Letter: Congress should take cue from Hamilton

From: Doug Bell


Lee Hamilton deserves our thanks for his thoughtful writings on the working of government. They should be collected, published in textbook form and given to all members of Congress for required reading.

We spend a lot of money on Congress, and we (quite reasonably) expect it to govern. We don’t get much of that anymore. Instead, it is more like professional sports, with political parties as teams and elections as games. The object is more for “our” team to win the next game than it is to serve the citizens.

Congress has earned its low esteem with its partisanship, low productivity, repeated show votes and inability to work with the other side. Lee Hamilton has offered many ideas, and if legislators could embrace even a few of them, Congress could reclaim its rightful status as a powerful and respected branch of government.