So, we debate different topics here all the time, but I think its fair to say that we have a larger problem that superseeds all of the different problems we discuss no matter what side of the debate you come down on. That of the polarization of government to actually be able to get anything done due to partisanship.
Lets use as two examples of this, One from the right, and one from the left. That of 'life begins at conception' and 'Global warming is entirely mans fault'.
We are NOT going to discuss the truth or falsehood of these statements. These are just examples of two major issues that help to put someone completely on one side of the political street or the other. They are also issues that lets be frank...chances are the politicians never want completely solved because choosing a side basically gets you x % of the voting block and they would rather have a solid block by picking a side based on the voting area and turn the choice into a numbers game in the voting district then really care about the issue.
They may make some small progress by inches just to get a boost but saying your for or against one of these topics will generally get you so much of the vote despite actually doing anything against it or not.
We also have the problem that these topics can throw a monkey wrench into literally any bill to stop it. A bill that will balance the budget? well of this 3,000 page bill there is one line giving money to planned parenthood or global warming hype....so obviously we need to get everyone against the whole idea.
One question about the recent debt committee failure. It was their job to find so much money to cut from the budget. Now why exactly is it that it was an all or nothing proposition? Are you saying that it was completely impossible for them to come back and say 'we agreed to cut 50% of what we needed to" its still a failure of its purpose but damn, why not get at least that much done?
The simple truth is that the system has become too partisan to get anything done, and short of the times that one side or the other gets control of both house, senate and presidency, thats not going to change. So what changes would help fix this problem?
Personally I think we need a further control over the three branches of government. Voting power to seperate the topics that will never be solved vs the problems that need to be fixed.
My own suggestion would be to create a second senate and house. Via a national vote, we would choose topics that would be forbidden to be touched in the primary senate/house. Basically a Social law (secondary) vs financial and economic house and senate (Primary). If 50.1% of the people vote to shove abortion and global warming into the social houses, then NO legislation in the primary house/senate can budget money or make law that has anything to do with it. It must come from the secondary house and senate. Those laws still go through a house and senate bill then to the president, and sure there is still much to argue about in both sets of house/senate but it cuts down on the bullshit, or at least seperates it from the practical needs of the nation.
This second house/senate may never accomplish anything with its own topics. But frankly thats happening now, its just affecting everything else around it while its accomplishing nothing for itself.
Personally I think the growth of government via this suggestion would typically be something i would be against. more politicians are not my idea of a solution. However if it gets the batshit crazy 'holy rollers' and 'eco-saviors' and 'gay-haters' and 'gay-marriage' advocates away from the stuff that needs to be done first, it would be worth it.