If you want to see the problems inherent in a representative democracy, look no further than this story.
In March, two members of the Oakland (California) City Council finally resolved an epic and high-stakes legal battle after a fight that lasted three months and spawned a legal opinion by the city attorney. The burning question: who was entitled to the parking space closest to the front door of City Hall.Oakland, you see, has no other problems or difficulties of any kind that might require the government’s attention.
Councilmembers Jean Quan and Desley Brooks both coveted the “prized parking space” that, until late last year, had been clutched firmly in the steely grip of Councilmember Henry Chang. When Chang announced his retirement, the two women good-naturedly flipped a coin to determine who would get the space. Of course they didn’t do that.
Seriously, Oakland, eject these two people on the next election. OUT. Get them OUT. If there was ever a better case to say, “Hm… methinks these two Councilmembers lack the ability to negotiate major issues”…
Tip o’ the hat to Corey.