In his latest call to arms, Philip Kotler passionately argues that democracy is under grave threat. Too much money has entered politics, and its donors, often billionaires and corporations, now hold too much influence in favor of the 1%. Meanwhile, the voting system is flawed, too few citizens are politically informed, and many don’t vote. At the same time, major political parties are unable to agree on policies, Presidents are disempowered, and the real changes needed don’t occur. Kotler confronts this gloomy outlook positively with some potential solutions, as well as an invitation for you to get involved in the democratic issues that impact your life. Please visit www.democracyindecline.com for more around the issues raised by the book.
Chapter 3: Reforming Congress—Why Does Congress Perform Poorly?
Reforming Congress—Why Does Congress Perform Poorly?
‘I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a disgrace, that two become a law firm, and that three or more become a congress.’
[Page 62]There is a long history of Americans being dissatisfied with Congress. Will Rogers once observed, ‘I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.’ In a Gallup poll in 1973, Congress got a 42% public approval rating, its highest ever. On January 4, 2013, Congress scored last out of 16 institutions, with a 10% approval rating. In the summer of 2014, the rating fell to 7%.
[Page 63]A New York Times/CBS News Poll survey in February 2010 reported that 80% of Americans ...