How did we get here? How did the House and the Senate, which these days can only be called "the world's greatest deliberative body" with ironic air-quotes, become so frustratingly unproductive? There's no single answer, of course. Partisanship and polarization among politicians and the American people as a whole have made honest negotiation and compromise politically fraught.
We want our lawyers to know the law inside out. We want our clergymen, our engineers, our farmers to bring the kind of proficiency and skill to their work that comes only with familiarity and practice. So here's a question. Why is it that the more expertise politicians' gain in their field, the more we deride them?