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Why Congress Loves A Crisis

by Floyd G. Brown,

Merriam-Webster defines a crisis as: “A crucial or decisive point or situation; a turning point, or an unstable condition, as in political, social, or economic affairs, involving an impending abrupt or decisive change.”

Washington, D.C. loves a crisis. There’s nothing like impending doom to effectively showcase your power. In a full-blown crisis, a legislator can imagine themselves as a “leader,” valiantly riding to the rescue of the oppressed.

But the nation isn’t always in a state of turmoil. So what does Congress do when they need a crisis? They invent one. The latest is the “student loan crisis.” This crisis had been solved. But this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stepped in and reignited the drama by blocking the carefully negotiated bipartisan solution.

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