In the business community, a 21 percent approval rating would be a reason for termination of employment. Yet a whopping 79 percent of the citizens disapprove of the job our elected Washington officials are doing. Endless pageantry drives deplorable ratings. Squabbling, in-fighting, and grandstanding infused with unhealthy political divergence continues to cause political dysfunction - creating government paralysis.
Furthermore, all the legal wrangling usually delays or kills legislation. The challenge should be to re-evaluate these low-performing elected officials with an eye directed towards new leaders who will abandon the political wrangling and work towards effectiveness in government. In doing so, let’s consider the following:
Stop unrestrained campaign length -shorten campaigns to four months. Shorter drives will provide more time to work on actual challenges.
Eliminate political assaults.
Stop all the theatre and grandstanding.
Stop time spent on raising money. Time spent raising money distracts from working on constituent needs.
Shorting campaigns will go a long way towards getting money out of elections.
As we insist on both parties lowering the political temperature it is time to re-evaluate each elected official-investing for more effective results. When termination for low performance happens in the business community, it is usually regarded as a positive. Should it not be considered likewise in the political arena?
How long will we continue allowing ineffective dysfunctional hired hands in Washington? We have a choice –immediate political pressure and termination via the ballot box.