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  • Thank Gridlock for Economic Turnaround: Government promotes recovery by keeping out of the way

    01/03/2015 6:39:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/03/2015 | David Harsanyi
    The Obama Boom is finally here. Gross domestic product grew by a healthy 5 percent in the third quarter, the strongest growth we’ve seen since 2003. Consumer spending looks as if it’s going to be strong in 2015. Unemployment numbers have looked good. Buying power is up. And the Dow Jones Industrials closed at 18,000 for the first time ever. All good things. So what happened? Here’s David Axelrod on Twitter: “Note: The quarter before Obama took office, the U.S. economy SHRUNK by 8.9 percent, worst since 1930. Last quarter it GREW by 5 percent, best since 2003.” Note:...
  • Why Aren’t We Thanking ‘Gridlock’ For Saving The Economy?

    12/31/2014 10:39:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/31/2014 | By David Harsanyi
    The Obama Boom is finally here. Gross domestic product grew by a healthy 5 percent in the third quarter, the strongest growth we’ve seen since 2003. Consumer spending looks like it’s going to be strong in 2015, unemployment numbers have looked good, buying power is up and the stock market closed at 18,000 for the first time ever. All good things. So what happened? Note: The quarter before Obama took office, the U.S. economy SHRUNK by 8.9%, worst since 1930. Last quarter it GREW by 5%, best since 2003.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) December 24, 2014 Note: Contrasting the most severe...
  • With a Big GOP Wave, Americans Voted for More Gridlock—And They Knew What They Wanted

    11/05/2014 9:33:28 PM PST · by Colofornian · 31 replies ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | J.D. Tucille
    On election night, TV talking heads watching the Republican wave/surge/tidal flow across the country earnestly looked at each other and asked if the new Republican Senate majority can work with the president and overcome the gridlock that has so turned off voters. Umm...what? Yeah, I know Americans keep telling pollsters that they can't stand "partisan bickering" and really hate Congress for its inability to get things done. But there's a strong hint that they're regurgitating sentiments that all of those right-thinking pundits tell them that they're supposed to mouth. After all, those same Americans just handed control of the Senate...
  • The Democrats Have Two Choices Now: Gridlock or Annihilation [Personally 'pro-choice' on that one!]

    11/05/2014 9:11:39 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | Jonathan Chait
    A cardinal fact of American politics that has emerged during the Obama years is that demographic forces are slowly and inexorably driving the electorate leftward. But the Republican Party has its own corresponding advantages. Its voters turn out for elections reliably, not just in spasms of quadrennial excitement. They are dispersed efficiently in rural and exurban House districts, and reside disproportionately in small states that have more per capita voting power in the Senate... The midterm a grim reality for liberals. The Democratic presidential majority is a fragile asset, and its value as a driver of positive change is...
  • Cancel the Midterms

    11/03/2014 4:12:18 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 161 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 3, 2014 | David Schanzer and Jay Sullivan
    By Tuesday night about 90 million Americans will have cast ballots in an election that’s almost certain to create greater partisan divisions, increase gridlock and render governance of our complex nation even more difficult. Ninety million sounds like a lot, but that means that less than 40 percent of the electorate will bother to vote... The main impact of the midterm election in the modern era has been to weaken the president, the only government official (other than the powerless vice president) elected by the entire nation. Since the end of World War II, the president’s party has on average...
  • Issues - Greg Orman for Senate

    09/03/2014 5:27:06 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    I decided to run for the United States Senate to represent Kansas as an Independent because I know that Washington is broken. We’re sending the worst of both parties to Washington and we know it. For too long, we’ve elected politicians who continue this broken system that caters to special interests and the extremists in their own parties rather than solving problems of the people who elect them. Unfortunately all that’s led to is a Congress that can’t get anything done. (SNIP) Finally, our policy must also be fair to taxpayers. The 11 million undocumented individuals in America should be...
  • Do Nothing House Passed More Than 350 Bills That Sit on Harry Reid’s Desk

