Class Warfare Blog

October 7, 2012

Let’s Follow Costa Rica’s Lead

Filed under: History,Politics — Steve Ruis @ 9:40 am
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After watching as much as I could stomach of the first presidential debate, I once again am amazed at how lackadaisical our process is. Questions get asked which are not answered or, worse, answers are given that are patently false and there is no follow up. Really, Governor Romney, to pay for a 5 trillion dollar tax cut, you intend to cut PBS? Really? That 0.42 billion dollars ought to make a real dent in the 5 trillion dollar problem your proposal creates!

Maybe we should follow the lead of tiny Costa Rica, which incidently based its government on ours. You know Costa Rica, the tiny Central American country with no army and no war and the highest literacy rate in the hemisphere? Yeah, them. Costa Rica had the sense to create a fourth branch of government. In addition to the executive, legislative, and judicial branches they have a branch of government whose responsibility is simply to conduct all of the elections. They are nonpartisan, make all of the rules, run the debates, etc.

Apparently they think elections are important enough to not have them run by the political parties themselves.

And we call them a banana republic! Maybe we should look a bit harder in the mirror.

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