Originally Posted by hatrickpatrick
This is the fundamental problem with our democracy. We need a department based democracy instead, and that's something I'm seriously considering trying to put together at some point in my life, if I can find enough people who agree with it.
You'd vote for whose policies you want in the area of education, whose transport policy, whose environment policy, etc. That way there'd be no more of this "herp derp if you don't want to be EU yes men you should have voted for Sinn Fein" sh!te.
In a perfect world this would work, but in this world? and this country?
For example... how did we get into this mess? Let's assume that the Euro was established for better or worse... and we could not raise interest rates (as an aside would you leave that decision under central bank control in your system? if we had a punt?). Anyhow, when the boom was starting in 2002, we should have voted to increase taxes, and cut (or at least not increased) spending. Now, would we as a people rationally decided to do that? In 2007 when the boom was at a height would we should have pre-empted (belatedly) the problem with cuts and taxes... Would we have done that?
I'll add that it's generally accepted that even politicians won't take correct decisions if they are unpopular and can be avoided. That's why central banks are never under government control. Politicians would never raise interest rates, and would cut too soon.