Sunday, December 11, 2011

Analysis: Is this the beginnings of a less partisan divide and more cooperation in Congress?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress-edges-toward-a-compromise-on-spending/2011/12/09/gIQAORhenO_story.html

29 comments:

PaulHurlbut said...

I don't believe that this compromise will lead to much more cooperation in Congress. Since Congress IS bipartisan, I think that there will always be a division between the two and though small things (like this compromise) bring them together and make them look like they can work together; they will soon go back to how they were. As the article says "partisan clashes have brought the government to the brink of a shutdown three times in the past year" it shows that there will probably be similar clashes to come.

Kelly M said...

I do not think this is the beginning of a less partisan divide and more cooperation in Congress. I believe that even though that there are a few similarities but the differences will always outweigh them.

J.Mason said...

I believe that congress will always be divided and never be able to agree on something, Congress is like everyone else in this world, they want to be right all the time and always get there way, and this will be this way for a very long time. It has always been this way, and I think it will always be this way.

jboyle said...

I don't think this is the beginning of a less partisan divide and more cooperation in congress. I believe this because congress for the most part has always been split and I believe that there will always be some form of division.

jblommel said...

I believe that this compromise is only the result of a crisis, not an indication of a more cooperative Congress. With the government still barely having enough funds to survive, and almost shut down three times already, both parties are starting to realize that this is a possibly detrimental situation if something doesn't get done about it. However, I do not think that the partisan divide will become any smaller for less important, not as critical issues brought before Congress.

Jwolf said...

I do not believe that this is the beginning of a less partisan divide and more cooperation in Congress. I think that there will always be some sort of divide because of the political ideology of the members of Congress. Also this may just be because of an important event and as soon as it is solved the divide will be pack in place.

tFugarino said...

I do not believe this will lead to a more cooperative government because congress with always have completely different belives on many diiferent issues. Congress will always be separated and no matter what they try to do to fix it congress will never fully cooperate.

JakobL said...

I believe that this is at least a small step in the direction of more cooperation. The last year has shown (three times close to a shutdown) that the US need less partisan divide in Congress or maybe the next time it will come to a real shutdown. Politicans should work closer together or the USA will be sometime in the near future insolvent.

Jbandoszeski said...

I do not believe that this compromise is the start of more cooperation in congress. The reason for this is that congress is bipartisan. With congress being made like this the two side generally share opposing views. Even though sometimes the two groups may come together it rarely happens and I do not believe that this compromise will bring them any closer than they have been in the past, and the way that they work in congress will continue to be how it always has been.

TPassow said...

I believe that, like the world itself, Congress will have its similarities, but they will be outweighed by its differences. So thus, Congress will not have much cooperation inside.

pliberski said...

I don't believe that there will be more cooperation in Congress. Although much compromise is needed in ordered to pass bills into law, members of both parties are strongly biased towards their own views. This makes them very stubborn. They are not likely to agree to the other party's views in order to compromise.

Jegan said...

I do not think that this lessen the partisan divide. Let alone lead to more cooperation in congress. This is because congress is bipartisan meaning there will always be two groups with different interests sort term it is nice that they have come to a consensus to get something done but in the long run i feel that not much change will occur.

aspone said...

I do not believe that this is the beginning of less division in the Congress. Congress has always been able to make compromises on SOME things, but Congress is made up of partisan groups that by nature do not agree. I believe that each group will hold to their own opinion without giving in very far.

sli said...

I don't think this it the beginnings of a less partisan divide and more cooperation in Congress. Even though toleration and compromise are needed, but in congress every one still wants to gain more for their own party.

KKotecki said...

I believe that this is the beginning of a less partisan divide. The two parties may agree on the small issues at times but on larger issues they do not seem to be able to agree very often, if ever. The members of each party have their own set of beliefs that they believe to be the "correct" view and will rarely compromise with the other parties' beliefs. Because there have been three times that the government almost shut down in the last year, most likely there will be more partisan clashes to come and one little effort of cooperation on a smaller issue will not make a difference in the overall cooperation between the two parties.

awichgers said...

I think that this event shows that Congress can work together and agree on some issues; however, it does not necessarily mean that Congress will become less partisan. There will always be disagreements in a bipartisan Congress, such as ours. One event does not define who Congress is. Yes, the two sides can agree and work together every once and a while, but that doesnt mean that Congress is less partisan. One specific does not define Congress. I believe that it means that Congress has the ability to cooperate with one another, but it is not the beginning of a less partisan divide. Congress will always be bipartisan.

Chris DeWinter said...

I don't think that this is the beginning of more cooperation in Congress. I feel that there are large differences between republican and democrat representatives ideologies that they will always be fighting. Even now with the compromise democrats and republicans are still fighting over what parts of the government should get funding and which should not. If elected representatives can't completely come together during such a crucial time I don't think they ever will.

THaase said...

I dont believe the two sides can ever begin to be less partisan and cooperate more. Their hatred for one another increases by the day and to add fuel to the fire its election season and they both are sticking strong to their bases. this is the time that the votes need their politicans to come together and actually fix the issues that we face.

Sfrasher said...

I do not believe that this is the beginning of a less partisan divide. This is due to the fact that in Congress there is and always will be two different groups that have different interests, so there must be an ultimatum between both sides (Democrats and Republicans). However, I believe that the fighting needs to stop because our nation is at a critical time in its history.

Blake Kraussel hr. 2 said...

I don't believe that this will have any effect of congress becoming more bi-partisan. We live in a country where bi-partisan ship is a part of life. Expect it not to change.

ANichols said...

In my opinion, I think that this compromise does not has a chance to create a partisan divide in Congress. Although this may have a minor impact, overall, in the long run it will not be a strong factor. Additionally, I think that regardless of whatever happens, there will always be some sort of divide between the two partys. Over the years, there has always been a significant difference between the two partys, and there will not be a change in this. On the other hand, at times, there will be times were the two partys agree, but they will never agree on the same all of the time. Congress will remain bipartisan. Each side will have different ideas/opinions

APrichard said...

It appears that the compromise was simply to resolve the spending problem rather that creating a less of a partisan divide in congress. The government is bipartisan and will reflect this possibility because there are the two major houses.

npaape said...

This isn't the beginning to a less partisan divide. Congress is only coming to this compromise because of rough economic times and they don't want to have to spend even more money then they have to to get out of this mess. They will try and fix the situation together to not make matters worse. However, its not going to make each individual agree on other matters in government.

neve57 said...

I do not believe that there will be more cooperation in Congress. There will still be clashes in the parties (that is just how politics is). I do believe, however, that they will come together and agree on things, such as bills, and work together.

Asalo said...

I do not believe that this is the beginning of a less partisan divide and more cooperation in congress. This is because there are still two different sides with different beliefs on political decisions. Though it is nice to have them agree on this matter, I don't think it will result in much change.

MBoster said...

I believe that within Politics there is a consensus that there is a need for more cooperation between political parties. I think both parties recognize this need and will slowly work towards more cooperation in Washington

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Adam Joerres said...

I think that although congress is learning that it is necessary to come together at certain times, there will not be less of a divide due to the fact that politics are politics and one side will want one thing and the other will want another thing.

Big Al said...

I do not feel that the begining of cooperation is close. Republicans will remain opponents of Democrats and visa versa. I feel that compromise will only occur in a major devistation. The only times that i can really recall congress coming together and working quickly is 9/11. Im sure events such as pearl harbor have also allowed immidiate reaction. Without a major disaster i dont see congress pulling together.