Election 2014 provides Americans opportunity to reset the US Congress. It paves the way for Election 2016, when Americans will elect a new president. How is the electorate thinking about selecting and electing their representatives to the House and Senate? Here are some factors to consider (List):
- Congress is dysfunctional, and what will improve that?
- The President is performing deficiently, what will improve that
- If Hillary Clinton is a presidential candidate with propensity to win, what should a Clinton Congress look like?
- If Jeb Bush is a presidential candidate with a possibility to win, what should a Bush Congress look like?
Americans are setting the table for their future. Do they want more dysfunction, or a functional government? They are setting the table for the next president too. To whom will they invite as president, Clinton, Bush, or someone else?
“Post-ABC News poll shows Democrats at risk in November as Obama’s approval rating falls
Charles Dharapak/AP - President Obama’s approval rating fell to 41 percent, down from 46 percent through the first three months of the year and the lowest of his presidency in Washington Post-ABC News polls.
By Dan Balz and Peyton M. Craighill, Published: April 29 | Updated: Monday, April 28, 11:59 PM
Democrats face serious obstacles as they look to the November elections, with President Obama’s approval rating at a new low and a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands to check the president’s agenda, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Obama’s approval rating fell to 41 percent, down from 46 percent through the first three months of the year and the lowest of his presidency in Post-ABC News polls. Just 42 percent approve of his handling of the economy, 37 percent approve of how he is handling the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and 34 percent approve of his handling of the situation involving Ukraine and Russia.”
1. Congress is dysfunctional, and what will improve that?
Functional government does not require that Congress be of the same majority as the President, but since the Republican Party has gone extreme right wing, it is not a party of collaboration and consensus building. The President’s management performance is in question, but not so much his policies. That means, Americans would do better by producing a more Democratic Congress with fewer Republicans.
“FEDERAL IT PROS: DYSFUNCTIONAL CONGRESS IS BIGGEST SECURITY THREAT
FEB 6, 2014
Tripwire and the Government Technology Research Alliance (GTRA), have released the results of a survey which found that 43 percent of Federal IT security and compliance employees consider poor governance and the dysfunctional Congress “the biggest security threat we face.
The jointly sponsored online survey evaluated the attitudes and responses of 111 security and compliance professionals from U.S. government agencies and contractors.
“Cybersecurity continues to be one of the top priorities of senior executives in the federal government,” said Ron Ross, fellow at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
“Studies, such as this one, bring together important data points that help decision makers assess trends and take part in an ongoing dialog that will help us craft effective solutions to our difficult and challenging cybersecurity problems.””
2. The President is performing deficiently, what will improve that?
President Obama will not address his fundamental management flaws because they are caused by lack of CEO experience and education that he did not have before being elected to President. The lesson is that president’s don’t recover for mistakes in qualifications. The way to offset that is to surround him with a Congress that will mitigate and moderate his deficiencies. That does not mean that voters should give to him a hostile Congress, but it means they should elect a workable one.
3. If Hillary Clinton is a presidential candidate with propensity to win, what should a Clinton Congress look like?
“Should Hillary Want Democrats to Lose the Senate?
By David Weigel
On Twitter, where most good ideas come from these days, I suggested that someone (not me) adapt to the current conventional wisdom that Democrats will lose the Senate by arguing that this would be good for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. To my surprise, the idea had early takers.”
4. If Jeb Bush is a presidential candidate with a possibility to win, what should a Bush Congress look like?
All of the indications are that Jeb Bush would prefer to be a moderate Republican, governing from the middle. Florida gave to him that opportunity where he was a successful governor. He is having trouble getting traction with conservatives in his party and that may help him get traction with voters in the middle of the nation who might swing from the ranks of independents and Democrats. He must get the nomination first, and Reince Priebus must convince his party to produce an electable candidate. Jeb Bush probably wouldn’t want a Congress that is too conservative as that would be as much of a barrier to him as a more liberal Congress.