"A bizarro world of ideological polarization"

Our instructor Dmitri Mitin comments on the U.S. government shutdown

News from Oct 07, 2013

IR Online and EES Online faculty member Dmitri Mitin from the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University comments on the current US government shutdown: "It doesn’t save money and is unlikely to induce greater efficiency.  Quite on the contrary, mothballing select governmental activities ends up costing more than keeping them running uninterrupted.  This is a good example of political brinkmanship trumping responsible judgment.  Incidentally, the House of Representatives unanimously (!) voted in favor of compensating furloughed federal employees.  Paying people to stay at home, rather than earn their wage makes good sense in the bizarro world of ideological polarization."

Dmitri Mitin

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