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There is a lot of handwringing going on today about the lack of production in Congress before they go off to recess. With only 22 bills passed before the recess, this Congress marks a new low in a history of lows.

Not since the Republican Revolution, after Newt Gingrich and his upstart stable of young conservative ideologues won him fifty-four seats in the House and eight seats in the Senate, has Congress been so preoccupied with establishing their ideological bona fides with their constituents rather than actual governing.

Back then it was the Clinton Whitewater scandal and the Kenneth Starr investigation that sucked all the air out of Congress.  This time around, Republicans have been obsessed with equally fruitless extracurricular activities, such as their fanatical preoccupation with Benghazi-gate, the IRS scandal, and Obamacare.

But there is a reason Americans have so little regard for Congress.  With an approval rating…

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Michael Volkmanns Blog

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Reader Stephen Herbits sent me a striking Robert’s quote — not by Chief Justice John Roberts but Henry Robert, who produced one of the most consequential books of the 19th century, Robert’s Rules of Order, which has shaped how countless organizations, not to mention every meaningful legislature, have set up and organized themselves to operate rationally, reasonably, and fairly. In his original tome from the mid-1800s, Robert wrote:
Where there is radical difference of opinion in an organization, one side must yield. The great lesson for democracies to learn is for the majority to give the minority a full, free opportunity to present their side of the case, and then for the minority, having failed to win a majority, gracefully to submit and to recognize the action as that of the entire organization, and cheerfully to assist in carrying it out, until they can secure its repeal.[Read the full…

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