Fareed Zakaria is basically saying in the clip below that since the President doesn’t control the legislature, we are paralyzed and therefore can’t fix our problems; we have gridlock. He claims that the S&P downgraded us for that very reason and he is suggesting that we move over to a parliamentary system instead, where the president controls both the executive and the legislature:
What he fails to mention is that S&P downgraded us because the plan signed by the president doesn’t really address any of our fiscal problems. This is directly from their report:
The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics.
They go on to say that the problem is the rising debt and entitlements and our inability to address either of the two in a substantive way. So the problem isn’t so much that we have gridlock, but that we have a radical leftist party that is absolutely unwilling to make substantive cuts to spending and reforms to our entitlements.
But let me point something else out to Zakaria. America voted for gridlock in 2010. We elected Republicans to the House to stop the reckless spending by this president and his prior Democrat congress. The problem isn’t that we have gridlock, but as I’ve pointed out before, that we have a leftist party who seeks to undermine the Constitution of the United States that they swore to uphold. And it seems that you are helping them with their cause, Fareed.
We don’t want a parliamentary system in America. We want people who swear to uphold the Constitution to do so. If you don’t like that, you can take your anti-American ideas and head for the exits. And take CNN with you.
Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters did a great job at taking apart the specifics of what Fareed was advocating for in this video. I highly recommend you go read his analysis as he is a master dismantling fools like Fareed Zakaria.