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Congress’ Seven Steps of Governing by Crisis

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The latest crisis over Homeland Security funding fits a familiar pattern for Congress lately.

Comments (17)

  1. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 03/02/2015 - 10:30 am.

    Rely on magical thinking

    These are manufactured crises. Republican think crises work for them so they keep creating them. Basically they assume that all problems will resolve themselves, don’t really exist in the first place, or that as long as government stays out of the way someone else will solve. It’s really just magical thinking pretending to be political debate.

    • Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 03/02/2015 - 03:22 pm.

      I can’t stand

      “both sides do it” nonsense either. These crises don’t happen when Democrats are in charge. Not only has there been one manufactured crisis after another since Republicans won the House in 2010, but anyone remember the crises in the 1990’s? The first ever government shutdown? This is just how modern Republicans do things. We have a major party that is dysfunctional on purpose. To think that Republicans used to complain when Democrats didn’t get all the appropriations bills passed on time. We can merely wish things ran that well now.

  2. Submitted by jody rooney on 03/02/2015 - 11:00 am.

    I don’t know about magical thinking

    The Republican’s apparently didn’t get the fairy tale about the boy who cried wolf.

    Does anyone really believe them anymore.

    I think it is just a distraction from the real issues, like why hasn’t Congress or the Administration addressed the financial regulatory issues.

  3. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 03/02/2015 - 12:11 pm.

    It’s not the failure of democracy, it’s the failure of Republicans to recognize that they live in a democracy.

    • Submitted by cory johnson on 03/02/2015 - 01:30 pm.

      The irony of your statement is quite impressive….

      Considering we have a Preisdent who does everything he can to avoiding working with Congress. If they don’t bend to his will be just writes an executive order. But he’s a Democrat so it’s fine.

      • Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 03/02/2015 - 03:58 pm.

        so you’re saying…

        the house Republicans have been trying to compromise and work with the president? He avoids being a figurehead who will agree to anything coming from the rightmost fringe of American society. The all or nothing game sure didn’t start with Obama or the Dems. Another thing the crazies love to say is that he is acting illegally and imperially. There are three branches of government. The judiciary decides if something is legal or not. If Cruz and Walker and the rest of that wing of the Republican party really think he is doing something illegal they should be in court trying to get it stopped. If they were right the courts would agree, especially since they have a 5-4 majority in the SCOTUS. Like some one above said they want to rule not govern. If they “loved America” like they claim the president doesn’t, they wouldn’t keep trying to shut down our government.

        • Submitted by cory johnson on 03/02/2015 - 04:36 pm.

          quite a few lawsuits are already underway..,

          In the meantime why should they just bow down to what we he wants? That’s the definition of compromise right? Give in to everything Democrats want?

          • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/02/2015 - 05:24 pm.

            Back to you

            In the meantime why should he just bow down to what they want? That’s the definition of compromise right? Give in to everything Republicans want?

            Government by lawsuit–is that the Republican way now?

      • Submitted by jason myron on 03/03/2015 - 04:25 pm.

        I suppose it woud be futile

        to point out that the number of executive orders issued by this “renegade” president, is substantially lower than most of his predecessors?

  4. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 03/02/2015 - 01:22 pm.

    The Republican party is what your get

    when there is NO LEADERSHIP. The real bad news is there are not any Republican leaders on the horizon either.
    If you ever wondered about the level of intellect that is guiding the GOP this link
    should make it real clear. These are the words of GOP zealots from this year’s CPAC confab. This removes all doubt why the Republicans can’t get anything of substance done. This is absolutely junior high school stuff. Alarmingly some of them are actually running for president. This is what a lack of leadership gets the GOP. They actually have a lineup of these speakers at this convention spewing this jaw dropping stupidity. This isn’t a one off situation, this is a highly choreographed GOP member event. Several years back the GOP couldn’t figure out who the tea party was so they let them into the party. They have their answer now, and the tea party has stolen and destroyed the GOP. It is so sad what the GOP has been denigrated to after once being a reasonably productive party. Rand Paul wins the CPAC straw poll for the third year in a row. Only three straw poll winners in the conference’s 41 years have gone on to receive the GOP nomination. Needing to rebuild their party back to relevance and they choose to do a stupid event like this. On the bright side it does give important GOP members, Donald Trump and Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, a place to shine a spotlight on themselves.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 03/03/2015 - 09:33 am.

      Thanks for sharing that link

      It was hilarious. I haven’t been able to see any of the CPAC speeches this year and they’re always entertaining. It’s too bad the Left doesn’t have a comparable event. But the late night comics will have to do.

      • Submitted by Tom Christensen on 03/03/2015 - 03:07 pm.

        You’re welcome

        Just thought you might like to keep in touch with your friends. Seeing that the Republicans have control and have promised to lead, but haven’t, I think I know where late night will be going. Can’t wait.

  5. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 03/02/2015 - 01:41 pm.


    Udstrand, Rooney and Rovick all seem on the mark, just in different ways. When Tom Emmer – Tom Emmer!! – suggests that his House colleagues have gone off the rails, you know you’re dealing with true crazies. Nothing about running the government aground, repeatedly, suggests anything that approaches being “conservative.” That sort of action is the hallmark of people who, as Neal Rovick suggests, are not especially interested in democracy. They just want to be able to exercise power – a trait of dictatorships as well as democracies.

    As others have pointed out in previous weeks and months, there’s little to suggest that today’s “conservatives” are very much interested in governing. What they want to do is rule, which is something altogether different.

  6. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/02/2015 - 02:55 pm.


    The lurching from crisis to crisis will be come normal. The public will stop expecting their representatives to do anything to make real fixes to the problem, and just grow inured to the pointless drama.

  7. Submitted by cory johnson on 03/02/2015 - 03:48 pm.

    It would appear the Dems idea of leadership and governing is….

    “Cave in and give us absolutely everything we want or we will accuse you of wanting to shut the government down.” But it works every time so why stop? The DHS situation is a reaction to the President yet again bypassing Congress because he can’t get his way. The Democrats in the Senate are the ones filibustering bills in the Senate so nothing can go to the Presidnet.

    • Submitted by Matt Haas on 03/03/2015 - 09:06 am.


      Republican whilst in the minority would NEVER think to filibuster (or more usually threaten to filibuster) any legislation that doesn’t tickle their fancy. Do you think we’ve been asleep for the last 6 years!? You’ve picked the wrong crowd in your attempt to peddle nonsense.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 03/03/2015 - 04:22 pm.

      Fillibustering a bill

      with an attached provision scaling back Immigration reform. That’s not going to happen, so why play games with it?

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