No change in policy

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Submitted by equalizer on November 2, 2006 - 11:03pm

From Robert Samuelson, libertarian economics reporter, editor of Newsweek,


"But here's something that no one's saying: regardless of who wins, it won't make much difference for most of our pressing problems. We won't have a major new budget policy, energy policy or immigration policy. The election might not even much affect the Iraq war."

"In this election, the Republicans deserve to lose, and the Democrats don't deserve to win. Yes, I am a longtime believer in divided government, because it may check each party's worst excesses. But don't expect fundamental changes if Democrats reclaim some power."

Submitted by poorgradstudent on November 2, 2006 - 11:10pm.

Well, if the Democrats win one of the chambers, they will take away Bush's rubber stamp.

Still, I agree that even if the Dems win both chambers with small margins, you won't see huge, sweeping changes. I do think it would expidite the end of the Iraq war somewhat, but the Executive Branch has a lot of power over how wars are waged.

Immigration is an issue I feel that shouldn't be partisan. I'm truly confused why the parties can't work together on it and figure out real solutions everyone can agree on, at least to some degree.

Submitted by unlawflcombatnt on November 4, 2006 - 8:36pm.

The main benefit to the Dems winning is that they'll have subpoena power. If they're in the majority in the House, they'll have the power to investigate some of the abuses that have occurred under Bush. Whether they'll actually use that power remains to be seen.

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