We’ve all heard of the great divide. The most dysfunctional Congress ever. The end of civility! There’s an impression that nothing passes Congress with bipartisan support anymore. That every piece of legislation has to pass along party lines, setting us up for bloodsport events each and every fucking election cycle. There’s a lot of truth to this. And yet, each year thousands of bills and resolutions are introduced and hundreds are eventually signed into law. We define ourselves along partisan lines, but perhaps we should look more closely at what bipartisan efforts say about America.
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Bill Primer: 00:05:22
Rule One: Protect the “free” market at all costs. 00:12:48
Coffee Break: 00:20:06
Rule Two: Protect the war machine. Even if we don’t have our own war. 00:21:36
Rule Three: Protect the war machine. In case you want to start a war. 00:29:02
Post Show Musings: 00:31:54
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