July 9, 2012 12:00 AM

Polarized Congress relying mostly on short-term fixes

Call it government by lurching. Much of what Congress does now is temporary fixes. Lower student loan rates, but only for a year. Massive tax cuts that expire in December. Transportation funding, but only for two years. Not to mention a federal budget that probably won’t be completed the way it should, or the wrenching decision to raise the nation’s debt limit, likely to be repeated again early next year.

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