Week 9 Discussion Option 1
- “The Bureaucracy and Its Effectiveness” Please respond to the following:
- Based on the scenario and the knowledge gained from this section, address the following:
- Suggest at least two electoral or constitutional means by which an informed citizenry could safeguard against a corrupt or bloated bureaucracy.
- What are some aspects by which the bureaucracy has grown?
- How does this square up with the Constitution, particularly Article 1, Section 8?
- Keeping in mind that the American system of government was created to protect rights, not provide them (that is the European model), what are some aspects of the bureaucracy that are constitutional or unconstitutional?
Political Tactic #8–The Fallacy of Compromise
As I briefly mentioned in our discussion of Political Tactic #7, compromise is not actually a good thing in most cases. Often times, though, compromised is used to take advantage of public opinion in order to put pressure on your opposition so that they agree to something.
Political Tactic #8 is about the fallacy of compromise. The problem with compromise is that most people think that the initial position of two groups is equally good–this is not always the case and, since the two positions are not always equally good, the outcome is likely going to be bad.
To illustrate why compromise is not always a good thing, . Consider the following example of one political party offering a glass of water and another offering a glass of poison. ANY compromise is STILL going to be poison.
Remember when we all took high school math and learned that in multiplication that a positive times and positive is positive and that a negative times a positive is a negative and so forth? Well, Political Tactic #8 is very similar:
So next time you hear about “compromise”, Political Tactic #7 and Political Tactic #8 are probably being used.