Congressional Scholars Blame Republicans for Breakdown

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In their recent book, Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, who are both well-respected Congressional scholars and political scientists, known for fairness and objectivity, put the blame sqaurely at the feet of the Republicans for the lack of a functional government. The book is entitled, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism. The authors say that the word "extremisim" is completely appropriate to describe current-day Republicans. Also, while being interviewed by NPR's Diane Rhem, they indicated that they have received emails even from Republicans thanking them for their critique and that these readers argree with the analysis in the book.

Robindell's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm


I agree and think it is a good thing. More often then not when congress passes stuff it either spends money we do not have or restrict freedoms more. A congress doing nothing is a good congress in my mind.

WorkerBee's picture
Apr. 28, 2012 12:22 pm
More often then not when congress passes stuff it either spends money we do not have
We hear this dopey statement again and again and again. This country has a Net National Worth of 54 trilliion dollars. Thats all assets minus all liabilities. That's not a country that is broke. That's just a cheapskate country that doesn't want to pay.

Art's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Both parties followed Globalist orders to bring down America.


antikakistocrat's picture
Apr. 18, 2012 3:41 pm

Even though we are paying their salaries, members of Congress are not doing their jobs, and there are matters that need to be debated and voted on. These expert co-authors are not pundits and are mostly concerned with the process of government, but they strongly suggest that the extremism of the Republican Party of today includes an unwillingness to compromise and the taking of positions that are basically ridiculous.

Their previous book, The Broken Branch, was also about the dysfunctional nature of Congress, but it was critical of both parties, whereas the current book which is based on research and factual evidence find fault with the Republicans.

Another recent book that I strongly recommend is We Can Do Better by former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley who was also an NBA basketball star and ran for the Democratic nomination for president. Bradley also believes that the government is broken and is largely at a stalemate. He is concerned with economic issues and offers some well-thought-out, pragmatic but forward-looking solutions. Because he served in the Senate for several terms, he has first-hand experience of how that body works, although he served during a more reasonable and less dysfunctional time.

Robindell's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

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