Original Proposal - It’s Even Worse Than It Looks

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Original Proposal - It’s Even Worse Than It Looks

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Originally proposed by Utah Owl - Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:18 am - 24 views before being transplanted here

It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism is a 2012 book of political analysis by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein (5/1/2012, $14.44 from Amazon.com + shipping, 240 pages).

Thomas E. Mann is the Chair of Governance Studies for the Brookings Institution and Norman J. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. They also co-authored “The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America And How To Get It Back On Track” (published 8/29/2008) which was the focus of our 7/14/2010 meeting

The authors analyze the current U.S. Congress and conclude that it is almost completely ineffectual. Two sources of the problem are given = (1) the serious mismatch between the two major parties, the Democrats and the Republicans which "...have become as vehemently adversarial as parliamentary parties, and a governing system that, unlike a parliamentary democracy, makes it extremely difficult for majorities to act" and (2) the Republican Party, described as "...an insurgent outlier -- ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition."

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