The myth of divided government
Is there anything good that has come from the last two years of deadlocked government in Washington? Will our current “My way or no way, no compromise” political culture have any beneficial result?
Maybe it is this: the myth that a divided and deadlocked government is a good thing for our country, that myth is dead.
We have heard that myth from some pretty smart people, though mostly by those who think government is the worst enemy of our country. Their myth-making goes something like this: “When Congress and the president are from different parties, they do not agree on much. So there are fewer new laws, programs, and regulations, which drive up the costs of doing business or operating the government.”
Writing in 2003, the late William A. Niskanen, then chairman of the Cato Institute and ...