Friday, July 13, 2012

Ezra Klein: The Worst Congress Ever

The only thing Ezra gets wrong in this piece is that he doesn't point out strongly enough that it is mostly the Republicans who are sabotaging the national legislature. True, the Democrats could be calling them out and doing a bit more to improve the quality of legislation, but the problem is the Republicans.

Hating on Congress is a beloved American tradition. Hence Mark Twain’s old joke, “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” But the 112th Congress is no ordinary congress. It’s a very bad, no good, terrible Congress. It is, in fact, one of the very worst congresses we have ever had. Here, I’ll prove it [with thirteen reasons and charts.]

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