    08/03/2014 6:51:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8-1-2014 | Mike Opelka
    Blackburn told TheBlaze that 356 bills made it through the House and are languishing in the Senate. Additionally, according to the congresswoman, 98 percent of those bills were passed with bipartisan support. She also pointed out that 200 of the bills were passed in the House with unanimous support from the entire chamber and more than 100 were passed with 75% support of House Democrats. To make her point that the House is working, but the Senate is where the obstruction exists, Blackburn printed all of the bills that the House has passed and stacked them on a desk with...
  • WaPo Discovers Obama’s ‘Year of Action’ is Anything But

    08/02/2014 5:49:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | August 2, 2014 | Courtney O'Brien
    resident Obama had a lot of lofty goals in his State of the Union speech earlier this year. He declared it would be a ‘year of action’ - meaning if Congress didn’t get things done, he would. Yet, seven months later, he doesn’t have much to justify his ambitious rhetoric. Minimum Wage Obama had hopes to raise the minimum wage to $10.10/hour for federal contract workers. January 2014: “Say yes! Give America a raise!” (accompanied by a standing ovation.) July 2014: “But despite his renewed calls for lawmakers to broaden pay talks, the federal minimum wage has remained untouched, at...
  • Bipartisanship is Alive and Well, but not in the Obama White House

    08/01/2014 6:53:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | August 1, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Bipartisanship is dead. That's the conventional wisdom, and there's a lot of evidence to support it. But there's evidence to the contrary as well. On two important issues, veterans' health and job training, congressional Republicans and Democrats have, with little notice, reached constructive bipartisan agreements. These are both issues on which everyone agrees government should be involved. The country certainly owes something to veterans. And no one's proposing to eliminate job training programs altogether. But government is also not doing a good job on either. The Veterans Affairs Department scandals have revealed a culture of lying and incompetence that comes...
  • Ted Cruz’s nerve to blame Democrats [columnist runs interference for Obama and Reid - fails]

    07/30/2014 2:54:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 29, 2014 | Ruth Marcus
    The Texas Republican gave an interview to NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell the other day, during which he was asked about political dysfunction in Washington. Without a trace of irony, embarrassment or self-awareness, Cruz placed the blame for political dysfunction solely on Democrats. [SNIP] Agreed, the president’s dismissive balking at a border visit — he disdained a mere “photo op” — was dumb, if only because it offered ammunition to Cruz and company.... ....Second is the current crisis on the southwestern border. There is a fair criticism that the administration waited too long to respond to the flood of unaccompanied minors. But...
  • Reid backtracks on money votes (Exempt Dingy frightened about 2014 election)

    07/09/2014 4:38:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/09/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has upset some Democratic senators by backtracking on his commitment to put spending bills on the floor this summer. The broken promise is not sitting well with appropriators, but Democratic sources point to the November elections, noting appropriations bills attract a slew of controversial amendments. Keeping the legislation off the floor shields vulnerable Democrats from taking tough votes that could be used in campaign ads this fall. Reid told Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) earlier this year that he would set aside June and July for debating appropriations bills on the floor, but...
  • The Constitutional Case for Gridlock

    06/27/2014 6:43:05 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 25, 2014 | David Corbin and Matthew Parks
    The Pew Research Center published its latest survey of partisanship in American politics this past week–and with it issued another of its regular warnings about the consequences of our contemporary political polarization. The report begins with the following finding: The overall share of Americans who express consistently conservative or consistently liberal opinions has doubled over the past two decades from 10% to 21%. And ideological thinking is now much more closely aligned with partisanship than in the past. As a result, ideological overlap between the two parties has diminished: Today, 92% of Republicans are to the right of the median...
  • SoCal Double Whammy - Obama at Angel Stadium - Jane Fonda at UCLA today

    06/13/2014 8:33:32 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 16 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 6/13/2014 | Loud Mime
    It's truly an unlucky Friday the 13th if you live in the Orange County/L.A. area. Two great icons of liberalism are fixin' to snarl up traffic and bring great inconveniences to our area as they speak at two graduations. President Barack Obama will be reading from his teleprompter at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. The city of Anaheim has posted their guidelines HERE Jane Fonda will be delivering her performance at UCLA's graduation. The message delivered to the graduates is interesting. You can be a success if you can read lines. Otherwise, good luck!
  • Dividing one nation into pieces [government gridlock]

