Summary Of American Broken Politics By Jeffrey Sachs – Essay Example

7 October, “American Broken Politics” by Jeffrey Sachs: Summary: America is currently politically paralyzed and suffers from extremely poor governance that is foreseen to worsen further with time. Obama faces troubles reforming policies regarding healthcare, global climate shift and such other issues. There are mixed views among the Democrats, Republicans and the middle liners about whether the country is being led in the right direction or if troops should be sent to Afghanistan. America is a highly polarized country, that constitutes people from different cultures, religions and ethnic backgrounds holding opposing views. American government policy is considered equivalent to “zero-sum” in terms of its efforts in resolving inter-cultural conflicts. This is accompanied with an increase in difficulty in passing a legislative proposal because of its susceptibility to nullification by “filibusters”, that require minimum 60% votes in favor of proposal to be overcome. Furthermore, big players that include but are not limited to Wall Street and other industries have damaged the US economy because of their lobbying. Sum gathered through government imposed tax is insufficient to address issues while the public is already highly irritated by its exaggerated percentage of the national income i.e. 18%. This has led to indebting the government and has caused budget deficit of up to 10% of GNP. Obama is under huge pressure and it is difficult for him to decide what to cut from domestic expenditure to save money for bigger causes. The Republic- Democrat tension causes the former to cease votes and paralyze the reforming process. In order to come out of crisis, American government needs to put an end to the Afghanistan and Iraq issue and thus save $150 bn yearly and increase taxes. Also, Obama needs to take Americans into confidence regarding the changes he enforces to fight off the polarization.
Works cited:
Sachs, Jeffrey. “American Broken Politics.” 23 Nov. 2009. Web. 7 Oct. 2010.