3 branches of government

English: The voltage of a sine wave

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In the US Federal government, there are three co-equal branches: executive represented by the President, legislative represented by Congress and judicial represented by the Supreme Court. All three vary in effectiveness and quality of output over time. If you graphed their performance, you would show curves similar to a sine-wave with peaks and valleys.  Since each branch of government responds to a different time frame, Congress two years, the President four years, and the Court life-time appointments, the peaks and troughs may or may not coincide. If two of three or all three coincide in a peak or trough, then there is a maximum or a minimum in effectiveness. Peaks are good; troughs are bad.

Let me give an example of what I am talking about. During the GW Bush administration, there was a trough in all three branches of government that maximized the destructiveness of Bush’s policies. The 2008 election changed one branch of government, the executive branch,  from a trough to a peak and left the other two branches of government unchanged. As much as President Obama may wish to implement the changes he promised and we have hoped for, he has been opposed and stymied by the other two branches. Changing the Supreme Court requires a lot of time. We can change the complexion of Congress rather quickly.  Let us do so in November. Then two of the three branches may operate at their peak effectiveness for the benefit of the 99%.

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