    03/31/2014 4:37:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 31, 2014 | Judd Gregg
    In the past, those at the political fringe were limited in their ability to communicate beyond their cliques. Now, with social media, the shouters on the left and the right have taken center stage with the largest megaphone in history, the Internet.USA Today proclaimed in a front-page headline last week that Americans are not all that upset the federal government is functioning at a dead slow pace. “More Americans say polarization in Congress is good,” the newspaper proclaimed. There can be no question that there is today, and always has been, a substantial group of folks, mostly conservative, who think...
  • Brookings study points to Harry Reid and Senate Democrats as source of gridlock

    01/16/2014 1:29:35 PM PST · by EBH · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/14/2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Brookings Institution scholars, inspired by baseball statistics, conducted an analysis of the 113th Congress that points rather directly at the Democrat-controlled Senate as a the locus of congressional gridlock. The analysis opens with the observation that the House, contrary to expectation, passed twice as many bills as the Senate in 2013. Why? Because of the Senate committee process. "When we look at this category, then, we begin to understand where the problem lies: even in the traditionally collegial Senate, 87 percent of bills die in committee," Molly Jackman and Saul Jackman, of Brookings, and Brian Boessenecker write in Politico. "While...
  • American People First

    01/16/2014 5:07:40 AM PST · by Kaslin ^ | January 16, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    The start of the year is when many companies, organizations, families and people review their plans and their priorities. This process often includes deciding where they should focus their time, energy and effort, and how to judge, at year's end, whether they have succeeded. Planning is most successful when it is built on the priorities, opportunities and problems that need to be addressed. If the biggest problem one has is health, then health should be the focus. If a person is in good health, but cannot meet his or her financial obligations, then the key priority would be finance --...
  • Why Are Stock Markets Up? They Love Washington Gridlock

    05/20/2013 6:42:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    RCM ^ | 05/20/2013 | Jeffrey Dorfman
    Many commentators have wondered why the stock market has done so well during a period when the economy has been relatively weak. A common explanation has been that the Federal Reserve has pushed interest rates so low that investors have little choice but to buy stocks in hopes of returns that exceed inflation. There is some truth to that, but another reason is the gridlock on Capitol Hill. A poorly kept secret is that almost all laws are bad for business. Some regulation is necessary. Clear rules are beneficial to business. But changing regulations frequently is bad for business and...
  • Should the US Switch to a Parliamentary System? (This Question Hasn't Been Asked Since Jimmy Carter)

    04/23/2013 6:28:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    Pacific Standard Magazine ^ | April 9, 2013 | Seth Masket
    Institutions Worthy of Our Parties: Should the U.S. Switch to a Parliamentary System? Efforts to curb legislative partisanship have weak track records, so maybe we should consider changing the other side of the equation in order to establish a government that can actually get things done. Rick Hasen has a really interesting paper up discussing partisan polarization and the possibility of changing the Constitution to deal with it. (And you should really read Jonathan Bernstein’s response, too.) Hasen starts off by asking whether we should be considering moving toward a more parliamentary style of government. It’s a fair question. We...
  • What Would a President Romney Do?

    02/22/2013 8:16:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/22/2013
    For those convinced that President Obama doesn’t deserve any blame for the fiscal gridlock, let’s do a thought experiment. Let’s imagine that Mitt Romney was elected president, and was dealing with the same Congress that Obama has faced so much trouble in getting legislation to avert sequestration and myriad fiscal emergencies. Would a President Romney be confronting the same crisis? It’s impossible to know for sure, but a look at Romney’s compromising tendencies with a Democratic Legislature as governor of Massachusetts suggest that things would look very different. Romney cut his business and political profile as a deal-maker, reaching bipartisan...
  • Clint Eastwood: If DC doesn't 'give a damn,' how can we?

    02/08/2013 9:18:46 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8 Feb 13 | Becky Quick
    Hollywood legend and Republican supporter Clint Eastwood told CNBC that Washington gridlock is sending the nation racing towards another contentious debt deadline. "It's almost like they don't give a damn," he said, in a "Squawk Box" interview that aired Friday. The Oscar-winning director who's also known for his tough-guy roles asked rhetorically, "If they don't give a damn, why did they expect anybody else to?" Advertise | AdChoices With the deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" barely in the rearview mirror, President Barack Obama and Republican leaders are on the clock again, scrambling to compromise on a package to...
  • Freep a Poll!

