A-member former Nebraskan, Cosmic Bob Kerrey?
He finagled a bridge over to an Iowa field from you, and now is an administrator at a college in Greenwich Village, NY. Used to date Debra Winger when he lived in Lincoln. Owned that Grandmother’s on 90th and Dodge.
Ring a bell?
Anywho, Bob is now all about cleaning up and “fixing” Congress. You got that? Fixing it.
And before we give you his top four proposals he proposed in an article for fixing said Congress, we would just like to point out the following:
Bob is a full adult, is completely (as far as we know) in possession of all his faculties, and was, we swear to Gaia, a you-knighted-states Senatoor. K? K.
So, on with his proposals, or “How I’d Fix D.C. Gridlock“:
1) Establish an open bipartisan national system of apportioning congressional districts. State legislatures are given this authority now. It is their gerrymandering of districts, which have contributed most to the polarized nature of congressional debates and to the sense that too few incumbents are actually at risk.
Hmm. Interesting. Take the power that Nebraska has, and give it to New York, California and Texas. Brilliant.
While we’re at it, why don’t we just pull one of Nebraska’s Senators and a couple of its Congress-people too. Because, you know, they’re so polar. Besides, the fly-over states are over-represented anyways.
2) Set a limit of the number of terms that can be served. I’d say six in the House and two in the Senate should be enough to establish the continuity needed to maintain institutional memory.
Wow! Super awesome idea, Bob. This is Earth-shattering! You know, George Will should sit down and write an entire book about this sixteen years ago. (Wait, what?)
3) Increase the qualifications for being able to run. Why not, for example, make everyone who wants to be a candidate for Congress take the same examination we give to men and women who want to become citizens? Shouldn’t each member of Congress know at least as much as a recent immigrant?
You see, this is why we needed to point out that this was written, not by one of Kerrey’s little college students, or even, as far as we know, one of his kids.
This “idea” was actually proposed by an adult, who used to serve in government.
(That whole “bridge over to the field” thing is starting to make sense, isn’t it?)
4) Create national rules for all federal elections. Take the power back from the political parties and give it to citizens concerned about when and how primaries are held, how they are to be financed, and what punishments are to be meted out to those who break the law.
Again, by a guy who used to serve in Congress.
You see, what we need is a Commission. An Election Commission. But instead of by the states, a Federal one. We could call it the Commission of Federal Elections, but the name’s not important. See, what they could do is be an independent regulatory agency created to administer and enforce the statute that governs the financing of federal elections.
And you could search for it using your Google machine with those exact words.
It’s no wonder why the students and faculty at Bob’s school have so much confidence in him.
OK, that’s all. Back to work, peoples!