YES … BUT SO-CALLED “SUPER-COOPERATORS” WILL SAVE THE DAY (JUST NOT FOR YOU)
|| By FITSNEWS || So let’s get this straight: Leading “Republicans” and Democrats in Washington, D.C. generally agree that nothing should be done to defuse America’s ticking entitlement time bomb, that Obamacare should continue to be fully funded, that there should be no cuts to the U.S. welfare state, that spending on mindless global interventionism should be expanded, that domestic spying is fine and dandy, that wealthy corporations should keep getting subsidies and handouts and that nothing needs to be done about our government’s $18 trillion debt.
Yeah … that seems like an awful lot of consensus, don’t you think? Indeed … which is why we’re baffled a new study has concluded America’s government is more polarized than ever.
“We find that despite short-term fluctuations, partisanship or non-cooperation in the U.S. Congress has been increasing exponentially for over 60 years with no sign of abating or reversing,” the study’s authors report.
“Americans today are represented by political figures who struggle to cooperate across party lines at an unprecedented rate, resulting in high profile fiscal and policy battles, government shutdowns, and an inability to resolve problems or enact legislation that guides the nation’s domestic and foreign policy,” the study’s authors note.
They’ve even got a nifty chart to highlight this polarization …
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What’s to blame for the polarization? According to the authors, it’s due to “the stratifying wealth distribution of Americans; boundary redistricting; activist activity at primary elections; changes in Congressional procedural rules; political realignment in the American South ; the shift from electing moderate members to electing partisan members movement by existing members towards ideological poles; and an increasing political, pervasive media.”
Ah yes, politically pervasive media.
Of course there’s a caveat …
Despite all this polarization, “a group of representatives continue to cooperate across party lines despite growing partisanship.”
In fact the study refers to these representatives as “super-cooperators” – although we’d humbly refer to them as “super-capitulators.”
Frankly, we think this study is bunk …
Congress may indeed be polarized (for all the reasons this study outlines) but it has nonetheless managed to preserve its bipartisan commitment to an obscenely big, invasive government dedicated to running our country into the ground.