Thought of the day

Here are a few things which would go a long way towards fixing the U.S. legislative process:

  • Standardize House districts to be as close to rectangles in shape as possible
  • Change filibuster rules so that only 55 votes can override one; force Senators to stand and speak when they do invoke a filibuster
  • Lengthen terms for House members to 4 years and have House elections alternate with Presidential elections (President in 2016, House in 2018, President 2020, House 2022…)
  • Enforce term limits at 2 terms a piece for House members and Senators

Age restrictions (25 for House, 30 for Senate, 35 for President) should also be lifted, but that’s more a matter of their inanity than in actually changing much about the legislative process.