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Was 2011 One of the Worst Years for the U.S. Government in American History?

Was 2011 One of the Worst Years for the U.S. Government in American History?

With a number of high-stakes standoffs and increasingly vitriolic political rhetoric, 2011 has been far from Washington's brightest year. Congressional approval hit an all-time low, with President Obama channeling President Truman by calling it a "do-nothing Congress." However, many Republicans blamed Obama for lack of leadership as the GOP House and the Democratic Senate struggled to compromise. The year has offered many low points, with multiple near-government shutdowns and the failure of the deficit-reduction "super committee," yet how low did the U.S. government sink compared to years past? Was 2011 one of the worst years for the U.S. government in American history? Here is the Debate Club's take:


The Arguments

#1
47 Pts
2011 Not the Very Worst, But Definitely in the Bottom 10

Yes – 2011 Not the Very Worst, But Definitely in the Bottom 10

William A. Galston Former Policy Adviser to President Clinton

#2
45 Pts
The United States Has Seen Much Worse

No – The United States Has Seen Much Worse

Lara Brown Professor at Villanova University


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