Magazine July 11, 2016, Issue

The Incredible Shirking Congress

(Roman Genn)
Legislators are running from the great duties they were meant to discharge

Washington is broken.

The federal government is a fiscal basket case, $19 trillion in debt and running massive annual deficits as far as the eye can see. It is an abysmal steward of our economy, managing dysfunctional tax and regulatory systems that expand opportunity for the well connected while strangling it for everyone else. And it imposes thousands of petty laws on the American people every year without rhyme or reason, while failing to seriously consider solutions to our real national challenges.

American politics in 2016 seems to be a competition to assign blame for all this. The usual suspects offer up

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