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Author Allen, Thomas H. (Thomas Hodge), 1945-

Title Dangerous convictions : what's really wrong with the U.S. Congress / Tom Allen.

Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, USA, c2013.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    328.73 ALL    Available
Description xi, 236 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [213]-223) and index.
Contents Chapter One: Early Lessons in Congress -- Chapter Two: The Federal Budget: Faith-Based Economics -- Chapter Three: Iraq: Evidence Doesn't Matter -- Chapter Four: Health Care: Taking Care of Business -- Chapter Five: Climate Change and the Environment -- Chapter Six: The Sources of Polarization -- Chapter Seven: Finding a Path to Recovery.
Summary "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. "-- Provided by publisher.
Subject United States. Congress -- History -- 21st century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-
United States -- Economic policy -- 2009-
ISBN 9780199931989 (hardback)
0199931984 (hardback)

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