The Resource Dangerous convictions : whats really wrong with the U.S. Congress, Tom Allen, (electronic resource/)

Dangerous convictions : whats really wrong with the U.S. Congress, Tom Allen, (electronic resource/)

Label
Dangerous convictions : whats really wrong with the U.S. Congress
Title
Dangerous convictions
Title remainder
whats really wrong with the U.S. Congress
Statement of responsibility
Tom Allen
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The debt-ceiling debacle of 2011 was clear evidence of the dangerous polarization of American politics. Heedless of the warnings of economists, a majority of Republicans in the House refused to allow the Treasury to borrow enough money to pay for spending already ordered by Congress. The government avoided a catastrophic default only by unprecedented legislative contortions. The debt ceiling fight also showed that the two parties simply dont understand each other. In Dangerous Convictions, former Democratic Congressman Tom Allen, explains how beneath the surface of our political debates, the incompatible world views of the two parties have turned Congress into a dysfunctional body. Years of listening to what seemed to me to be preposterous arguments in committee, on the House floor, or in private conversations, he writes, changed my mind about our capacity to find bipartisan agreement on the most fundamental topics. Likewise, most Republican Members of Congress gave no credence to Democratic arguments on budget and tax issues, health care, and climate change. Allen argues that smaller government, lower taxes in all times and circumstances is not an economic policy, but an ideological barrier to meaningful debate and the simplest compromises. In the last thirty years, he suggests, Republicans and Democrats have been speaking different languages; GOP Members increasingly see government as a threat to personal liberty, while Democrats continue to believe it can be a vehicle to expand opportunity and serve the common good. Combining personal experience with the insights of George Lakoff, Norman Ornstein, Robert Bellah, Isaiah Berlin, and many others, Allen explains why we need to understand the ideological conflict and escape its grip--and allow Congress to work productively on our 21st century challenges--
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Dewey number
328.73
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK275
LC item number
.A55 2013eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Dangerous convictions : whats really wrong with the U.S. Congress, Tom Allen, (electronic resource/)
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-223) and index
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Early lessons in Congress -- The federal budget: faith-based economics -- Iraq: evidence doesnt matter -- Health care: principle before people -- Climate change: denial as public policy -- The sources of polarization -- Finding a path to recovery
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ocn839301762
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unknown
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1 online resource (access may be restricted)
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unknown
Form of item
online
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Access restricted to subscribing institution
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Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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not applicable
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unknown
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Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
476942
Label
Dangerous convictions : whats really wrong with the U.S. Congress, Tom Allen, (electronic resource/)
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-223) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Early lessons in Congress -- The federal budget: faith-based economics -- Iraq: evidence doesnt matter -- Health care: principle before people -- Climate change: denial as public policy -- The sources of polarization -- Finding a path to recovery
Control code
ocn839301762
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (access may be restricted)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institution
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
476942

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