I remember feeling pretty excited when Newt Gingrich masterfully engineered a kind of revolution. For the first time in decades, Republicans had the power in Congress. Republicans took over the House and Senate and pushed back against the very liberal policies of President Clinton. A balance of power was brought about. It seemed to work pretty well. The economy expanded, and we were fine on the world stage.
Tired of the Clinton’s and those associated with them, a scandal weary electorate elected George Bush president. A Republican House and Senate were already in place. To their shame, these nimrods expanded government and entitlements with no less abandon than their Democratic counterparts had for decades.
Midway during “W’s” second term, a war weary electorate threw out the Republican bums and installed a Democratic Congress. Then they (we) gave the reins of executive power to Mr. Obama who along with his Democratic cohorts have run up more debt than all previous administrations COMBINED!
My point comes to this. It seems that when any one party has the Presidency and the two Houses, it’s BAD. VERY, VERY BAD. They can’t seem to help themselves. There is too much momentum, too much agreement in the direction of throwing federal money at virtually everything. Hardly anybody knows how or when to say “no.” The few that do, are too few to make a difference. And I can only imagine the pressure that can be brought to bear against a junior congressperson seeking to change the “way things are done.”
At least when neither party has “it all,” there is enough disagreement on HOW to spend us into OBLIVION, that the momentum is somewhat slowed. Sometimes the animus is enough to bring about gridlock, which is really pretty awesome.
If we go back to the Clinton and Reagan years. We find that the President’s opposite party mostly controlled the Congress. This seemed to work the best. We will have the same situation with Obama for the next two years. Maybe, it’ll get better. Let’s just wait and see. And if we get a Republican President in 2012, a small, very real part of me hopes the Democrats retain control of the Senate. I can’t believe I said that.