Paul Krugman, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning economist and lightning-rod liberal columnist for The New York Times, wrote this week that America is heading down a path that mirrors not the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, but rather the dissolution of 18th century Poland. 

At the crux of his argument is that America, like Poland, is becoming essentially ungovernable because of a belligerent legislative body that has nearly ceased to function. In Poland, the culprit was called the Sejm. In America, it’s called the Senate.

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