Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Democrats are copying Republican obstruction tactics. This won’t end well for the U.S.

Democrats are copying Republican obstruction tactics. This won’t end well for the U.S.

“No” is a word used too often by legislators. Faced with a tough vote, it’s easy to explain why you’re holding out for a different, better, competing idea. Maybe you object to a single provision. Maybe you hope that a more perfect bill will emerge after the next election. A “no” today protects you from having to take responsibility for controversial decisions tomorrow.

The problem, of course, is that our form of governance requires give and take, and solving big problems necessarily requires leaders to take political risks. The Constitution guarantees that competing interests have a role in crafting legislation. And for more than two centuries — except for the Civil War —...

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