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Brendan Keenan: Europe looking at our problem with one eye on their ballot box

Published 31/03/2011 | 05:00

AMERICANS will sometimes say how they envy the power of a parliamentary government with a majority, which can simply decide what it wants to do, and goes and does it.

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None of that frustrating US separation of powers stuff, which allows President and Congress to bang everything back and forwards, changing them as they go along.

Pretty crude it can be, too. Mr Obama had to deliver specific advantages to the constituencies of various Congresspersons to get his healthcare reform through, and that is how it usually is.

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