Thursday 24 August 2017

Video: 'No we cannot' -- Obama's hands tied as Congress faces paralysis

Obama: does not want short-term debt ceiling rise. Photo: Getty Images
Obama: does not want short-term debt ceiling rise. Photo: Getty Images

Tim Reid

THE debt limit impasse in Washington, where a polarised Congress is struggling to avert an imminent US default, points to a deeper crisis -- America may be entering an age of political paralysis.

President Barack Obama's ability to get any significant legislation passed before next November's election is all but gone and whoever sits in the White House in 2013 will likely face a Congress unable to tackle major issues.

"A crisis of governance -- born of decades of gerrymandering, polarisation and exploding deficits -- could persist in the short term and may last for a decade," said James Thurber of American University's Centre for Congressional and Presidential Studies.

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