The Comic Opera of Government Shutdown

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The distance between America's fiscal problem and the capacity of its politicians to confront it intelligently just seems to get wider. So I ague in a new column for the Financial Times.

As the country's companies and workers wrestle with deep and urgent economic problems, its leaders perform their comic opera of avoiding a shutdown - a crisis of their own devising, a figment of their pathological machinations.

Good for Joe Manchin, though.

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