion, the rise of the media age has increased the extent to which our Congresspeople pander to the whims of public opinion. They are, in a sense, prioritizing getting re-elected over making a substantial difference.
This supports two ideas:
1) a more educated populace would mean politicians pandering to a more educated public. It would pay more dividends than just a more productive public.
2) Being a senator or representative should be an unpaid, part-time job. Otherwise, there's too much incentive for congresspeople to prioritize re-election (they lose their job if they don't win!)
I understand that there's still the power kick, and that's not going to go away easily. My next post will be an alternate system that may hold politicians more accountable.