Rudalevige on Government Shutdown

Andrew Rudalevige

Andrew Rudalevige

The Huffington Post consulted Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige for his perspective on next week’s possible government shutdown. Journalist Dan Froomkin writes:

Calling what Congress is doing hostage-taking isn’t really fair  to hostage-takers, said Andrew Rudalevige, a government professor at Bowdoin College. That’s because a criminal’s job is to take things and get away, and hostages can be a means to that end, he explained. By contrast, Congress’ main job “is making sure the government operates and is stable.” Therefore, Rudalevige concluded: “Hostage-takers are doing their job, however perverse that is, while the Congress is not.”

The article continues:

Rudalevige said bargaining and negotiating are always part of the process. “But now you actually have people who affirmatively don’t want the government to operate,” he said.

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