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Loose government is the problem, not size

'Mitch McConnell leads Alison Lundergan Grimes for first time in Kentucky poll' WSJ
'Mitch McConnell leads Alison Lundergan Grimes for first time in Kentucky poll' WSJ
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It’s the wrong cut, government that is, and perhaps Obama too. As an independent journalist, don’t get me wrong. There is no political alignment with either Obama nor McConnell.

It is useful that Mitch McConnell is squaring up his approach should he be reelected and become Senate Majority Leader. First, he must defeat a tough opponent. Second, it is beneficial that he is making clear what he believes in wrong about government today.

Here is what McConnell believes is wrong: Government is excessively sloppy.

By that he means that legislation gives President Obama too much spending latitude. He wants Republicans to rein him in. That is a very general idea, and probably too general to succeed in getting him re-elected.

More precise legislation is surely desirable. That is a problem for Congress whether it be sloppiness in the House or Senate. Sloppy legislation has not been the first problem. Instead it has been the failure to legislate.

Mitch McConnell earned the distinction as the most disliked member of Congress. Do voters in Kentucky still love their Senator? Ted Cruz doesn’t and even he wants to unseat him as senior leader. That underscores the notion of grand ideas from McConnell for securing his legacy.

Still, the idea that government is too sloppy by design has true promise as a political idea. In the era of the automated regulatory environment (ARE), every law should be engineered and modeled with automated administration and control in mind. The outcomes of every law should be known and understood in quantitative terms because today’s technology makes that entirely possible.

One impediment to more effective government beside qualitative and behavioral issues is that lawyers who typically run for office lack essential skills and knowledge that will enable the automated regulatory environment. Most legislators today are completely unqualified for office by modern standards.

Readers who want to discuss this further are most welcome. I will entertain questions in the comments column and will respond to each and every one.

“McConnell’s plan to shut down Obama

By MANU RAJU | 8/20/14 5:07 AM EDT Updated: 8/20/14 9:10 AM EDT

HENDERSON, Ky. — Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown.

In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to “move to the center” if he wants to get any new legislation through Congress.
In short, it’s a recipe for a confrontational end to the Obama presidency.

“We’re going to pass spending bills, and they’re going to have a lot of restrictions on the activities of the bureaucracy,” McConnell said in an interview aboard his campaign bus traveling through Western Kentucky coal country. “That’s something he won’t like, but that will be done. I guarantee it.”

McConnell is facing one of the toughest re election battles of his three-decade Senate career. But Republicans are tantalizingly close to winning majorities in both houses of Congress for the first time in nearly a decade, and McConnell is making an aggressive pitch to voters here that they have the chance to pick the Senate’s next majority leader.

But there are clear risks for McConnell. First, he must defeat a spirited Democratic challenger in November, while hoping that the class of Senate candidates he helped recruit doesn’t blow the GOP’s best chance in years to retake the majority. And, perhaps just as challenging, McConnell would need to bring unity to a party that is struggling to overcome divisions between establishment stalwarts like himself and young GOP upstarts pushing for conservative purity.

One of the Senate’s leading GOP firebrands — Ted Cruz of Texas — isn’t committing to supporting McConnell as majority leader, signaling the challenges that could lie ahead.

“That will be a decision for the conference to make,” Cruz said in an interview, after pausing eight seconds, when asked if he’d back McConnell as majority leader. “I’m hopeful come January we have a Republican majority.”"

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