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Congress: So You Still Think Education Is Bipartisan, Do You?

Agreement-groups-in-the-US-625x565There's a group of reform types who have long liked to claim that education is a special area of policymaking in that it's especially bipartisan.  

Well, I've never thought that was particularly true -- even 20 years ago before things got especially ugly there were plenty of partisan cheap shots and ideological obstacles.  

This cool new interactive infographic (Agreement Groups in the United States Senate) shows just how separate most Republicans and Democrats are and have been for a long time now (overall, not on education in particular).  Mostly I just thought it was a cool graphic.

Are you not entertained?  Then check out Ezra Klein's analysis of what a second Obama administration would be able to accomplish with a Republican Congress (which is what we're most likely to get).   He seems to think that Republicans would be deflated by failing to win the White House.  I think they'd be psyched to be able to pass all sorts of new laws and dare Obama to veto.  



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Well, this congress was a Republican one. And what we saw instead was Obama and Congress on different ends of a proverbial rope, waiting for one or the other to give. I think it was, in fact, the least productive Congress in American history.

I, for one, don’t see that changing. If Obama makes it to a second term, and given the current state of the GOP, it’s likely he will, I can’t see things happening any differently than they do now. You can see just how divided everyone still is in that chart... it would be nice for them to start, at the very least, accepting that they think differently. And compromising.

And while I’m dreaming, let’s balance the budget and make peace with the Middle East.

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