Will politics only work with one party in charge?

United States
August 15, 2012 9:33pm CST
Will it take a lop=sided victory by one party or the other to get real work done in Washington? Is our politics so poisoned that 'bi-partisan' and compromise are new dirty words?
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
16 Aug 12
We saw what happened with one part in charge when Obama was elected and the Democrats held majorities in both the House and Senate. They went on a two-year spending spree and pushed through all sorts of things that the majority of the public (whom they supposedly represent) did not want or support. It isn't about compromise as much as it is about those career politicians who feel that the job is about representing the party more than about representing the people and their interests. Career politicians represent their own interests. This is why the system is breaking down. We need to have politicians that represent us, not ones that decide what they think is best for us.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
16 Aug 12
That is why I think there should be term limits for both the House and the Senate.
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
16 Aug 12
There are term limits, it's called the voting booth.
@crossbones27 (21403)
• Redlands, California
16 Aug 12
That is my point, people would come to think that our country is a dictatorship if it was a one party system. My personal opinion is to do away with labeling people and parties, all together. Just the person with better ideas gets elected. It will never happen though because then how would we know to call Obama a socialist then.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
16 Aug 12
Taking the party name off of candidates sounds, to me, like a very good idea, but it should start at the local level. How many of us have voted for someone, not because we know where he stands on the issues, but because he is associated with a particular party?
• Redlands, California
17 Aug 12
That's true, plus the people who believe everything their candidate they are going for tells them, no matter what they say. Even I am smart enough to realize the candidate I am voting for, tells a lie every now again. If I want the truth about the subject I need to go look it up or ask someone who is knowledgeable about the issue.
• Australia
16 Aug 12
One party government has no effective checks and balances and is a disaster in the making. A lot of damage can be done in an elected term if there is no effective opposition to raise concerns and put the brakes on. Lash
@Fatcat44 (1142)
• United States
16 Aug 12
Grandpa, you but it best with you comment. I totally agree with this.
• United States
17 Aug 12
"Absolute power corrupts absolutely" Meaning no party or person or government branch or agency should have complete power.
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
16 Aug 12
The Republican house has written and submitted to the Senate three budget proposals. What sort of compromise has Harry Reid shown by refusing to even discuss them, let alone vote on them? It is my opinion that you don't compromise your principles. The Republicans in the House were elected with the understanding (with the ones who elected them) that they would not raise taxes and would work to get a balanced budget amendment introduced on the Senate floor. IF they compromise, they are breaking a promise to their constituents who elected them. Isn't THAT what YOU are asking for? Honesty, integrity in our elected officials? It is Harry Reid and the leftist Democrats who are regfusing to abide by what the majority of the American public want.
@andy77e (5165)
• United States
16 Aug 12
Unfortunately, I think 'real work' is what we don't want them to do. Politicians can only screw things up. The more they 'work' the more they screw up. Obama is a perfect example. Most of the things screwed up in our economy today, are due to all that "real work" that got done in 2009, when congress and Obama worked together to mess everything up. Honestly, I'd rather Washington be in a total grid lock, than working together. The less they screw up, the better chance we have of fixing things. The only exception to that would be Health Care. The reason is because the Obama-Care bill has more and more provisions that are going to come into effect in 2014. When that happens we will be screwed over again. It's like the screw up that keeps on screwing. That needs repealed. Problem is, I fear they will only replace it with something far worse.
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
16 Aug 12
I honestly think that compromise and "bi-partisan'are dirty words. What I see in polictics everyone is blaming everyone less for the countries problems! Nobody wants to compromise! I believe that things will get worse before they get any better!
@vandana7 (67699)
• India
16 Aug 12
I think a lot of horse trading as it is called is the order of the day in multi party democracy. Concentrating power in the hands of a single party is also not such a good idea, as past has shown. We've seen Hitler, and Mussolini, and Stalin, etc. Now that we have mobile phones and access to people's referendum more easily, why dont we use referendum on most issues instead of putting those politicians there. Elections are waste of money, if you ask me. We only appoint guys who can siphon away tax payer's monies and have policies that make no sense what so ever.