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Faisel Butt

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Where is America's centre (center) party?

I'm writing this in the light of the fiscal cliff approaching rapidly and even though this has been heavily debated and reported in the media, no compromise has been made yet.

It makes me wonder why there isn't a centre party in American politics. If such a party refrained from entering the presidential election, which is extremely costly and requires an unrealistic amount of votes to win, and instead sought to gain seats in the senate and congress, such a party could realistically succeed in winning enough seats to be the decisive vote in both houses.

It's simple game theory and would change the political climate dramatically. As it would be impossible to simply block the opponents policy, both of the traditional parties would have an incentive to negotiate and compromise in order to gain influence and avoid being rendered obsolete.

Theoretically 20 seats for a centre party in the senate could also end filibusters.

I think it would be essential for such a party to “steal” votes from both moderate conservatives and moderate democrats. The advantages would be enormous. You would avoid these stall mate situations and by negotiating with both sides of the houses, legislation could accommodate a larger group of the population.

It would change the rhetoric of politics as well, as advocating extreme viewpoints would be less beneficial.

What do you think?

P.s.: Happy terrestrial heliocentric elliptic orbit completion day!


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  • Jan 2 2013: Unfortunately, both parties are pretty much for the foreign adventurism status quo. And neither party can deliver a cost-effective health care program that covers everyone, or get the balance right between regulation and free markets. There is a tremendous opportunity for a 3rd party, but the obstacles are daunting. I have a draft platform on FB called US Progressive Conservative Party (just a working title at the moment, shamelessly stolen from the Canadians). Your strategy is correct - work with the lower offices first.

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