Over the past decade, “Washington Scene” columns have addressed the gridlock that has resulted in Washington’s failure to address pressing yet seemingly insolvable domestic issues facing the nation. They focused, for example, on the spiraling $1.2 trillion student debt component of the $18 trillion national debt. They examined the danger of bank charter revocations due to criminal conviction facing those domestic and international financial institutions deemed “Too Big to Fail” that are already subject to “deferred prosecution agreements” resolving prior admitted criminal misconduct. They explored the willingness of many of our elected officials on both sides of the aisle to abandon previously adopted principled positions on subjects such as the Senate’s filibuster rules and the judicial confirmation process when they became politically inexpedient.
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