Broken Politics

By |2020-05-02T09:35:59-04:00January 10th, 2014|Categories: Society|Tags: , , , , |

Many Canadians have expressed considerable bewilderment at what is going on in Washington these days. Oh civility, where art thou?  Why do so many members of Congress seem to be breaking bad and letting partisanship trump (oops, was that a pun intended?) 'the better angels of their nature'? Some points seem obvious. The incumbency problem — the ease with which most members of Congress get re-elected reduces their responsiveness to the harassed electorate — like Walter White many members suffer from delusions of infallibility; and unlike Walter, almost never receive reality checks. (This speaks more generally to [...]