It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism

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Basic Books, May 1, 2012 - Political Science - 240 pages
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In the wake of yet another disastrous year in American politics, two of the nationŐs foremost experts on Congress provide their brief, strongly argued take on whatŐs wrong and how to fix it.

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This book is wrong, the threat is not to American democracy but to big government! It assumes a government that is not a prolific factory of laws or "government fixes" is itself broken. Obviously he does not feel " the government the covers least governs best". The founders new this quote to be true from personal experience. But I guess these guess want to gut the constitution the foundation of the most successful county the world has ever seen.  

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The book was a very easy read and it did a good job at explaining why Congress is the way it is, but it is too biased for my liking. Mann and Ornstein basically blamed all of Congresses problems and disfunctions on the Republican Party, particularly Newt Gingrich. It was almost comical to me to put the ALL the blame on the Republicans, and I am a Democrat!!! Minus the bias, however, the book makes some excellent points. 

About the author (2012)

Thomas E. Mann is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He is a former executive director of the American Political Science Association. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Norman J. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of a weekly column for Roll Call, called “Congress Inside Out.” He lives in Washington, D.C. Both are fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are coauthors of The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track.

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