Get ready for the most productive and decent political condition known to man: sweet gridlock. You get nothing. And, after what you've been through these past few years, you deserve it.
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There is no greater check on power in Washington than two strong political parties.
Safe to say there will be enough secure Democrats and secure Republicans that legislative activity would be winnowed down to the bare necessities — namely, politics without policy results. And that's fine by me.
What we need now is to stop the implementation of any more bright ideas and give everyone a break.
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Washington is stocked with folks who possess the extraordinary gift of believing that they have the ability to manage and organize complex economic systems — and our behavior in them.
The one thing that they won't accept is that businesses, consumers and citizens can "figure it out for themselves."
We need gridlock to help them. And us.
Given Republicans' own flirtations with big government, we should be a least a little skpetical of their "return to responsibility" pledges. And even if they get back majorities in both houses, President Obama will just veto whatever attempts they make to dtrim back all the excesses. But they're at least smart enough to see which way the political winds are blowing, so they'll check him as well. "Nothing gets done" isn't the best of all possible worlds, but it will do u