    11/07/2012 3:17:18 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies ^ | 11-7-12 | Fox News
    Do you expect more or less gridlock in Washington after Tuesday's election results? More gridlock -- the balance of power is the same, as are the divisions Less gridlock -- with no major election for two years, the parties have to work together
  • Reid: 'Laughable' for Romney to think Dems will pass his agenda (premeditated gridlock)

    11/03/2012 2:16:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/02/12 | Mike Lillis
    Reid: 'Laughable' for Romney to think Dems will pass his agendaBy Mike Lillis - 11/02/12 03:56 PM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned Mitt Romney this week that upper-chamber Democrats would be no rubber stamp for Republican ideals if the GOP contender wins the White House next Tuesday. The Nevada Democrat is pushing back against Romney's claims that he's better able to break Washington's partisan gridlock because he could work with congressional Democrats in ways President Obama wasn't able to work with Republicans. The notion of working across the aisle has emerged as a key selling point for Romney,...
  • Harry Reid's Graveyard (Senate Democrats are promising pre-emptive gridlock for 2013)

    10/29/2012 6:47:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Even if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win on November 6, his agenda will be stymied if Republicans can't pick up at least three more seats than their current 47 and control the Senate. That's clear from the last two years, when Harry Reid's not-so-deliberative body became the graveyard for fiscal and other reform. House Republicans won an historic midterm election in 2010, picking up 63 seats. They also gained six Senate seats, but a handful of weak GOP candidates (Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, Christine O'Donnell) cost them control of the upper body. Back in charge in 2011, Mr. Reid...
  • Harry Reid's ongoing war on Nevadans (gridlock)

    10/14/2012 5:40:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Link only - Harry Reid's ongoing war on Nevadans
  • Obama says fatherhood trumps schmoozing

    09/02/2012 9:07:07 PM PDT · by jyro · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun September 2, 2012 | Jessica Yellin
    Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) -- President Barack Obama dismissed criticism he doesn't spend enough time developing relationships with Washington deal-makers who can help push his agenda forward. In an exclusive interview with CNN chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin, Obama said he is determined to make time for his family. "Sometimes Michelle and I not doing the circuit and going out to dinners with folks is perceived as us being cool," Obama said. "It actually really has more to do with us being parents." The president has been criticized from all sides for failing to achieve more bipartisanship, especially given...
  • Bad, Bad Republicans

    07/02/2012 4:31:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 2, 2012 | James Piereson
    "It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism" - By Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein ......The authors are two Washington insiders masquerading as "scholars" and, judging by their book, partisan Democrats pretending to be "independents" or "centrists." Both Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein have worked in D. C. for more than three decades, and, for the past quarter century, have maintained positions as senior fellows and congressional experts... This is a bad book in every way that a book can be bad. It is misleading, simplistic...
  • In Praise of Polarization

    06/07/2012 7:57:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | June 7, 2012 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Frankly, I wish the Pew Research Center would occasionally keep its thoughts to itself. Sometimes those thoughts are merely insipid and beneath the attention of serious minds. Sometimes they are alarming and capable of stirring up an already excitable populace. There is talk of cannibalism being practiced by the criminal element. There is Lady Gaga. These are worrisome times. Yet the Pew Research Center has gone and done it again. The Center released a study Monday that employed exhaustive polling and ingenious charts to render my fellow Americans restive, or so it seems. The Pew Research Center's overall...
  • Courtesy of the NATO Summit: Slowdowns, Shutdowns, and Patdowns

    05/14/2012 9:05:18 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | John F. Di Leo
    For much of human history, world leaders never met each other. Oh, they might have met on the field of battle, or at the arranged weddings of their children… but for the most part, rulers didn’t meet unless they ruled neighboring countries. The world was simply too big a place, distances too great, the burdens of monarchy too demanding, to risk a three or six month voyage. You might not have a throne to return to, by the time you returned. So they invented diplomats. Nations would appoint permanent ambassadors, or at least temporary envoys, to visit other heads of...
  • Maryland faces special session or ‘doomsday’

