Posturing, Not Legislating

Congress puts vote getting above problem solving

The Democrats did it three weeks ago in San Francisco. The Republicans will do it in Dallas in two weeks. And during the interval, members of both parties in Congress are doing the same thing. Playing politics. With a vengeance. Even a Medici might marvel at the maneuvering on Capitol Hill, designed to take partisan advantage of every issue and to dazzle voters with a wondrous array of illusions and images. "Everyone is posturing," protests Democratic Congressman Leon Panetta of California. In the meantime, the legislators are willing to let the nation's urgent business be...

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