So much for democracy then

Infrastructure Summer: The Untrained Bipartisan Deal-Makers
The senators negotiating the infrastructure package don’t have expertise in infrastructure, and it’s showing.

Senators, just like other politicians, rarely have training in anything other than gaining votes. Sounds like a great reason not to have Senators running stuff, given that lack of knowledge.

8 thoughts on “So much for democracy then”

  1. Dennis, Your Guide To The USA

    Evidently David Dayen is too stupid to understand that politicians don’t think it advisable to call a massive pork barrel bill “The Massive Pork Barrel Bill”. The senators need to sell this shit to the weak-minded, hence the use of the term “infrastructure”.

  2. So you’d rather have medical technocrats, lobbyists or the permanent bureaucracy ruling over us, Tim.

    As for me. I’d rather elect some people who knew some shit about something, even if it was only about transsexual rape counselling. It would be a start.

  3. Dennis, Not Being Sarcastic At All

    All anyone has to ask is “What would Richard Murphy do?”

    Problem solved.

  4. As an engineer, when I was in local government I dispaired at the lack of any scientific – or even observe-the-universe-and-note-what-happens – knowledge. Even the former dinner lady who was my colleague was strides ahead of most of them. Maybe because when a kid tries to stick his hand in the fryer you twock him to stop him doing it again, and when you forget to turn the power off when wiring up the leccy twocks you, are both the same type of life learning effect-follows-cause, universe-doesn’t-give-a-shit experiences.

  5. The authors use of the term “Climate Disaster” makes me distrustful of anything in this article.

  6. philip
    August 12, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    So you’d rather have medical technocrats, lobbyists or the permanent bureaucracy ruling over us, Tim.

    As for me. I’d rather elect some people who knew some shit about something, even if it was only about transsexual rape counselling. It would be a start.

    But who did you actually elect? The way I see it, I get to vote for 2 Senators (out of 100) and one Representative (out of 535). I don’t really feel that there’s any accountability to me in Congress.

    So its choice between rule by unaccountable morons or rule by unaccountable morons.

  7. Bloke in North Dorset

    Agammamon,

    As I see it your problem is the States of been hell-bent on giving away their powers to the Feds and Congress equally, if not more so, hell-bent on giving away their powers to POTUS and the administrative state.

    Your Founding Fathers thought a lot about the problems of a powerful Federal Government, they must be spinning in their graves.

  8. @philip
    I would rather have politicians that say, “Why the heck is the Federal Government doing that?!?”

    @BiD
    It is not that the states have been giving away power. It has been the Federal Government arrogating power. First with the direct election of Senators; making party more important than state. Then with the income tax, taking money from the states and then bribing them with their own money.

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