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Political conflicts regarding oversight are becoming a common occurrence in Washington, but have you stepped back and analyzed why this is? These unnecessary strangle hold on the democratic process are due to a few common practices, party politics, a deference to the Executive Branch, and prioritizing voter concerns with wasteful government spending. Some cause more problems than others, but overall these are the three biggest causes. Party politics prevents Congressmen and Senators alike from rearing off the path of their political party stance. We also see voters own ignorance as a big part of the government waste problem. Many like to complain about problems in our laws, but then are supportive of the laws when they go through Congress. This makes it very easy to pass laws with waste because they know the general population most of the time will let it slide. If your party holds the presidency, but that president does something that is unconstitutional that party will most likely stand its ground supporting the president. While the Executive Branch is an office that deserves respect, respect cannot get in the way of the Constitution and the laws of the land. No one is above the law, especially people in high office if anything they should be held more accountable due to their importance in American life. Congressional oversight is a major part of the checks and balances system, and if these major problems continue to occur we will see more and more people abuse the American democratic process.
As long as there has been a two party system there has been party politics. This phenomena by definition is a Congressmen (Be him or her Democrat or Republican) is so loyal to the party that they will vote for those bills, or resolutions, or whatever just because their party supports it. This becomes problematic when you want to express what is best for your constituents, but may not be what the party is pushing for. This makes a very lazy Congress no matter the party, bills can go through that are not what are best for his or her distract but for the good of the party. Out of the three factors, this is the one that hinders Congressional oversight the least. While this is a problem it doesn’t hit the factor of oversight hindrance as much as the other two. This practice is becoming more common every year, and because of that it’s almost unheard of for Democrats or Republicans to vote outside of their party lines. This attitude of always voting with your party has consequences, as show by recent events this causes laws that shouldn’t get passed, one of Congresses main jobs in regards to oversight is becoming a problem. If we look to the recent news we see the recent “Obama-Care” debacle can be traced back to party politics pushing a bill through Congress. When a Democratic controlled Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the bill was voted yea by every Democrat, and voted nea by every Republican in the Senate. In the House all but 34 Democrats voted yea, while again every Republican voted nea. This “gung hoe” attitude felt by nearly every Democrat in 2010 has faded fast with many Democrats “Jumping ship” according to a recent POLITICO article, due to the less than stellar role out of the new law. The two party system is creating a strangle hold on Congresses person’s ability to vote at their discretion, in turn making oversight a smaller priority.
Voter concerns have bec….