For some background, I am a Brit living in the US so I am familiar with both of the styles of government in those two countries. I think most people (probably more so the US people) would agree that there is something wrong with the system of politics and government. So, two questions, what is wrong with it, and how would you fix it. Note, I'm not looking at faults with each individual party, but with the system. In my opinion, when I look at US politics, the main flaw I see is money, or more specifically, the amount of money needed to run for office. It's crazy. It basically means that you have to be someone who is mega-rich or someone who is capable of huge amounts of fundraising. More, importantly, if it's the later, you essentially become indebted to those big donors, you don't think they'll want something in return? Also, for US congressmen, they have an election every two years, so they basically have to fundraise and campaign from the moment they get elected. Doesn't leave a whole lot of time for actually running the country. I would love it (although it'll never happen) if the total amount of money that could be spent on a campaign was capped at a reasonable level. This would make it easier for more people to run as independents, and diminish the party role. Alternatively, I had a crazy idea this morning. What if every politician was term limited to a single term. Would this make things better or worse? Since they can't be re-elected they have no need to fundraise or campaign, so they could concentrate on doing the job for which they were elected. However, would having an entire new group of politicians after every election mean that nothing would get done? Thoughts?