by Greg Krehbiel on 4 March 2013
I’m wondering if we’re starting to experience a global governance problem. There’s talk that “ability to govern” should be a key skill of the new pope. The last couple seem to have been unable to control the Vatican.
We’re also watching a pretty obvious failure of governance in the United States. Obama is not a good leader (certainly not the “uniter” we were promised), and Congress is becoming a bad joke.
It seems likely to me — or at least not unlikely — that modern systems are becoming so complex that a very specific set of skills are required to govern them. It also seems likely to me that a popular vote is not the right way to pick such a person.
Would it make any sense to pick the CEO of McDonald’s or Google by a popular vote?
Perhaps no one can govern because the left and the right are further and further apart, and there really is no middle ground that can gain enough support.
This confirms what Republicans have been saying (despite liberal pundits’ scoffing): The president is interested in breaking the back of the opposition not accommodating or passing centrist legislation.
Obama is “engaged in bare-knuckle campaigning, not governing, when he engages in faux negotiations and goes around the country to hammer Republicans.”
Are we doomed to a choice between a dysfunctional government or an extremely partisan one?
-- 2013-03-04 » Greg Krehbiel