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2. Advocates of a parliamentary system argue that Congress is inefficient, moves slowly and develops policies filled with compromises. What evidence supports this negative evaluation? Your answer should discuss the intentions of the Founding Fathers, the influence of the electoral process, the power of congressional leaders, the role of political parties and the impact of the legislative process.

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    1. Founders- The founders were afraid of a strong central power so congress was weakened to protect the rights of the people, making it ineffective at times.
    2. Electoral System- The primary elections lessen party control and force candidates and personal staffs to focus attention towards the campaign. This causes the legislative business of congress to lose attention and add to the ineffectiveness.
    3. Leadership- The congressional leaders have little formal powers to control legislature. The leaders have no power over the committees, who have the power to progress or shut down a bill proposal.
    4. Parties- Political parties cannot control the actions of individual members so their control is limited. Caucuses have added to the limitation of power for parties.
    5. Legislative Process- There is multiple instances where a bill can be shut down (Presidential Veto, Filibuster, Congressional Committees). Committees are gaining power and their power is overlapping with other committees causing debate and gridlock. The bicameral system of congress has also proven to halt the bill process.

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