By Fareed Zakaria
There are many who argue that Washington, isn't really broken, it simply represents a country that is deeply divided. If so, the we are talking about provide a useful set of tests. Thumping majorities of Americans support immigration reform. According to a recent Gallup poll, 72 percent say undocumented workers should be given green cards or citizenship. A similar percentage wants to give more visas to high-tech workers. Or look at gun control – a recent Pew poll showed large majorities favor commonsense controls: universal background checks; preventing those with mental illnesses from buying guns; bans on semiautomatic and assault-style weapons.
In a large, diverse democracy, these are substantial majorities. But will they translate into legislative majorities in Congress? If not, it suggests there is a real disconnect between the country and its capital.
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