Can Congress still solve big problems?

Though there have been some encouraging signals on immigration reform, the idea that the government can, will or even wants to come together to solve big issues is seeming like a total fallacy, Chris Cillizza wrote in the Washington Post. One reason is that the overwhelming majority of GOP House members come from heavily Republican districts and have a disincentive to compromise. “The only danger for most GOP members of the House is in a primary, not a general election,” Cillizza wrote. “And the best way to avoid a primary is to hold the ideological line on anything and everything.” Other factors that make a “grand bargain” unlikely are that polarization among the public is at an all-time high, according to polls, and Republicans lack a clear leader for negotiations.