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The Oppressed Supermajority

Here’s an article worth your time from the New York Times of March 5, 2019 by Columbia Law Professor, Tim Wu: “The Oppression of the Supermajority.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/05/opinion/oppression-majority.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share The subtitle of the article sums it up very nicely: “The defining political … Continue reading

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Our political system: still a blessing to be thankful for

As Thanksgiving approaches, we take some time out to count our blessings.  It is one of the healthiest things each of us can do for our dispositions.  We should do it more often. On that list of blessings every year, … Continue reading

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Fixing our government with a wrench, not a jackhammer

The anger and frustration with our government is intensifying.  All of us are feeling it, whether we hail from the left, the right or the center.  The sensible response is to analyze the cause of the anger and fix it.  … Continue reading

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John McCain: Seeing the Big Picture

The senior Senator from Arizona has been leading the charge lately for a return to bi-partisan cooperation and compromise in Congress.  In a column in today’s Washington Post he said, “Congress will return from recess next week facing continued gridlock … Continue reading

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How to heal fracturing parties.

Lately we have seen a disturbing phenomenon within both of our major political parties: signs of significant fracturing. The Democrats are witnessing a factional fight between a strong “progressive” insurgency which first showed itself with Bernie Sanders’s upstart presidential campaign. … Continue reading

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A renewed sense of urgency …

Many paradigms have been shifted during the past several years in our understanding of how our political system is supposed to work. The presidential election of 2016 in particular generated a heightened sense of pessimism among many Americans that our … Continue reading

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A Successful Fiscal Cliff Resolution will only Highlight Broader Failures

There is so much talk about the “fiscal cliff” that you would think that it is the moral equivalent of war or of a monstrous natural disaster.  It is of course quite monstrous, but it is not natural – quite … Continue reading

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The Hollowing out of Congress Continues

Another moderate centrist in Congress finds what we used to call “the world’s greatest deliberative body” so dysfunctional that continuing to serve in it would be a waste of her time.  Three-term Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine is one … Continue reading

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Some Quick Hits from “No Labels” to Improve Congress’s Performance

For the past year I have been sharing the Public Check on Congress with a broad range of audiences.  Virtually everyone sees the need for fixing Congress and most see the advantages of the systemic fix this proposal offers.  A … Continue reading

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The Dumbest of Stalemates

As legislative stalemates go, some are dumber than others.  The one we have at the moment concerning the national debt limit is about as insane as they get.  Any rational legislator would pick virtually any other decision point to put … Continue reading

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