Critical-Decisions.Com, Inc.

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Statement of the First Challenge


One of the most alarming developments in the American  political landscape over the last 50 years has been the emergence of  political gridlock … alive and well in the United States Congress. Gridlock is a consequence of evenly divided control of  the legislature and a further factor -   the presence of an unrelenting polarization of party attitudes and  policy preferences which resistant to compromise and even to meaningful  collaboration. When parties are about equal in Power– compromise becomes an   essential tool for accomplishing anything legislatively.


In the face of serious problems that demand a solution – the  inability of the Congress to formulate and pass solutions inevitably puts the  American people at risk. 


One perfect example of gridlock as it currently manifests is  the unwillingness or inability of the U.S. Congress to defuse or eviscerate the  Draconian sequestration bill which was implemented on March 1st of  this year. Widespread agreement that the impact of the spending cuts elicited  by the sequester will be seriously punishing for millions of people – including  an aggregate loss of about 750,000 jobs, a reversal of economic growth with  an  assortment of cultural losses.


Apparently, there are several components that have elicited  this solution-resistant gridlock.

  1. The parties have different ways of  analyzing the “problems”  and challenges  the country faces,

  2. The parties have different visions of  what the country should look like as a culture and as an economy,

  3. The parties have different  interpretations of the same data with Divergent perspectives on the solutions

    most likely to be effective in addressing particular challenges, and

  4. An apparent hostility towards the  other party that justifies not listening to the ideas of the other and, by

    implication, makes collaboration and compromise virtually impossible.

Our question for you is this:   How do we “fix” the problem? By what mechanisms  or procedures can we entice the combatants to work together and make  demonstrably better quality decisions?