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AP Gov- congressional system and wilsons view

AP Gov- congressional system and wilsons view - Wilson’s...

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Tom Meade 1 AP Government Mr. Harvey 9 January 2011 Question I: Does the system work as intended? The answer is no, the congressional system does not work as well as the founders of America would have liked it to. Although there have been a few exceptions to this belief, the congressional process is generally far too complex and complicated. Congress is constantly trying to please a vast amount of people who often times have conflicting interests. These conflicting interests make policy making extremely difficult because pleasing everyone is much easier said than done. Along with these conflicting interests is Congress’s inability to be decisive when it comes to controversial and difficult decisions. With an eye on the next elections, many Congressmen try to avoid the controversial issues, even though they may be crucial to the health of the country. Question II: What is Wilson’s general perception of Congress, given his “outsider” status despite his writings on the subject?
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Unformatted text preview: Wilson’s general perception of Congress is that it is far too complex which directly results in inefficiency. The lack of clear and distinct leadership in both the Senate and the House of Representatives serves as a downfall for Congress as a whole. Also, Wilson notes that the Congress is much too complicated for the common man to understand, which is unhelpful to a government meant for the people. Furthermore, rules upon rules in Congress impede most bills from going any further than an introduction. 2 Wilson also points out that the parliamentary government used in England would be far more efficient than the complex Congress of America. The endless number of specific committees is also a hindrance in the eyes of Wilson because often times bills get sent to only one committee, even though the result will impact a number of committees. Lastly, the overall decentralization and fragmentation of the whole legislative process proves to be negatives as well....
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