McKenna Calls United States Government Dysfunctional

Posted on Saturday, October 01 at 12:32 by nancymarie
"But it was anticipated that it would be established as a country in which there would be a check and balance on the exercise of power. And I can tell you categorically that what has been institutionalized instead is total gridlock. The government of the United States is, in large measure, dysfunctional." He said one senator there has 75 staff members, which shows that U.S. policymaking is "so complex that even people who work within government need help to navigate through it." David Wilkins, the American envoy to Canada, appeared to take his counterpart's speech to a joint meeting of the Empire Club of Canada and the Canadian Club of Toronto in stride. Following the address, Mr. Wilkins told reporters that Mr. McKenna is "a great orator and he's a good friend and he gave a pretty compelling speech about the attributes of Canada." Mr. Wilkins said he has been warmly received in Canada, adding: "The United States is a beacon of light for so many people throughout the world. I could not be prouder of my country and I, quite frankly, did not take personally the remarks of Mr. McKenna in any way, period." However, at the outset of yesterday's address, he said: "I am so tired of talking about softwood lumber. I just want a break for one day." http://www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=22401388-5c1c-4bbd-99da-f8cfdfd45ac5

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