Thursday, April 14, 2011

Are we ready for another 1 Party Government?

Back in the days of George H. W. Bush and Clinton, I can remember thinking "If only Congress and the President were from the same political party. So much more would get done!" Unfortunately, I was right. Both under President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, we have seen the presidency and the Congressional majority from the same party. And the results were the same - massive overreaching, no attempt at compromise, and ultimately a painful correction afterwards. Not to mention a clear incentive towards corruption, without any watchdogs around. My opinion has shifted and I believe a divided government - president from one party, congress from another (or split between parties) is the way to provide the best product from a republic like our own.

But some are already speculating that 2012 may see a Republican sweep with a super-majority in the Senate. Count me among those who would see that as a bad thing. Conservatives AND Liberals, Democrats AND Republicans need the loyal opposition to keep them honest and level-headed.


shadowmom1 said...

The Republicans would have to come up with a mighty candidate to defeat an incumbent Obama, unless something devastating happens.

Nomad said...

I actually disagree. "Live by the sword, die by the sword." President Obama was swept into office by a great rising tide of history. He could just as easily be swept back out by the tide going out. I don't get the sense his future is in his own hands.

That being said, I agree no Republican candidate has shown him or herself to be "presidential" yet.

CRCHAIR said...

I wonder if there is any way to break the cycle of guys going to Washington with goals to do things for the American People and then changing their goals to do what ever they need to do to get reelected.