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Stay-at-home legislators? The saviors of democracy?

Ralph Benko proposes in an op-ed that our federal legislators amend the rules so that they can cast votes from their local offices. That would get ’em out of Washington, that den of iniquity.

There’s undoubtedly some good that comes from allowing our Senators and Reps to hang out together. But there’s certainly some bad that comes from it, including making it easier to lobby them, and keeping them isolated from their constituents. And, as Ralph points out, if reps could vote from their local office, they’d very likely start making the voting a public act, with supporters cheering and at least having a sense that they’re being represented.

Good? Bad? Certainly interesting.

3 Responses to “Stay-at-home legislators? The saviors of democracy?”

  1. Hi, thank you very much.

  2. Supposedly, one of the causes of the current legislative polarization in the US is the fact that modern jet liners allow congress to more easily spend time in their home districts. Previously, they were confined to Washington most of the year, where they got to know one another socially, and that translated into a greater willingness to compromise.

    Of course, today’s level of polarization is most frequently compared to that at the end of the 1800’s, when congresspeople found it even harder to leave town.

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