Ever suspected our lawmakers are, deep down, a bunch of children out to push each others’ buttons? Here’s the proof. The Washington Post reports that a Harvard professor found 27 percent of the time, members of “the world’s greatest deliberative body” are just taunting one another.
It sounds like an Onion headline, but it’s true. Professor Gary King analyzed 64,000 press releases from senators, and though he expected to find some chops-busting, the sheer amount was “jarring and surprising.” As he told the Post:
The entire federal government may go bankrupt, I guess. This week, right? We probably want our representatives to be listening to each other rather than calling each other names.
(And it’s worth noting that the Senate is seen as the more civil chamber of Congress. Who knows what Prof. King would find in the House.)
So if you’re furloughed next week and wondering why our esteemed statesmen can’t even pass a simple budget, now you know why.
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