The U.S. is turning into Switzerland! Oh, no! Oh, nooo!!!
Switzerland has just about the most completely de-centralized government in the developed world, and all taxes are subject to plebescites(sp)-in other words, Switzerland is the last country on earth we are turning into.
"What are your thoughts on the politics invovled? and the "competing theories"?"
It is no different than when I do not like what a majority of the other side do - I speak up and tell them what I think about it. They are elected officials and most of them care more about being elected again than they do about issues of the day.