Holding the government accountable, will do little to mitigate this natural occurrence. The article also suggests that citizens do not have sufficient information in regards to international affairs. I believe this to be untrue. The entire nation is predicated on international affairs. Our diverse demographics require international relations on a grandiose scale. As such, I disagree with the article. I believe the citizens would indeed have sufficient information to help create international cooperation rules and regulations. The article also argues that international cooperation is initiated by governments and therefore authority should be given solely to these respective governments. I agree to a certain extent. The people ultimately dictate government action, rules and regulations. People are often fickle and irrational. They can be easily swayed with propaganda and special interest groups. As such, I think government should be help accountable for aspects with their direct control. International cooperation in my view does not constitute an area of direct control for government.
Third, I believe the short-term nature of government action will also make it difficult to hold government accountable for international cooperation. Terms of congress are relatively short. Politicians, have constituents in their respective states that placed them in office. Therefore, politicians often act in a short-term manner in an effort to get reelected and to fulfill campaign promises. International cooperation and relationships are often a very long-term process. They do not occur overnight (They can however be destroyed overnight, which I find very ironic). As such the short-term nature of government action is juxtaposed against the long-term notion of holding government accountable for international cooperation. A quick glance at our current government provides ample evidence towards the short-term nature of government action.
As those around the world know, our government constantly bickers over what they believe to be correct policy. This arguing however has resulted in lack luster performance. The solutions that have occurred are short-term in nature. For example, the government extended the debt ceiling…for three months contingent on budget plans. These budget plans, although attempting to look long-term, are focused primarily on the short-term. In addition, the Federal Reserve is continuing to print money while ignoring the long-term consequences of inflation (Frank, 2000). Our government has overspent beyond its means and now has incurred a very significant debt. This accumulation of debt however didn't occur overnight. Instead short-term government action, ignoring the long-term consequences took precedence. Now our generation must now sacrifice for the short-term decisions of governments of years past. As citizens, if our government can even handle its own finances, why then should be we expect them to look long-term in regards to international cooperation? Would citizens even have the motivation to do so? If the citizens should hold the government accountable for anything, its fiscal and monetary policy, both of which, unlike international cooperation, are within its control.
My forth point pertains to the actual will of the citizens to hold governments accountable. I personally believe that is very little political will on the part of the citizens to hold the government accountable for international cooperation. For one, there are more pressing issues plaguing citizens, than that of international cooperation. Issues such as a looming debt crisis, inflation, and a recession in Europe, high inequality, lower incomes, and education all take precedence over international cooperation. As such, the entire premise that citizens could eventually hold government accountable for international cooperation seems somewhat farfetched. Citizens are more interested in national defense than they are about international cooperation. Citizens, much like me, realize that there is little the government can do to force other nations to act in an appropriate manner. Ultimately nations will act in there own best interests, which is ultimately beyond the control of our government. Therefore citizens will focus on areas which are within the government's scope. National security, fiscal policy, monetary policy, and education are all within the jurisdiction of government. Citizens are therefore more apt to hold the government accountable for these particular aspects as oppose to international cooperation.
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