How is convergent and divergent thinking used in government?

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One might argue that a great deal of the thinking going on in government, at least in the United States at the moment, is convergent.  The way that members of one party or another are expected to toe the line and go along with the wishes of the party rather than doing what they think is best or doing what their constituents want creates a painful dialogue of us vs. them when, in reality, the situations or decisions that are presented this way are far more nuanced and would be more effectively addressed by divergent thinking.

Divergent thinking could be used to come up with new solutions rather than the two currently being proposed which consist of cutting spending or raising taxes.  Though some variation of those probably has to happen, there are likely a number of different and valuable ideas that could be proposed if divergent thinking was more encouraged among the lawmakers.

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