Who’s to blame for the shutdown? The Constitution, for starters

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: A copy of former President George Washington's personal copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights is viewed at Christie's auction house on June 15, 2012 in New York City. The artifact, which is signed and has notes by Washington, will be put up for auction on June 22 and is expected to sell for $2 million to $3 million. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


Why you should blame the Constitution for the shutdown

Angry over the government shutdown? Blame James Madison.As the chief architect of the U.S. Constitution, Madison shares some of the blame for the standoff between Congress and the White House right now over the shutdown and the need to raise the debt ceiling.(A quick recap: Parts of the government, such as national parks, are shut down because the House won't pass a spending bill unless it is tied to delaying the health care law or other conditions that the Senate …

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