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What makes the 2Y2D Plan better than other solutions?

Suggestions for how to cure our nation's ills mostly fall within three major categories:

Any of these changes would reduce the power of the entrenched political class which has been corrupted by special interests—wealthy businesses, wealthy organizations and wealthy individuals. Unfortunately, these changes would damp down democracy for the rest of us as well.

The 2Y2D Plan is driven by the idea that good government requires capable leaders. The entrenched political class must be replaced, not just suppressed. Effective reform requires an improved hiring process—a hiring process that allows those choosing among candidates to make an informed decision. Democracy—already limited within our government—must be strengthened, not weakened.

Thomas Jefferson said, “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society, but the people themselves: and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is, not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”

Moreover, the 2Y2D Plan has the advantage that it can be implemented by statute. A majority in Congress (218 representatives and 51 senators) and the President can make it so. It can be ready to roll in two years, hence the name of the book and the plan. Because it's straight out of the Constitution ( a constitutional invisibility cloak?), the Supreme Court can't touch it.

Either limiting terms or extending their duration would require a constitutional amendment. Just to start the amendment process, two-thirds of Congress (288 representatives and 67 senators) must agree to it. Then 34 state legislatures also have to accept the change. We're talking thousands of people here.

Campaign finance reform might be structured so that an amendment isn't necessary. However, since the Supreme Court is likely to do their darndest to wipe out any meaningful reforms, this option too probably would require that the Constitution be altered.

More important than a difficult implementation process, none of the other solutions enable voters to make more knowledgeable choices at the polls. Actual acquaintance with candidates or familiarity with their personal reputations is unavoidable in a small district. Under the 2Y2D Plan citizens will be better able to choose good men and women to speak for them in Washington.