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#the5: The Brookings Institute says that Congress really is as bad as we think and feel it is: http://www.npr.org/2011/12/27/144319863/congress-really-is-as-bad-as-you-think-scholars-say

This is an important piece to read. One of the unstated conclusions I drew from it is that a Congress this dysfunctional can lead us down some very dangerous roads. When Americans en masse start asking, "if Congress sucks this much, why do we even need them?" then we'll be in danger of having the republic collapse outright. The next logical question is, "why don't we just have a president?" - which is more or less an endorsement of what inevitably devolves into dictatorship.
Historians and educators are reaching back to the Civil War era to find a Congress so unable to perform basic duties. Two well-known Washington congressional scholars sum it up with a book they are wr...
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