Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 decade ago

Is dismantling bureaucracy even possible?

Is dismantling bureaucracy even possible?

I’m sure nobody thinks legislation is able to move fast enough to handle our fast paced world's real problems. but must we be slaves to our own creation? we're using an ,obviously, antiquated system for making changes. what if instead of using representatives, which actually had a purpose when nobody had telephones or for that matter, barley any kind of mail service, we the people could make the decisions democratically and instantly and continuously, using the very think that is in front of you right now, computers. this would eliminate the problems of decision making. of course, at least there would need to be some regulations about qualifying to vote and the means for anybody having access to whatever they need to qualify. is this science fiction? we are doing it right now on yahoo answers, and none of us needs representation

9 Answers

  • blu
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    You raise an interesting issue. I believe it was Ross Perot that introduced the concept of the "Town Hall"

    This would provide an opportunity for anyone to openly discuss political problems one on one w/ a representative w/ a link to Washington DC. If this person could not satisfy your desire they were resolved to get back to you w/ an answer.

    This could involve logging on to a specific web site at a specific time.

    Until we can put these kinds of issues in a position for the voters to be heard, we stand little chance of dismantling the beaurocracy.

    Start w/ the "Town Hall" idea.

    We really need something like this because I have written several letters to major politicians and institutions. I have only received one reply (yrs. ago) and it didn't even address my issue.

    The problem is not voters voting for corrupt politicians, the problem is not having a worthy choice. We should be able to vote against a candidate and if enough ppl agree, gey another candidate.

    We need term reviews. I'm tired of seeing an elected official ignore platform issues until it's time to campaign.

    Politicians should be held accountable for campaign promises. Don't just let them off the hook for lying to us by not voting for them, prosecute.

    The political process is flawed in ways that we facillitate the elected official to be above the law. They work for us but they vote themselves raises in pay and benefits.

    What greater flaw in our democracy than that the popular vote may not determine the winner? Corruption of but a few in the electoral college can decide a Presidential election

    The following should be deleted f/ above and edited into here.

    Until we can put these kinds of issues in a position for the voters to be heard, we stand little chance of dismantling the beaurocracy.

    Start w/ the "Town Hall" idea

    Your public servants "serve you right"

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Bureaucracy is not evil in and of itself. The art of government is the finest achievement of civilization, and the civil servants who collectively make up the bureaucracy are the people who make government work.

    Without the man/woman behind the desk, the rules are not enforced. This is why the first thing regressive legislators do to kill a regulation is cut the funds for enforcement.

    Ask yourself why the rules are there in the first place. They were passed by leaders past in an effort to restrain what was perceived as wrongdoing. In some cases it was so long ago that we who are still living cannot remember what kind of behaviour led to the institution of the rules in the first place.

    That is why it is very important to be suspicious of people who tell you that the bureaucracy has too much power. They want the power removed so that they can misbehave again. They spend a lot of time and effort to convince us that we do not need the rules anymore.

    How stupid are we?

    Forget the buzz words, like public and private sector. That is how the corporatists distract us from what the bureaucracy really is. It is the people's business. That is us, you and me.

    We went into that business because we were forced to, either by misbehaviour on the part of corporatists (such as that which led to the establishment of the National Securities Commission) or because an essential service was not being provided by the private sector in an affordable fashion (such as the interstate system and the post office). The bureaucracy that administers these is tending our assets. How can that be bad?

    The very corporations that spend a fortune disparaging the public sector have huge bureaucracies of their own. They know they need administration, but they criticize the public using the same tool. Why?

    Because they want that action for themselves. This is about market share, and they want more. Their solution is to persuade us to go out of business for ourselves and pay them to do it.

    Would you sell your house and rent it back from the buyer? Why break up our business to rent it back from some rich people? That would be long term stupid, stupid, stupid!

    Forget dismantling the civil service, because all that will happen is that you will deal with a private sector bureaucrat who will charge more, and not be accountable to an elected person. Anybody who wants to do that either does not understand government, or hates democracy.

  • Tmess2
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    That assumes a willingness on the part of most people to take on the obligation to be informed enough to vote. While direct democracy is now possible on a larger scale than in the past, it is not so clear that deliberative democracy is possible on such a large scale.

    It is also more difficult to make the legislative process function on such a large scale. What would be the rules for proposing new statutes, for proposing amendments, etc. Robert's Rules of Order are not really designed for an assembly numbering in the millions. How much time would it take? Right now, Congress spends the equivalent of three hours each day (on an average basis) in session and committee meetings dealing with the process of discussing, amending, and ultimately voting on legislation. Would the average person be willing to put that much time in on a regular basis (or would direct democracy just turn power over to a self-selected group of activists)?

  • 1 decade ago

    Good thought but the problem is that the people who could make the changes are the people who would lose their jobs and their control over us. It's like term limits we talk about how we would like to have some kind of limitations but the the people who have the power to make it happen are not going to vote them selves out of office. You are right we are slaves to our own creation.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes we can dismantle bureaucracy by electing new leaders across the board then vote out those corrupt politicians who's true interest is in themselves only. Secondly we need to demand term limits for both the Senate and House. Two terms is enough for those crooks.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Ron Paul is THE answer to your question! Check out both representative Paul & our Libertarian party ON LINE! Vote Paul & support OUR Libertarian party to take back OUR country & YOUR personal freedoms!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They created a monster and now its out of control. Its just a

    matter of time before all systems fail.

    It's all wrong.

    We were never meant to live this way.

    Its a giant cardhouse waiting to crumble.

  • 1 decade ago

    Bureaucracy is very necessary. It serves a useful purpose.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is yet possible, yes.

    But it will never be done by Republicans or Democrats. Never, regardless of what they try to get you to believe.

    Source(s): . . . P.S. Term limits are an irrelevant joke. If you don't want corrupt politicians in office, then quit voting for them.
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