(on Saturday, I'd forgotten that today, Tuesday, is an election day here in Okieland. So much more on "draining the swamp" very soon)
The overriding concern about our Federal governance out of Washington, is the amount of influence which lobbyists have on our legislators there.
There seems to be no civil, nor legitimate way to eliminate that pestilence from influencing our representatives who work there for us.
So, why not eliminate the workplace of our legislators there in that swamp?
It seems to me, that if the Representatives in the House were somehow required to stay, to stay and work within their districts, nearly exclusively, that lobbyists would have far more difficulty in their influence of same.
If Nancy Pelosi had to stay in her San Francisco district office(s), if Dan Boren had to work mainly in his Eastern Oklahoma #2 district, if Barney Frank had to be tied with ropes to his district offices in Massachusetts, then powerful lobbyists would have greater trouble in influencing these "representatives", instead of having them so nearby, in the filth that is our Capitol city.
Let's say that you are a lobbyist for some industry: Lumber, Oil, Unions, whatever--
and let's say, that in order to visit any representative of the House, you had to register yourself and your interests, in the state(s), where you were to do business.
How difficult would it be for you, a lobbyist, to register in X-number of states, to visit so many representatives, instead of the convenience of being in the same town as them all, in Washington, D.C.?
To me, it would seem to be a matter of loyalty, to the voters which a Congressperson represents, to be So Very Accessible all the time; Why, only a short drive away from your governmental representative, rather than away in the Capitol.
Require that all 435 Congressional Representatives forego their Washington offices; instead, staying and working full time in their district.
Think of the savings~!!
Less travel, less expense, one fewer home (in Washington) to maintain; closer and more access able to their true bosses, We the People, instead of the temptation of quick money for a vote.
Think about this, dear friends; insist that your governmental employees remain close to you,
showing up in Washington, D.C. only to be present for the State of the Union speeches;
while being fully representative of your interests from your district at home, via the Internet and C-Span, or whatever~!!
Instead of finding reasons why this alternative can not work in our country, why not give this idea some thought On How and Why this Can Work?
I really have more ideas on the simplification of government, but I just planned this wrong, for today. But, this one is the main one.
Others include de-funding or non-funding several elements of the government, like the Education Department and the EPA, for starters.
And the quick repeal of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, thus returning the function of the Senate to that of representing the individual States.