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What should America reform first?


Sam Roggeveen


6 January 2011 16:02

There's little to disagree with in Chas Licciardello's lament about the power of the US Senate's filibuster and 'hold' (in case you weren't aware, Licciardello, as well as being a comedian, is a US politics tragic — here's the Twitter feed he maintains to enable his addiction).

But if US Senate rules were actually to be reformed so that the Senate has less scope to thwart the president, this inescapably enhances the power of the presidency. Which is all very well if you happen to approve of the guy occupying the White House. But what if you don't' The examples Chas offers of Senate 'holds' all relate to obstructionism against Obama, but would Chas be just as eager for reform if Sarah Palin were president'

Seems to me the higher priority — though even less likely to be contemplated than Senate reform — is to actually reduce the power and scope (and cult) of the presidency, which is a problem no matter who is in office. And while they're at it, how about taking on the incredibly corrosive and corrupting revolving door between the upper echelons of American government and big business'

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