Beyond the shutdown: Bipartisan dysfunction masks a deeper crisis

Chuck Schumer; Donald Trump (Credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Getty/Ron Sachs)

According to the corporate media narrative, last weekend’s federal government shutdown was a quirky parlor game played by a political class using it to edge out a competitive advantage in the next election. That takes the sting out of this bipartisan betrayal of the public trust by putting it in the context of a national economy the media claims is humming along, with a stock market that, supposedly thanks to...

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