B757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 24 Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 705 times:
Finally, we will have a Congressional delegation that accurately represents the voting patterns of the state. Right now, Republicans control the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches in the state as well as every state wide office and both U.S. senators but the old map still favored the Democrats for U.S. House elections. Looks like Democrat chances for recapturing the House of Representatives has become almost nil since 7 more Republicans will be added to the House this year.
Sabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 692 times:
(Now if we can just get rid of Chet Edwards so I am not stuck with a Rat for my CongressCritter.)
Exactly B753, make it all Republican, that's good for pluralism
You clearly don't know anything about the positive impact that a good opposition can have in a society. The more different views, the better. But I understand this must be difficult for an extremist as you
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 657 times:
Actually, JeffM, Democrats would love to be able to fix things, but they're not in the majority right now, are they? Let the Republicans keep screwing things up, and you'll won't be so arrogant in your portentions.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 647 times:
When did the Dems ever actually fix anything in the past 20-30 years? And don't say the 90's boom - that's like taking credit for the sunrise.
I agree with Sabena (surprise) - a strong opposition is essential. It keeps you honest. Nothing is more counterproductive or corrupt than a ruling party that was WAY out in front for years, like Congress in India, the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan, or the Communists in the USSR.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39425 posts, RR: 76 Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 636 times:
I don't know what's worse.
The Communist in the fmr. USSR or the GOP in the current USA
At least with the commies, vodka was aplenty.:D
The current GOP with the help of Dieboldt systems will insure one party rule.
Who needs democracy when you got the GOP?
Gawd damn it, democracy ryhmes too much with democrat!
Dc10guy From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2685 posts, RR: 7 Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 624 times:
With the Republicans in control there is no need for 2 parties. The republicans know what's best for Texas the US and the world..... I'll bet the top priorities of the one party Texas republicans will be #1 praying in school. #2 repeal any & all gun laws. #3 make sodomy illegal again. After that they can sit back and watch the pollution grow. Great job Texas !!!
Next time try the old "dirty Sanchez" She'll love it !!!
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39425 posts, RR: 76 Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 621 times:
Wait a minute.
Wern't you the same user that once stated that the economy has nothing to do with the President at the current time?
So if a boom is on the way, wouldn't it be Clinton's doing?
I once remember you saying that it is a 6 year cycle before a President's economic agenda to effect the economy.
B757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 24 Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 606 times:
I guess all those decades where the Democrats controlled Congress, the White House some of the time, and a large majority of states wasn't "too much power" since it wasn't the Republicans who held the power.
As of right now, there is a slight Republican tilt in state and national power but as those who have studied the political history of this country know, power cycles back and forth. Even if the Republicans toasted the Democrats as much as FDR did to the Republicans in the 1930's, there would come a day when power would swing back the other direction.
Currently, Republicans control 21 state legislatures and the Democrats control 17. The rest are split. Republicans have 28 governors and the Democrats have 22. In 12 states, the Republicans control both the legislative branch and hold the governor's office. Democrats do the same in 8 states.
Finally, Sheila Jackson Lee is no longer my representative.
That alone would be enough to make me celebrate. Too bad she'll still be in Congress but removing her would most likely would have caused the court to have killed redistricting.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 590 times:
Remember your Civics classes? The president has little control over the financial health of the country - Congress does.
What is happening now is cyclical, helped along by tax cuts (supply-side economics wins again). But it could have been a lot worse. Do you realize the hard hits the U.S. economy suffered over the past few years? First you had the tech bubble burst, when people realized that most of the "growth" of the 1990s was little more than wishful thinking. Then you had 9/11, and the resultant impact on travel, business and tourism. Then you had a war in Afghanistan. Then a war in Iraq. Then you had Enron and the resultant calling into question all investment values. Traditionally, any ONE of these events could cause an economy to go into recession, and the U.S. economy took all of them in rapid succession and only stuttered for a couple of years, and U.S. unemployment, while a bit high against recent standards, is still among the lowest in the civilized world. That says great things about the underlying strength of the U.S. economy.
My biggest bitch about the Clinton administration is that they did not keep better controls in place (which is the job of the President, not Congress). Enron, Xerox, Global Crossing and all the other accounting scandals happened under Clinton's watch. It is a basic truism of business (auditing in particular)that proper controls are most difficult to police in periods of rapid change or growth. While I don't think the Clinton administration intentionally turned a blind eye to problems, the SEC and other responsible organizations were caught up in the mental climate of the Clinton administration, which basked in the apparent success of the economy and did not want to do anything that might cause it to be called into question. An intelligent administration would have told the regulatory agencies to be extra vigilant. Instead they just closed their eyes and hoped for the best.
Back to the Reps vs. Dems, I tend to agree more with Republican policy than Democratic. But it would certainly be unhealthy for a long-term domination by either.