Thursday, July 11, 2013 1:28 PM
ANGOLA, Ind. – These past
few weeks, we’ve seen yet another example of sclerosis in Washington,
this time with the farm bill. On a topic that begged for compromise,
everyone dug in, and there was celebration in some quarters even as they
were spitting the ashes out of their mouths.
Next up comes
the immigration package, with House Republicans overwhelmingly balking
Wednesday at the Senate passed bill despite warnings from Speaker John
Boehner about the political consequences.
Later this year, we’ll get another debt limit faux crisis.
is a city of gangs who can’t shoot straight, of rhetoric akin to
methane gas seeping out of a melting tundra. Gallup has congressional
approval at 10 percent, yet another historic low.
Mayor Blair Milo’s column on page 1 hits a number of points that are
resonating. And it underscores a recent piece by conservative New York
Times columnist David Brooks on what he calls the “power inversion,” the
rise of city states and regional governments that fill the void left by
the partisan polarization in Washington.