Recent gridlock notwithstanding, the United States Congress remains the most powerful institution in human history. The men and women we send to Washington are a force beyond tangible comprehension.
Our flirtation with the “fiscal cliff,” however, brought an otherwise mighty government to its knees. When Congress finally passed the fiscal-cliff deal, it passed the buck. In the months ahead, debt-ceiling negotiations will meet all-too-familiar sequestration rules, and we will see political conflict of similar or greater scope.
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Jason Husser is an assistant professor of political science and assistant director of the Elon University Poll.