Monday, August 06, 2007

Deep Hostilities and Shallow Thoughts

John Fund has an excellent piece providing the background behind the current levels of partisan animosity in the U.S. Congress. Mr. Fund finds both parties responsibility for the current levels of hostility and incivility.

It has sometimes been argued, both sarcastically and seriously, that gridlock is a good thing, as it helps prevent Congress from doing any harm. However, there are serious issues currently before the nation -- a war, immigration, the viability of Social Security -- that really require some sort of action. Instead, most of this session (and recent sessions) has involved sniping and gamesmanship over things that don't matter. Ironically, while both parties play the games so as to make themselves look good to the public at large, given the latest congressional approval ratings, the public is not buying it.

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