May 1, 2013, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | The Hamilton
Could Washington be better called Dysfunction Junction? Are the blockages that stand in the way of sound policymaking failures of individual legislators and presidents? Or are they rooted in the structure of the U.S. political system? Do the anti-majoritarian aspects of Congress--filibuster rules in the Senate, gerrymandering in the House, and so on--represent a system that is broken, or do they create a surprising strength and resilience in the American idea? What, if anything, should be done to reform the way politics works? Wonkblog’s Ezra Klein argues that Washington’s problems are profound, and structural--and three top policy minds of varying ideological persuasions go to bat for a lively debate on how Washington works, doesn’t work, and should work.
Ezra Klein on the American political systemAt the Wonkblog debate, Ezra Klein says, “We have throughout time always been tweaking the American political system to make it work a better...now, the system has changed in ways we didn’t intend it to.”