    04/11/2012 12:03:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday that the General Assembly’s failure to pass a set of tax increases and revenue enhancements considered a cornerstone of this year’s budget marked “the low point” of his five years in office. Lawmakers ran out of time on the measures when the session expired at midnight Monday, causing a so-called “doomsday budget” to go into effect. The state is facing some $512 million in cuts starting July 1 unless the governor calls a special session before then to generate more revenue and reverse budget cuts, which he seems likely to do. But...
  • Obama in weekly address rails against gridlock

    01/28/2012 8:54:27 AM PST · by Qbert · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/28/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    President Barack Obama turned up the heat on the GOP Saturday, sounding a now-familiar refrain about obstructionist tactics by congressional Republicans and holding up as an example a pledge by one senator to block presidential nominations until the president gives in to his demands. “We weren’t sent here to wage perpetual political campaigns against each other. We were sent here to serve the American people. And they deserve better than gridlock and games,” Obama said in his weekly address to the nation. “One senator gumming up the whole works for the entire country is certainly not what our founding fathers...
  • Gridlock expected as Obama fund-raiser coincides with tree lighting

    11/24/2011 6:29:08 AM PST · by Salgak · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | Nov. 24, 2011 | SALLY GOLDENBERG
    (Excerpt) President Obama has an unwelcome holiday gift for New Yorkers — he’ll be coming to Midtown the same day the streets will be impossibly clogged by the Rockefeller Plaza tree-lighting ceremony. He has picked Wednesday, one of the busiest gridlock-alert days of the year, to descend on the area with his motorcade for a fund-raiser and party. While throngs squeeze into the blocks around Rockefeller Center, where teen heartthrob Justin Bieber will be performing, the president and his entourage will be just a few blocks away at the Sheraton New York Hotel. It’ll be the double whammy of all...
  • Democrats' Pelosi: Party will fight hard to defeat GOP Medicare overhaul

    11/19/2003 1:55:01 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies · 99+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11-19-03 | DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that Democratic opposition to a Republican-backed Medicare prescription drug bill is "a party position," signaling an aggressive effort to unite the rank-and-file, scuttle the bill and claim credit with voters.</p>
  • Kennedy, Daschle and Pelosi Join Alliance for Retired Americans... Rally to Oppose Medicare Bill

    11/18/2003 5:29:56 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 30 replies · 223+ views
    US Newswire ^ | 11/18/03
    News Advisory: Hundreds of senior activists will descend on Capitol Hill Wednesday, November 19, to express their outrage and opposition to the proposed Medicare prescription drug bill announced by conferees. "We vehemently disagree with those who say any bill is better than nothing," said George J. Kourpias, president of the Alliance for Retired Americans. "We believe no bill is better than a bad bill. Seniors will not be fooled by what amounts to nothing more than a payout to special interests. Our members have long fought for a meaningful prescription drug benefit under Medicare, and what the conferees have offered...
  • Legislation languishes as Congress quarrels

    11/11/2003 11:49:12 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 180+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/11/03 | Rob Hotakainen and Elizabeth Dunbar
    <p>WASHINGTON -- As Congress limps toward adjournment, the rancor between Republicans and Democrats is palpable on Capitol Hill, and much of the people's business is languishing. A Medicare prescription-drug plan is stalled. An energy bill has been bottled up for weeks in a conference committee. And filibusters are everywhere.</p>
  • Rangel: "Gridlock" necessitates that Obama use executive powers

    10/28/2011 7:08:03 AM PDT · by martosko · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/28/2011 | Nicholas Ballasy
    New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel told The Daily Caller that “gridlock” in Congress has made it “necessary” for President Barack Obama to unilaterally implement mortgage refinancing and student loan programs without congressional authorization. TheDC asked Rangel if he thinks there are other areas where Obama should bypass Congress. “I do, but I don’t want it to be interpreted that I welcome the executive branch using their powers instead of having the legislative branch do it. It’s necessary now because it’s a gridlock between the president and the United States. I hope that is just so very, very unusual,” Rangel...
  • Main Street Quietly Revolts

