Saturday, September 30, 2006

Opinion: Will it matter who controls either house in the next session?


14 comments:

Megan B said...

I believe that it will matter who controls the houses in the next session. In my opinion if Republicans maintain control, more of President Bush's initiatives will be passed, and the country will continue taking a tough stance on foreign affairs. If Democrats seize control in either house I believe the country will be put in a holding pattern for the next two years, until the next presidential election. Neither the President nor the congress would be able to get any major legislation passed, without in a sense watering it down to gain bipartisan support. In this way no group would truly get what they want and the plans would be so watered down that nothing important would be done, and thus the country would be thrown into a holding pattern.

smWolfe said...

I would have to agree with Megan. But I would like to add that if the republicans release any more information regarding Osama Bin Laden that gives the Republicans a sure shot advantage. Considering Bush would be credited and he's a Republican.

justinbel said...

There is, for the first election since the inception of the "War on Terror," a possibilty for a legislative shift on the national scene. The growing weariness of the American public with the infringements on privacy, increasing deficit, escalating gas prices, and numerous other problems that can be traced to the conservative core of the country. The control of Congress is vital to the next two years and critical to the future of the United States.

It is not only possible, but actually quite likely that the Democrats can take back either the House and/or the Senate. If this does occur, it would mean a not immediately drastic shift, but a rahter sizable change in the management of the country.

Should the Democrats be victiorious in both elections, there immediate implications in American life would most likely be alterations along the line of increase social benefits to lower- and middle-class Americans, rolling back tax cuts given excessively to the rich, as well as a number of changes in security policy. A Democratic congress would hopefully be a call for accountability for the Bush Administration.

The long term effects that could accompany a Democratic include anything from an upward shift in our national debt, to increasing the likelihood of a Democrat winning in 2008. If the electorate sees the difference that can be made by Democratic power in just one branch (especially compared to the previous six years of Republican rule), it could potentially spark a shift in the general political sentements of the country to rival the Reagan era.

BrandonSh said...

It always matters who controls Congress. But in the upcoming election, if Republicans retain control they are bound to pass more legislation in favor of the Iraq War, and possibly becoming more involved in the Middle East conflicts. The Democrats have stated that they will start removing troops from Iraq, and from what I can gather, try to cool tensions in the rest of the Middle East. This election is especially important because it the second half of President Bush's second term and the control of Congress could drastically change a lot of upcoming legislation and policies.

BrandonK said...

Whoever is controlling either house in the next session is extremely important. Right now with a republican President, a republican Senate and a republican House, there are no checks and balances. If the President, or Congress decides if they want to vote on something, there is nothing the democrats can do to stop the republicans, just because of sheer numbers. Because Congress has a majority of republicans, they can pass laws that are only beneficial to their beliefs, these laws might not even be good for the American people. As for the democrats taking over either or both the House and the Senate, I am going to agree with Justin.

KimK said...

I also believe that it will matter who controls either house in the next session. I agree with Megan that if the Republicans continue control, more legislation will be able to be passed - which could be good or bad. I suppose its good if you are a Republican.

tonileep said...

I believe that it will matter who controls either house in the next session. Also, I agree with Megan that if the Rebublicans control the house that more of President Bush's proposals will be passed especially those concerning the Iraq war. The Democrats would want to send the troops home and not be so involved in Iraq. The differeneces between the Rebulicans and Democrats is huge. If the Democrats controls either house they are going to change a lot of our policies. Because of this, it is very important who controls either house in the next session.

trevorhguy said...

Contrary to what everyone else seems to think, I feel that Democrats winning the house would signal the beginning of a major upheaval in Washington. I think that they will finally have some pull after being completely shut out for the last six years. They can use the current chaos in the GOP and maybe even get something done. At the very least they can stop Republicans from using the Constitution as a napkin (they totally ignore it until they spill something then they use it to clean up).

Dain said...

It always matters who controls congress. In this case it can determine the course of the 'war on terror' and the 'war' in Iraq.

Two immediate consequences of the Democrats regaining a house of congress have yet to be mentioned.

First, the Dems could open congressional investigations into what the Bush Administration has been doing. Abu-Grabe, Guantonamo Bay, and the rest of the secret prisons and prison abuses wern't disclosed by Bush. Neither was the warrentless spying. Odds are good that congressional investigations would unearth more questionable programs.

Second, the dems could no longer simply respond to the Republican proposals. They would now be trying to drive through some of their own.

KerryW said...

Yes, I believe that it will matter who controls either house in the next session. If the republicans control either house, President Bush's ideas will pass. If the democrats control either house though, nothing will get done. I like how megan put it. 'I believe the country will be put in a holding pattern...'

MikeM said...

Yes I believe that it will matter who controls the houses in the next session. As megan said if the Republicans maintain control of both houses then a lot more Republican legislation will be passed, if they split then not much will get done with both houses arguing amongst each other and in the highly unlikely event that the Democrats take both houses we might see Bush use his veto a little more then we have thus far.

brandong said...

It definately will matter who controls the two houses this next session because if the Republicans keep it then more things will be done, but if the Democrats get it the government will be like a lake, it gets used a lot but its not going anywhere.

Jahir D said...

No, i dont think that it will matter very much who controls the either house in the upcoming session (unless the difference is very large). this is true especially if the republicans stay in power. There have been lately a lot of republicans that have been against the President's actions and would vote against them if given the chance.

trevorhguy said...

It is becoming increasingly clear to me that it will make a big difference if Democrats claim the House. Before I thought that they would win but only by a very slim margin. Now they are predicted to pick up 30 seats. That could make a major difference in the political world. Couple this with the fact that Republicans are now in danger of losing the Senate as well, I think that this is the beginning of the end of the Republican regime for a while, or at least until the nation gets sick of Democrats again (I predict this will be in about 10 years).