Elias Isquith writes about politics here and there. He’s got a good article at Salon about Congress passing legislation (for example, fixing Medicare payments to doctors) now that the Senate Republicans are in charge and have decided to let the government function. This burst of productivity isn’t necessarily good news:
Not a single one of these initiatives, you’ll notice, could be fairly described as progressive. They’re not necessarily conservative, either. What binds them together, instead, is that their strongest supporters are all very wealthy — and most of them are corporate. That’s usually the case with bills that survive today’s Congressional gauntlet; they ignore the people altogether, and are sometimes even against the public interest. Without fail, though, they’re supported by the kind of lobbyists and organizations with so much money (and so few principles) that they’re happy to donate to whomever holds power at the moment. Et voilà! bipartisanship.
So long as the structural flaw of the Constitution that [Senator Mitch McConnell] exploited — the accountability gap [I’d call it a link] between the functioning of the government and the public’s evaluation of the president — is not amended, any president who hopes to do something for the 99 percent without a super-majority in Congress is destined to fail. American government will remain a corrupt, unresponsive and plutocratic disaster.
The whole article is here.