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April 23, 2012


It's Even Worse Than It Looks

In the mail: It's Even Worse Than it Looks by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein.

The book identifies the two scourges most responsible for our dysfunctional government: the polarization between two adversarial political parties and a governing system that makes it very difficult for majorities to act. This is coupled with an "escalating extremism" of the Republican party.

Perhaps most important, the authors note that several popular "cures" for our nation's problems -- a balanced budget amendment and term limits -- would only exacerbate the gridlock.












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