Politics is a contest, limited by certain unwritten rules. And over the past two decades, old rules have broken down.
Under the old rules, there were certain things that political parties did not do -- even though theoretically they could. If one party controlled the Senate and another party controlled the presidency, the Senate party did not reject all the president's nominees. The party that controlled the House did not refuse to schedule votes on the president's budgets. Individual senators did not use secret holds to sway national policy. The filibuster was reserved for rare circumstances -- not as a routine 60-vote requirement on every Senate vote.
It's incredible to look back now on how the Reagan tax cut passed the Democratic House in 1981. The Democratic House leaderships could have refused to schedule votes on Reagan's tax plans. Instead, they not only allowed the tax plan to proceed -- but they allowed 48 of 243 Democrats to break ranks on the key procedural vote without negative consequences to their careers in the Democratic party...
Hard to imagine Speaker John Boehner allowing his Republicans to get away with similar behavior on a measure proposed by President Obama.
ive been seeing a lot of talk about krugman lately. is he smart/legit or a faker?
i have to salute paul krugman's demented audacity in his article - how a dude in his position can ask with a straight face "Whatever caused modern American politics to become so... vicious?" is beyond me, i am going to guess it is because he is a fucking reptoid.
The persistent cliche of intelligence and education being two of the more effective forms of birth control is, as always, steadily eroding our ability to effectively self-govern.
President Obama has gotten an historically large stimulus bill, a health care bill, and Dodd Frank financial reform -- all in the first 2.5 years of his administration.
People aren't more intelligent, just better fed and educated on average.
delmoi, again, you really need to actually read just a little bit before you fire off your screeds at me
Testing continues to support the notion of a longterm overall decline in intelligence.
After Democrats lost the 1994 midterms, Clinton pivoted to the center and got welfare reform and a balanced budget passed (with a seriously unfriendly Congress that trafficked in crazy conspiracy theories, many members of which later voted to impeached him).
Reduc[ing] unemployment compensation taxes by shortening how long Floridians can collect benefits and making it more difficult for them to be eligible. Scott's office says that will save $630.8 million over two years.
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