The Congress: The Do-Nothingest

Ordinarily, the Easter season is a time for the members of the U.S. Congress to declare a recess, go back home, mingle with the voters, and talk about their legislative record so far. This year they will go home, but they will not have much to talk about: the 88th Congress in its second session is perhaps the do-nothingest in history.

In three months Congress has filibustered, fulminated, frittered around—and passed precisely one bill that might by any stretch of the imagination be considered major. That was a four-year extension of the military draft, which cleared both houses with little...

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