What’s Ailing D.C.?

Perhaps the best word to describe today’s political atmosphere in Washington, D.C. is “tumultuous.” While our nation has faced various threats throughout history, the current political divide between Democrats and Republicans in Congress presents the biggest modern-day obstacle to improving our political system. What can America do to end this gridlock?

On Monday, Nov. 11, the UIAA proudly features former Iowa congressman and current UI law professor Jim Leach as he leads a discussion regarding the causes and consequences of what he considers the most unnecessary social division in U.S. history. According to Leach, the challenge is to advance decision-making in a way that all views can be respectfully considered. But is this possible in today’s toxic partisan atmosphere?

We hope you’ll join us for this interactive talk about a timely political issue. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Deadline to register is noon on Friday, Nov. 8.

To register today, click here.


Gridlock: A Debilitating Political Challenge

When: Monday, Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Cost: Free and open to the public

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One Comment

  1. Greg
    Posted November 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    This sounds dangerously like Congressman Leach will be setting false equivalence and blaming both sides. I wonder if Congressman Leach will mention that his former colleagues–including Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and Newt Gingrich–held a secret strategy meeting on the night of Pres. Obama’s first inauguration (January 20, 2009) to vote against everything, and to prevent up-or-down votes in the Senate, on *everything the President proposed,* regardless of how many GOP goals or policies were contained in the legislation. I wonder if he’ll mention Norman Ornstein’s book “It’s Much Worse Than You Think,” which points out the radical extremism of today’s GOP.

    Today’s House Republicans–and most of the Senate Republicans–want government to cease functioning. That is an explicit goal of theirs–to (in the words of Republican guru Grover Norquist) “drown the government in the bathtub.” You can’t “advance decision-making” or “respectfully consider all views” to get the government to function when the majority of the leadership of one party has the *explicit goal* to *prevent government from functioning.*

    Please, somebody ask Jim Leach about this. Please.

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