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David Harsanyi: US Has Too Much Democracy

Monday, 10 Mar 2014 03:26 PM By Bill Hoffmann newsmax.com A misunderstanding of democracy is to blame for the legislative gridlock on Capitol Hill, says David Harsanyi, author of the new book “The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy.” “Gridlock is an organic reaction to what went on when the […]

Can we overcome our current political dysfunction?

MARCH 9, 2014, AT 12:00 PM The Week Taegan Goddard In the latest episode of the Political Wire podcast, we spoke with Republican strategist Mark McKinnon, founder of the group No Labels, about breaking the gridlock in Washington and creating an atmosphere of where both parties work to solve the problems facing the country. McKinnon […]


BY ROB STOTT / FEB 14, 2014 associationsnow.com Despite recent success on a budget deal, the 113th Congress is on pace to be the least productive bunch in the nation’s history. As a result, association government relations departments have been forced to shift their advocacy focus elsewhere. Partisan. Challenging. Unpredictable. Gridlocked. These are just a […]

OPINION: True source of Washington gridlock

Feb. 11, 2014 10:48 PM Cincinnati.com WASHINGTON — One of my favorite moments during the 2012 Republican presidential contest came when Ron Paul, fresh from his strong showing in Iowa, triumphantly told his supporters: “We’re all Austrians now!” I imagined many Americans scratching their heads and wondering: Why do we want to be Austrians? They […]

E.J. Dionne commentary: Discredited economic theory is at root of gridlock

Monday February 10, 2014 5:55 AM Columbus Dispatch any Americans scratching their heads and wondering: Why do we want to be Austrians? They live in a nice country with stunning mountains and all that, but aren’t we happy to be Americans? Of course those in the know, particularly Paul’s enthusiasts, understood the libertarian presidential candidate’s […]

President Hopes His Pen May Be Mightier Than Gridlock

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 6:56 pm WUMU Transcript ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: A couple of minutes ago, we heard White House aide Dan Pfeiffer speak of using every ounce of creativity to advance policies that the president favors and that Congress will not approve. That is an illusion to the realm of executive […]

Even small ball is too much for Congress

By DARREN SAMUELSOHN and DAVID NATHER | 1/22/14 5:01 AM EST Politico Everybody knows that Congress can’t do anything big any more – but it turns out Capitol Hill is equally hapless about getting the small stuff done as well. All the dysfunctional partisan gridlock keeping the House and Senate worlds apart on the transcendent […]

The fallout of dysfunction

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 12:15 am By RUTH MARCUS The Intelligencer WASHINGTON — In any complex system, from the human body to the automobile, one malfunctioning part can strain the entire mechanism. The same is true of our out-of-alignment government. A dysfunctional Congress corrodes the rest of the constitutional architecture. It imposes a burden […]

Court case challenges the filibuster

By Stephen Spaulding January 20, 2014, 09:00 am The Hill Forget Grover Norquist’s minimalist dream of shrinking government until he can “drown it in the bathtub.” Today’s modus operandi for anti-government crusaders is gridlock and minority rule. Its consequences are cruel. Consider this week’s Senate filibuster of a three-month extension of unemployment benefits, which despite […]

Study: Polarization and Gridlock Work Well for Rich Americans

Joshua Holland SUNDAY, 12 JANUARY 2014 08:22 The Real News At the end of 2013, only 12 percent of Americans held a positive view of Congress – three points above the all-time low set earlier in the year, according to Gallup. Two out of three respondents to a CNN/ORC poll said this was the worst […]