The System Worked-Mostly

Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

Whether or not you like the debt deal--and few people do--it does show that our constitutional system worked. Mostly, it's a messy, messy process, but the separation of powers built into the Constitution was designed to force compromise and allow a minority view to become the majoritarian policy. Here, we had one-half of one-third of the federal government (that is, the House) steering the entire ship. And it was a minority of the House to boot. For the past few decades, scholars have worried about the increasing power of the Executive Branch--not an issue in this case.

But just because the...

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