March 26, 2019

Congress Has Forgotten How to Legislate

“Democrats are now the ruling party in the House of Representatives. Congratulations America, our creaking constitutional machinery hasn’t completely collapsed yet!

This naturally raises the question of priorities. With a decade left to cut carbon emissions by half, the crooks in the White House, the slowly-collapsing medical system, and about a dozen other screaming emergencies, it’s naturally hard to say which thing should get top billing.

But I have a different suggestion: Democrats in Congress need to figure out how to legislate and govern rapidly again. The sheer number of problems means we can’t afford to spend an entire year goofing around with penny-ante reforms, as Democrats did in 2009-10 with ObamaCare. Congress once could walk and chew gum. It ought to be possible to do so again.”

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