    09/11/2011 8:14:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | September 11, 2011 | Salena Zito
    ASPEN, Colo. – At a bustling farmers’ market, Trevor Washko worked on a square of leather in his booth of finely stitched journals. To his right was a stand packed with fresh-picked fruits and vegetables; to his left, a cooking demonstration. “We are not at all anything like the way we are portrayed by the media,” Washko said of the extraordinary mix of super-rich and resort workers who live in Aspen. Washko spent life in Springfield, Ill., until he graduated from college and moved to Colorado. He has worked as a naturalist, as a field guide, in several service jobs...
  • Republicans are recklessly holding our country's economy hostage

    On the surface, the current debt limit debate appears to be a traditional argument between Republicans and Democrats over spending and tax priorities and two seemingly incompatible visions about the role of government - a discussion that Americans have been having for more than a century.
  • Der Fuhrer's thoughts on 405 closure in L.A........

    07/13/2011 10:44:38 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 42 replies
    Don't know what's going to happen this weekend for people trying to get to and from LAX and points beyond. Good luck to all!....Personally, I'm out of town. (Fishing in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.)
  • Gridlock: Better for budgets (A Divided Government Keeps Spending in Check)

    01/28/2011 6:58:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01/28/2011 | J.T. Young
    Gridlock is better; at least that’s what history shows for the budget. In contrast to all the handwringing that a divided government is bad for getting things done, it has a far better record for balancing the federal budget than does one-party control in Washington. This, in turn, points to an inescapable fact: Washington’s budget problem is spending, and spending does not happen on its own. Over the last 81 years, there have been just 13 federal budget surpluses. Of those 13, only three have come with single-party control of the White House and Congress. And one of those three,...
  • GOP agenda may mean more in 2012 than now (Not acceptable, DEFUND NOW!)

    01/03/2011 9:01:54 AM PST · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    msnbc ^ | 1/3/2011 | By LARRY MARGASAK/AP
    Even if the next two years end in congressional gridlock, Republicans hope to build a record that demonstrates to voters in 2012 that they can get it right. The GOP is promising to use the new Congress that convenes Wednesday to cut spending, roll back President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and prevent unelected bureaucrats from expanding the government's role in society through regulations that tell people what they must or can't do. Passing their top priorities may be easier in the House, where Republicans hold a 241-194 majority. It will be harder in the Senate where Democrats still hold...
  • Impact of midterm elections? Most Americans bet on gridlock

    11/23/2010 6:45:39 AM PST · by toma29 · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/23/2010 | JANE SASSEEN
    If there was one thing American voters made abundantly clear on Nov. 2, it's how unhappy they are with politicians and the way things work — or more often don't work — in Washington. Survey after survey has shown that the majority of voters want their elected representatives to do a much better job of coming together to solve the country's problems. So will things improve after the "shellacking" that voters gave to Democrats in handing control of the House over to the Republicans? Few Americans appear to be counting on it. In a new ABC News/Yahoo! News poll, most...
  • Democrats Face Headwinds in Spending-Plan Initiative (Dems still trying to vote in $1trn budget)

    As a lame-duck Congress convenes Monday, Democrats are still hoping to pass a $1 trillion year-end budget bill in spite of the anti-spending fervor that dealt a blow to their party in the midterm elections. The backlog of unfinished business facing the lawmakers includes Congress's most basic job: keeping the government running after Dec. 2, when a stopgap appropriations bill expires. Republicans, fresh from an election victory they see as a mandate to rein in government spending, have set a goal of cutting appropriations to 2008 levels, which would reduce domestic programs by $100 billion. View Full Image Associated Press...
  • President Obama: 'Campaigning is different than governing'

    11/15/2010 8:09:53 AM PST · by kingattax · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/14/10 | CAROL E. LEE
    President Obama offered a lesson for Republicans that he learned the hard way during his first two years in office. "Campaigning is different than governing," Obama told reporters Sunday when asked about his meeting with GOP leaders later this week. "They are flush with victory after a campaign of just saying 'No,'" he added. "But I'm sure the American people did not vote for more gridlock."
  • Obama: U.S. can't afford two years of gridlock

