slate: dysfunctional by design

does the partisan deadlock in washington drive you insane? yeah, me too. slate looks at how congress is designed to be ineffectual:

The idea that Congress is dysfunctional by design is neither original nor new. Political scientists have made this argument for years, but we have ignored it, perhaps because it interferes with our enjoyment of the theater of Congress. If one were to announce, before the play begins, that precisely nothing will happen by the time the curtain drops, it’s hard to get the audience engaged.

ah, politics as theater. sigh.

slate: why congress deserves an “A”, by shankar vedantam
ad: vivian selbo


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