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June 2014

Putrid Politics


It's hard to dispute the commonly held opinion that our politics in the US are damaged, deranged and dysfunctional. Civility and bipartisan cooperation have gone the way of the dodo bird; regional and racial differences seem worse than ever; and the quality of candidates on both sides of the aisle seems to deteriorate more and more every year. Recently public opinion ratings of our senators and representatives have been anchored in the single digits. President Obama's ratings, although considerably higher than those of Congress, are also abysmally low.

One of the major results of this phenomenon is an unprecedented lack of action on a huge variety of issues and problems. Time and time again the underlying friction between the major US political parties makes any action an impossible goal. And it's getting worse.



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