Fareed: American System Flawed
Is our separation of powers system flawed? Fareed Zacharia offers a theory (on his CNN show GPS) as to why parliamentary systems have advantages, using the debt crisis as an example.
Remember, the political battle surrounding the debt ceiling is actually impossible in a parliamentary system because the executive controls the legislature.
There could not be a public spectacle of the two branches of government squabbling and holding the country hostage.
In the American presidential system, in contrast, you have the presidency and the legislature, both of which claim to speak for the people.
As a result, you always have a contest over basic legitimacy. Who is actually speaking for and representing the people?
Or, perhaps, only the U.S. government has the ability, because of separation of powers, to stop the dismantling of our constitution that the president is now engaged in. The battle's just begun.