Why Washington Doesn't Work

Republican Senator Warren Rudman is quitting because even though politicians know what to do about the nation's problems, they are afraid to lead

Q. You're considered one of the most influential, effective Senators. Why are you retiring?

A. I am very frustrated with the inability of Congress to accomplish a great deal. Congress is not addressing fundamental issues. The one I've talked about the most is the deficit, and the fact that we are about to enter an era of annual $400 billion to $500 billion deficits, which will truly wreck the country. I mean, we will be facing a situation at the end of this century that will be not very pretty to look at financially. We will have foreign governments in a...

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