The Score on The Legislative Branch of Government [Last Modified on 2006.12.03]
The House of Representatives should be disbanded, and replaced with a Congressional Advisory Council. This council would be comprised of highly educated people at the top of their fields, in such fields as science, medicine, law, sociology, and foreign affairs. While this council would have no direct governing powers, members would advise Congress on those issues which fall under their purview, and their advice will be recorded for future reference. Any congressional legislation that goes against the advice of the Advisory council will be noted, and this record will be publicized so that the public may make informed decisions on which members of congress to re-elect or not.
The House of Representatives passes numerous bills that never make it to the floor of the Senate for a vote, since these bills are patently wrong or unconstitutional. In effect, the House is a useless body, and should be disbanded and replaced by the group described above.
If the House is not disbanded, the Congressional Advisory Council should still be created for the above stated purpose.
Congressional Advisors will be appointed by invitation extended by the appropriate Senate committees. However, in keeping with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, no religion shall be represented in the Advisory Council, nor shall any other violation of Constitutional law or civil liberties be permitted. The Advisory Council must be a fact-based, reality-based entity, and any violation of this rule will result in the immediate dismissal of the transgressor. Ethics and morality are fair grounds, as they can be discussed rationally, but any advice on such subjects must be supported by clear-cut facts and reasoned analysis; any attempt to promote specific religious beliefs as advice is a violation of the rules, and leads to dismissal.
Each Council invitation, and the name of the committee which extends the invitation, shall be made public, to empower the people to make informed decisions on which senators to elect or re-elect.
The Advisory Council will be structured similarly to Senate committees: subgroups within the Council will concentrate on particular topics, such as medicine, specific fields of science, law, economics, sociology, ethics, foreign affairs, and any other topic deemed worthy of individual attention.