Jim Moran

GOP shutdown meme: Democrats hate people

GOP shutdown meme: Democrats hate people

Much of what happens in Congress isn't about governing or setting policy, it's about creating campaign issues for the next election. That's because the No. 1 item on the legislative agenda is determining who'll get to set the legislative agenda.

As lamentable as that may be, there's a good reason for it. House rules give the majority tremendous power to stifle the minority. And in the Senate, the majority can wield absolute control over what gets debated and legislated, although the filibuster effectively gives the minority veto power over anything the majority tries to pass.

Anyway, the House GOP has spent the last three days not trying to end the partial government...