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In Unlock Congress, Michael Golden takes readers on an easy-to-understand historical expedition and investigation into the ways congressional failure leads to a harmful PRODUCT.
Digging deeper, the book identifies the PROBLEM – how obsolete rules have led to major defects in the system. Finally, Unlock Congress lays out a PLATFORM designed to strengthen the system and reinvigorate both the process and its players.
At the heart of Unlock Congress sits the “D.C. 4-3,” a term used to describe the four defects that fuel the problem and cause three negative effects on congressional performance:
Problem: The "D.C. 4-3"
- 1. The Money Flood
- 2. Rigged Congressional Races
- 3. Two-Year Congressional Terms
- 4. The Senate Filibuster
- 1. Drives: poor outcomes.
- 2. Deters: communication, idea generation, and constructive negotiation.
- 3. Distorts: fair representation.
Unlock Congress serves up startling facts and revealing stories to explore and explain Congress’s poor productivity. Once the “D.C. 4-3” is summarized, Unlock Congress introduces a PLATFORM of principles and solutions geared toward unleashing our legislators’ true potential.