it works either way.
Shall we have democracy-in-a-box or democrats governing? All of us sharing the obligations of citizenship will make light work of it.
It's long been my ambition to have politics (serving the interests of the public) as popular as baseball.
But, that doesn't mean the people we elect to represent us and look after our assets are entered in a popularity contest. While it's true you can never know how someone works out ahead of time, "qualified" agents need to be picked on the basis of practical talents. Being able to repeat talking points like a parrot is not a practical talent. Being able to extort contributions by postulating threats isn't either.
Shared Responsibility and Shared Prosperity are good themes.
I think I'd prefer Shared Obligations. That will stick it to the anti-socials.
I don't, btw, share the concern about the debt. But, since conservatives are looking to lend and collect a premium off of whatever our public corporations spend, taking their "concerns" at face value is calling their bluff. The money bags are being put on notice that their "cut" of the national debt is not going to grow and, if they want to get rich, they're going to have to work for it.