Paul Ryan wrote a Republican budget plan that passed in the U.S Congress, voted on by all Republicans except four.
Representative Ryan was re-elected to Congress in November by about 25% of the citizens from his district—of course, that's not a majority.
He received the love of his Party members in Washington but had to face the anger of the citizens of his district at his own town meetings, citizens who objected to destruction of the medical plan that he had promised to protect.
What does this say for representative government? It has some short-comings.
In an earlier posting, I had stated that Representatives who become too Washington-oriented or become too close to their own party tend to less and less represent those of their own districts.
Twenty-five percent of the voters shouldn't give the Representative much power at home but the power is gained in Washington instead. Sometimes the name enhancement tends to improve the power of the official at home, as long as he/she remains popular.
Ryan seems to have lost a great deal of popularity at home.
The transparency that exists today on the political stage makes it difficult to get by with old time manipulations. Governor Walker is also experiencing that today's world does not permit some of the behind-the-scenes actions of the past.
With today's technology and highly developed techniques for surveying opinions, perhaps voting can be done by survey or even better by a more direct system.
As we achieve a more direct method of voting we will remove the arrogance of power that comes with political office.
Here in Shorewood, I was told by one Trustee that the Board's actions were not to be affected one way or another by any of my feelings or by anything that I might say. This expression of arrogance, closer to home usually comes through the power developed by incumbency.
So much for representative government.
So will the town meetings change anything? Or will the town meetings be abolished?
Let's develop a method where we can vote by smart enough phones that will add to our democratic processes. Text a friend; “Have you voted by phone today?”