A Democratic House means a more frugal government

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Are you ready for some stalemate? Over the next two years, Washington deliberations will resemble one of those 1960s-era football games in which moving the ball was hard and touchdowns were rare. This will not be the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. It will be two immovable objects.

The old maxim says the best government is the least government. Whether that’s true or not, I no longer harbor innocent dreams of best government. I will settle for least bad government, and that generally means divided government.

In the next two years, Congress is not likely to do much right, but it’s also not likely to do much wrong. It will probably do next to nothing, which — considering the occupant of the Oval Office — is preferable to the alternative.

Republicans no longer enjoy a monopoly on power. On Election Day, they kept control of the Senate but lost the House — inviting Democrats to obstruct, delay and frustrate Donald Trump’s legislative priorities, assuming he has any.

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November 9, 2018 at 04:06PM

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