I think most US politicos would agree that the Legislative Branch is fairly "broken"...it isn't very responsive to public needs or crisis, it is paralyzed by money, it's verrrry partisan, etc. Hat Tip here to Babbler for sharing this article in the Boston Review by Rep.Jim Cooper, which explains a little bit of the history behind the deterioration of the legislative branch (particularly the US House), and some thoughts....some easily implemented, others a little outrageous. You can find the article here http://www.bostonreview.net/BR36.3/ndf_jim_cooper_fixing_congress.php and I encourage you guys to read it. I'm adding a poll of some of this ideas, along with two I've seen mentioned in other pieces that I thought may be interesting...electing 100 house members "at large", which may weaken the incentive to gerrymander, and attract more talented individuals to run for Congress, and for raising the number of seats in Congress from 435 to say, 600). What do you think? Could any of these help? Is there a problem at all? Do you have interesting ideas?