Lee Hamilton Comments on Congress
By Lee Hamilton
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Drawing upon his 34 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Lee Hamilton writes a column on Congress -- sometimes explaining why Congress works the way it does or explaining its impact, other times suggesting ways Congress could be improved or reformed.
||Effective Oversight Requires Effective Press||These are extraordinary political and economic times, and even from a distance you can sense the animation on Capitol Hill as Congress debates President Obama's stimulus package, weighs his executive-branch appointments, and responds to his various initia||17/2/2009||Gratis||Ver en iTunes|
||In Congress, First Impressions Matter||The start of a new Congress is a time of hope for great accomplishments. For new members, though, it is also when they lay the groundwork for their careers on Capitol Hill. New members face a lot of difficult decisions early on, and their political reputa||3/2/2009||Gratis||Ver en iTunes|
||Good Communication Anchors Our Democracy||Shortly before the turn of the year, I got a look at some polling numbers that brought me up short. They suggest that our representative democracy has a great deal of work to do. Every year, the Center on Congress at Indiana University polls about a thous||22/1/2009||Gratis||Ver en iTunes|
||Congress Needs Proper Leadership||As Congress moves beyond last November's elections and turns its attention to governing, it has to perform one of the toughest pivots in American politics. Governing is much more difficult than campaigning. After going at it hammer and tongs in congressio||15/1/2009||Gratis||Ver en iTunes|
||Congress, Too, Can Set The Agenda||Once he is sworn in on January 20, our new president will command all eyes. After a long campaign in which he and his rival traded policy prescriptions and accusations about their respective flaws, the country will be anxious to see the White House's agen||8/12/2008||Gratis||Ver en iTunes|
||The Ten Commandments of Citizenship||This presidential election, if you believe the polls and the rhetoric, is about change in Washington. Both candidates promise it, while voters clamor for it. It is the cause of the moment. Yet I have news for you: Change in Washington won't happen, and ce||8/12/2008||Gratis||Ver en iTunes|
||Why Ethics Should Matter to Congress||Congress will never regain the faith of ordinary Americans until members of Congress win their trust. This appears to be a long way off. I see no other way to read the results of a recent poll by the Center on Congress at Indiana University. When it asked||8/12/2008||Gratis||Ver en iTunes|
||Whoever Is President, An Administration Needs Oversight||I'm as interested as the next person in all the excitement about how Washington will work with Barack Obama in the White House, but there's an important question that's been missing. It has to do not so much with the new President as with the new Congress||8/12/2008||Gratis||Ver en iTunes|
||The Decision To Go To War||As Congress struggled to stave off financial meltdown recently, it was hard to imagine that it could ever face a more serious issue. Yet from time to time it does: when it ponders whether or not to send young Americans to war. Watching the gyrations on Ca||2/12/2008||Gratis||Ver en iTunes|