Must be especially tough close to the elections - I'd imagine this is the most impacting period. The tooth that was pulled out a year ago does not hurt - but the one that was pulled out yesterday hurts all right. It must be really tough to operate in such an environment. And then those lobbyist folks with their ideas...
So here's a thought experiment that I think might help the society get easier life for the politicians and for the society of the whole.
Abandon the elections.
Instead, mandate the direct democracy by law. Yes, by direct democracy, I mean the entities like Demoex in Sweden.
But, make such a technology country-wide and mandated.
"But laymen people are not great at taking the decisions" - you will say - "and, by the way, who has the time for this ?".
Precisely, this is where the catch is. Unless the things go utterly haywire, no-one *really* wants to deal with the mundane details. But, alas - you have to - it's by law.
But, the law also would not prohibit to hire someone to do this job for you. So we will have someone who will be paid to read the to-be-ratified papers and make the decisions on behalf of the others.
How's that called ? You're right - politician.
What's the difference compared to now ? The difference is the money flow. Right now it's faceless - the electorate pays the taxes, then they go to say "this guy will represent me for X years". And then the taxes pay the rent to that guy. As a result we have a fairly non-responsive system.
In the proposed equation - you can hire the guy per-month, per-week, per-hour if you wish.
The responsiveness to the customer needs would immediately be reflected in the rewards. The customers being those who do not have to spend the time on the elections - but simply outsource their responsibility to democratically decide. And the %% of the taxes that was going into the common flow of running expenses of the government, can be dramatically reduced.
Hey, but all of that would be a very bad idea! No-one would then take any unpopular decisions, because they are risky and unpopular!
The reality is:
- In business this works, with a suitable business plan.
- Else, noone is taking any unpopular decisions anyway - most of the time.
So it is not much worse than the status quo.
But, hey, what happens with all the lobbying that is supposedly [sic] happens ?
Simple. Convince the masses that Idea X is a good idea. Make a decent school in the neighborhood - and those who go there will become your live advertisement - much better than on TV. And they can then spend more time watching the actual film, anyway.
This all seems to be too simple to not have tried before and too simple to not contain any catch.
If you know some good historic examples on where this has been tried, I'd be curious to know the occasion and the outcome.