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After graduating from the US Military Academy at West Point, Paul Adams served 10 years on active duty in the US Army as a Military Intelligence Officer and a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps. While on active duty, he was selected for the Army's Funded Legal Education Program and attended Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. After leaving the Army, he practiced law in California for 10 years and then co-founded an automation company in Silicon Valley. Since selling that company, he has worked in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures. He was Chairman of Nevada Veterans for Bush in 2004 and Chairman of the Nevada Republican Party from 2005 - 2006. He served on the US Small Business Administration Advisory Committee on Veteran's Business Affairs from 2006 - 2009.

Congressional Dysfunction

Authored by Paul F. Adams

Congressional Dysfunction is an analysis of how the 21st Century Congress has evolved into the worst nightmares of the Founding Fathers. The arguments advanced for and against Congress during the constitutional ratification debates by the Federalist and Anti-Federalist are reviewed in the context of the present Congress.
During their serious and public debate on the nature of the proposed legislative branch, the Founding Fathers probably never expected that the Congress they were creating would degenerate into a legislatively incompetent, over compensated millionaires club whose members would accept sexual predators in their midst and condone lying to We the People. That the 21st Century Congress
1. Is completely lacking in self-discipline is shown through recent scandals, including an examination of the Weinergate and Ensign scandals - sexual predators roaming the halls of Congress while members look the other way;
2. Is putting itself above We the People is shown by examining the millionaire composition, the flaunting of laws applicable to We the People and the lavish pay, benefit and retirement scheme set up for themselves; and
3. Is fundamentally incompetent in legislative affairs because of their obsession with reelection. An examination of the process leading to healthcare reform and the "budget crisis" provide the basis for this conclusion.
The Founding Fathers knew that the only way representative government would work is if there was a strong bond between the representatives and their constituents. They would be disheartened to know that the bond to We the People has been replaced with a bond to political parties, that vigorous, public and quasi-intelligent debate would be replaced by committees that meet in secret and that representatives would be voting on legislation they had never read.
Not anticipating modern political parties, the Founding Fathers would not be pleased to know that elections would be rigged to create safe districts to create a balance of power between those parties in a way that produces "safe" seats, weaker candidates and effectively disenfranchises voters.
Faced with what has become a "Club Congress" that is more interested in reelection than solving problems, we have achieved their worst nightmares. The safeguards the Federalists thought were in the constitution have withered and are dying; the fears of the Anti-Federalists are coming to pass. Faced with a choice between Tweedeldee and Tweedeldum, We the People are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the performance of Congress as they legislate the nation into oblivion.
The material is presented in a bi-partisan way, exposing the duplicity of both parties, with a proposed Constituent Bill of Rights and tips on what We the People can do to clear the nest of partisan vipers that infest OUR Capitol Hill.

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1466204990 / 9781466204997
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US Trade Paper
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6" x 9"
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Related Categories:
Political Science / Political Process / General

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