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Reconciliation

By Dylan Matthews

Today, John questioned whether Americans really want to govern themselves, Justin expressed uncertainty about the long-term future of the stock market, I talked to Sara Mead about early education policy, and Suzy criticized new fees on companies employing high-skilled tech workers.

1) Every country using the Westminister model now has a hung parliament.

2) Ben Miller and Phuong Ly investigate "dropout factories" -- colleges and universities where a majority of students leave without a degree.

3) HAMP is still running into the same problems.

4) Former Bush NEC chair Keith Hennessey responds to Paul Krugman's criticisms of the Bush tax cuts.

By Dylan Matthews  |  August 23, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
 
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"Every country using the Westminister model now has a hung parliament."

While I like gridlock in American politics, our gridlock is a different creature entirely than parliamentary models. In our system, there is always a majority party, and if it's unable to work its will on the minority, it's less a structural problem than a problem with the fact that Americans are centrist type folks and either party is going to get into trouble if it wanders too far afield.

These parliamentary folks, however, must have been drunk or on drugs when they devised their systems, which are just begging for trouble. In case anybody is wringing their hands over the problems with the latest elections in Iraq, here's a hint. There is no clear winner. It's a parliamentary democracy with a multiplicity of minority parties.

Posted by: bgmma50 | August 23, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The link to the Bush shill gives the most
dishonest description yet of extending the
tax cuts on the rich. Essentially, he wants
the middle class to make up the tax cuts for
the rich, or cut Social Security and Medicare. What a choice.

Posted by: garbage1 | August 24, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Hennessey's response to Krugman is 100%, pure, unadulterated ideological clap-trap.

Hennessey even went so far as to complain that Krugman called the Bush tax cuts "Bush's" tax cuts, as if it is somehow unfair to claim Bush was the one responsible for them.

Opinions like Hennessey's have no place in any serious journalistic newspaper or blog IMO. I would expect to find such crap on purely ideological websites. Let's put it this way, the more I see those kinds of links/opinions on a given site, the less likely I am inclined to browse that site. I am looking for power to truth, not BS.

Posted by: lauren2010 | August 24, 2010 4:53 AM | Report abuse

The article on "dropout factories" was horrible. I hope you're not linking articles only because they're written by your friends, Ezra.

Posted by: Scott85 | August 24, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

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