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The Three Fantasies That Explain Why Congress Does Not Work

Steven Pearlstein, a professor of public affairs at George Mason University, has written a very interesting op-ed over at Politico that goes a long way toward explaining why Congress, especially the House, is completely dysfunctional and why that is unlikely to change any time soon. Here is a brief summary of his points:

In the end, each of these factions is convinced of its righteousness and is not going to budge. Each of them is big enough to defeat proposals from the others, but not big enough to get its own legislation through. So the gridlock continues. (V)

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