Friedman Adds More Support to a No-Party System

Have we become a vetocracy where the goal of politicians is to block everything the other side wants? I believe, unbeknownst to him, that Tom Friedman has added another reason why we need a no-party system. You can check out his column posted in The New York Times today.

How about a system where candidates run as independents and political parties are reduced to the status of a super PAC? They can run ads supporting who they want; lobby candidates, politicians, and policymakers; and not find themselves under the control of any candidate or elected official.

The political football game creates gridlock and a government seen less and less as an instrument for solving our social policy problems.

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Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Friedman Adds More Support to a No-Party System

  1. Kenneth J. Ciszewski says:

    It’s not a “no-party” system that we need. We’ve had the two party system for a long time, and until recently, it worked reasonably well. The recent “either I get my way or I’m taking my toys and going home” mentality is the problem. Poltitics is the art of the possible, and requires cooperation and compromise. Our legislators need to be become adults, not petulant children, and work for the common good.

    The problem is partially that there is a great division of opinion about what is the “common good”. There is the very strong perception that there are those who want to take all the money and leave most of us with nothing–they simply don’t want to share with anybody. Obviously, they never learned to share in kindergarten. They don’t care about the common good, unlike the Founders of this country.

    So once again, business, and those with lots of money who want things their way and only their way, hire hoards of lobbyists to influence those in Congress. Congress, unfortunately, takes the money (mostly indirectly, since that’s the only way it’s legal) and is then beholden to these special interests.

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