Sen. Tom Harkin to Congress: “We are at one of the most dangerous points in our history.”
by Matt Berman, NationalJournal.com:
As the clock ticks down toward a possible government shutdown, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, isn’t holding back.
On the Senate floor before 10 a.m. Friday, the senator gave a speech describing how American politics have reached the level at which “a small group of willful men and women who have a certain ideology” —read: the tea party and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas—have been able to take over the congressional budget debate in the last week.
It’s dangerous. It’s very dangerous. I believe, Mr. President, we are at one of the most dangerous points in our history right now. Every bit as dangerous as the break-up of the Union before the Civil War.
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