NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Both the Republicans and Democrats have jobs bills. Neither will pass, and this is our government. Both parties have moved so far from the middle that nothing gets done. They can't even get together on an issue on which they both agree such as immigration. We all see this. it's nothing new.
When and why did it become so extreme?
Republicans actually have a name to insult other Republicans who are not extreme enough: Rino, or Republican in name only. It's not limited to Republicans. Democrats have gathered the emails and names of everyone who has ever shown interest in the Democratic party and bombard these people with emails asking for political donations, trying to stir up the base against everything Republican.
Here's a recent email subject: "Hobby Lobby: Stand with us to fight back, (enter recipients name here)."
While the two sides have never seen eye to eye, it is interesting to see that they seem to be further apart than ever before. As money has entered the game, extremism has become the game. Lobbyists and Super PACs are now more powerful than constituents. We've allowed this to happen.
The Citizens United decision allowed corporations, association, labor unions, etc. to pool their money and form Super PACs. As this money has flowed towards different campaigns and political issues, it has polarized our government. Should any lawmaker go against the grain, he or she will no longer be in office. It's that simple. Money rules and no jobs bill will survive or be agreed upon.