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Should we even care about the congressional majority anymore?

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I am so fed up with this teeter totter back and forth when it comes to the fixation re: the congressional majority. Instead of either side taking the helm when their party's number is called ( & the other side is given their referendum) and actually governing, the "victorious" side just treads water. When they finally do have control of the Hill, they are too concerned with how they may negatively impact the party's PR machine in the next election cycle instead of actually making changes.


We've been hearing about addressing "social issues", immigration control, building up and adding to the "middle-class" for countless election cycles / presidential administrations, and there hasn't been anything resembling real change. Instead we continue to see the game of pass the baton to the opposing party and hope they sink themselves enough so you can regain control of the majority in the next election.  All the while there has been nothing done about the budget deficit, education reform, and we continue to kick the can down the road on the debt ceiling.


Not to bring down the mood, but does anyone have a notion as to what will ever break this boom and bust cycle of party control on the Hill? If the answer is "no" , I'm not sure I want to even stay engaged during these mid-terms going forward. And if that is ultimately the case, can we at least legalize recreational weed to make it fun to be in a haze through the entire thing??? That's one way both sides can make a change for the positive.:banghd: 


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It only matters in a 2 party system.

 

I want a 3 or 4 or even 5 party split. Forced compromise and an open exchange of ideas where no one party is in control.

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It only matters in a 2 party system.

 

I want a 3 or 4 or even 5 party split. Forced compromise and an open exchange of ideas where no one party is in control.

 

While I agree with you, it'll never happen.

The two parties have rigged the system, from debates, to ballot access, so that one, or the other will remain entrenched in power.

More than two viable parties upsets their apple cart, and won't be tolerated...See Tea Party, The c. 2009-2012

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I am so fed up with this teeter totter back and forth when it comes to the fixation re: the congressional majority. Instead of either side taking the helm when their party's number is called ( & the other side is given their referendum) and actually governing, the "victorious" side just treads water. When they finally do have control of the Hill, they are too concerned with how they may negatively impact the party's PR machine in the next election cycle instead of actually making changes.


We've been hearing about addressing "social issues", immigration control, building up and adding to the "middle-class" for countless election cycles / presidential administrations, and there hasn't been anything resembling real change. Instead we continue to see the game of pass the baton to the opposing party and hope they sink themselves enough so you can regain control of the majority in the next election.  All the while there has been nothing done about the budget deficit, education reform, and we continue to kick the can down the road on the debt ceiling.


Not to bring down the mood, but does anyone have a notion as to what will ever break this boom and bust cycle of party control on the Hill? If the answer is "no" , I'm not sure I want to even stay engaged during these mid-terms going forward. And if that is ultimately the case, can we at least legalize recreational weed to make it fun to be in a haze through the entire thing??? That's one way both sides can make a change for the positive.:banghd: 





Sore loser talk.  


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Sore loser talk.  





I know it is hard to believe, but it is not sore loser mentality. I Voted for the "winning side" yesterday. My long whine was more just venting that even though i conceded to let the other party take another turn in the majority, I feel like America is getting dumber and dumber as we just piss away another few years of back and forth control between the two controlling parties. All the while, no real change is made and they keep spending Super Pac dollars yelling about castrating fellow Pols or the other side wants to steal your birth control. 


So basically I think everyone has been a "loser" in this system, and just wanted to gage if anyone else feels there is a way out of this paper bag.  Dems will take it back in 2 years after the GOP sits on their hands during the lame duck period. 


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