    11/06/2010 12:05:10 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 46 replies ^ | 11-5-10 | Matt Spetalnick
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, still smarting from his Democrats' big losses in congressional elections, said on Friday the United States cannot afford to get mired in legislative gridlock for the next two years while countries like China forge ahead.
  • Tough Times Ahead: Gridlock and Quantitative Easing Are Not Enough

    11/05/2010 3:15:56 PM PDT · by WebFocus · 5 replies
    Newsblaze ^ | 11/05/2010 | Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson
    Now that the elections are over, attention is turning to the economy. The stock market rose steadily from the end of August up to the elections. Since the stock market tends to be forward-looking, its recent strong and steady rise suggests that investors have been optimistic. In my opinion, two factors have generated that optimism: 1) The expectation that significant Republican gains in Congress would produce political gridlock, thereby putting the brakes on the Obama/Pelosi/Reid/progressive spending binge. 2) The Federal Reserve's promise of "QE2," a second round of "quantitative easing," the currently fashionable euphemism for creating mind-boggling sums of new...
  • Bipartisian 'consensus': Overrated pie in the sky

    11/05/2010 2:59:04 PM PDT · by chickadee · 10 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Oct. 5, 2010 | David Limbaugh
    I take no great pleasure in having been correct in predicting Barack Obama's reaction to his Tuesday "shellacking." To borrow his terminology, he is wired not to hear the American people's opposition to his radical agenda, as painfully demonstrated in his post-election news conference. Unhappily, Obama's answers showed even deeper intransigence than I had thought he would be willing to reveal. He is every bit as committed to his destructive agenda as he was Nov. 1 and, despite his claims, is not looking for "common ground." He said that every election "is a reminder that in our democracy, power rests...
  • Obama: US can't afford two years of gridlock

    11/05/2010 2:24:13 PM PDT · by Justaham · 76 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-5-10 | Matt Spetalnick
    U.S. President Barack Obama, still smarting from his Democrats' big losses in congressional elections, said on Friday the United States cannot afford to get mired in legislative gridlock for the next two years while countries like China forge ahead. Three days after voters punished Obama's party for the weak economy, he called for "putting politics aside" as he struck a conciliatory tone with victorious Republicans, saying he was open to hearing their ideas for tackling stubbornly high unemployment. Obama now faces a threat by Republican leaders to try to roll back his signature policies, including a healthcare overhaul and Wall...
  • Gridlock We Can Believe In

    11/05/2010 8:30:26 AM PDT · by redstateone · 8 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 5, 2010 | Wynton Hall
    Tuesday was just the opening salvo in a two-front battle. Voters are content to stay in a holding pattern until the next flank opens up in 2012. Until then, gridlock will suit us just fine. The GOP-led House will give us gridlock we can believe in...
  • U.S. Midterm Elections, Obama and Iran

    10/26/2010 7:34:49 PM PDT · by arthurus · 7 replies
    Stratfor ^ | October 25,2010 | By George Friedman
    ...Should the Republicans win an overwhelming victory in both houses next week, they will still not have the votes to override presidential vetoes. Therefore they will not be able to legislate unilaterally, and if any legislation is to be passed it will have to be the result of negotiations between the president and the Republican Congressional leadership. Thus, whether the Democrats do better than expected or the Republicans win a massive victory, the practical result will be the same. ...
  • Tea Party Is Mixed Bag For Wall Street

    09/29/2010 12:38:29 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal NewsHub ^ | September 29, 2010 | Kelly Evans et al
    Main Points: 71% of Republicans describe themselves as Tea Party supporters (recent WSJ/NBC poll) WSJ talking head Kelly Evans characterizes this as demonstrating that "the Tea Party movement has moved to the core of, at least, the Republican base." Pundit Jerry Seib says "this is good for the Republican Party." Tea Party has "fired up the Republicann party." There is no "cleavage" between Tea Party and the Republican party. Tea Party looks like the "conservative core base" of the Republican party; people who "would have been Republcians anyway, but now are fired up to do something about it." There's a...