Thought you might want to take a look at this piece I did for the London Observer – the Guardian’s Sunday paper – on Washington’s crippled ability to move controversial legislation and the apparent need for absolute power by one political party to do it. Here’s an excerpt to give you the idea.
House Republicans insist on legislation to increase the debt ceiling that cuts spending but raises no new taxes, and seem to have worked themselves into such a state that, when given this by their leader, Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, they nearly vote it down.
Democrats vote in turn against the Boehner measure, though they’ve already pretty much relented on their demands that the bill raise revenues, apparently willing to ignite an economic apocalypse over their insistence on a large increase that ensures they do not have to go through this again until after election day in November 2012 . . .
Nevertheless, that Republicans were able in this environment to seize control of the House in 2010 and establish an implacable conservative majority is Obama’s own fault.
In a country where those who call themselves conservatives outnumber liberals by two to one, Obama has governed as the latter. Neither the sweeping health system overhaul he jammed through Congress nor his $800bn stimulus bill is popular.
I hope you are able to take a look and that you enjoy it.