Rarely a day goes by wherein I don’t bemoan Congressional dysfunction, so the title of this oped by MD Rep John Delaney caught my eye: “The solution to fixing dysfunction in Congress.”
He touts three ideas: open primaries, redistricting reform (e.g., formulas for reducing gerrymandering), and making Election Day a federal holiday in hope of boosting turnout.
Nothing’s perfect, but those first two sound potentially helpful. Nothing wrong with #3, but much more is needed given recent attacks on voting rights.
Also, and again, less of a critique of a few-hundred word oped that can’t include everything, Delaney correctly argues that dysfunction partially a result of who we’re sending to Congress (and he has to try to work with them, so he’s got firsthand info on this part). But it’s also a result of the power of money once they get there. As I wrote the other day:
What’s really going on here is that our historically high wealth concentration is interacting with our historically low firewalls between money and politics…Those supporting the currently skewed distribution of wealth and power can buy not just the research results they want, but the policies.