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Can Congress Govern? A Conversation with David Mayhew

with David Mayhew

Distinguished congressional scholar David Mayhew discusses his latest book, The Imprint of Congress, on how Congress has balanced the presidency and legitimated our federal government for a divided public.

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on January 19, 2018 at 14:32:43 pm

Can Congress Govern? The clear answer is NO, not for a long time.

Today the federal government will (??) shut down because Congress has not done its most basic Constitutional job, pass funding legislation. The band aid is a continuing resolution, which may be glued on a stack of CRs, going back beyond living memory. What is the dividing issue: babies, the Dreamers. Today, with epic irony, a 100,000 marchers will march in the January cold, as they have for two generations on the issue: killing babies, a doctor has the legal right to butcher a baby. It should be obvious to anyone that no one can dream if they are torn to pieces. This would also be true for a ancient Supreme Court Justice.

We also have a little problem, the longest war in American history without a Congressional declaration of war, something nice to have, when we lower our warrior loved one's bodies into their grave.

Congress' ratings are approaching zero. With due cause. It is a abject failure. It ceded its authority to invisible bureaucrats who rule our society, from ordering Mr. Bundy to terminate his ranch, to regulating civilian nuclear power out of existence to today's filing of a law suit demanding immediate federal action because three Right Whales were killed last year, by lobster pots, or maybe not. The heart of the conflict is the Do a Good Job provisions of the Congressional Endangered Species Act. Congressmen are only good at kissing babies and taking money.

As noted by the learned professor; we have the best form of governance in world history. But it can not work with out smarts and integrity. This is our problem. I give you Harry Reid.

QED.

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