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Show Of Hands January 21st, 2012 12:00am

Would you rather that your preferred political party held super-majorities in both houses of Congress, or held the Presidency?

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dr.paul201 Pennsylvania
01/29/12 6:05 pm

Wow the president is the most powerful ATM by the way. He can veto any bill and declare war under the wars power act. So yet everyone would rather have a powerless congress man. That's pretty bad... Any good law can be put down by a bad president and will never pass.
Ron Paul 2012. Delegates FTW.

01/27/12 8:34 pm

there you go again dems, and you wonder why the GOPers are running this great nation into the ground so effectively...

01/27/12 5:01 pm

The 17th amendment dealt a major blow to the power of the state. Most citizens of a state do not even know who their state legislators are, yet alone how federal policies are affecting their states ability to govern and address each states needs.

Our states are no longer united the federal level

01/27/12 12:08 am

That's true. I would love if the 17 amendment was repealed.

01/26/12 9:23 pm

Now the state governments have no representation in the federal government. Additionally the intended purpose of the senate was replaced with basically another house of representatives.

We would not be having the immigration problems we are having now if the 17 amendment was never enacted.

01/26/12 9:21 pm

After the 17th amendment the state legislators were cut out of the deal. The citizens of a state elected both their federal house reps and federal senators.

01/26/12 9:18 pm

Before the 17th amendment, federal representatives of congress were elected by the people within their states and the state legislators elected the federal senator to represent that interests of the state.

01/26/12 8:15 am

So the People voted fot the House and the House voted for the Senate.

01/26/12 8:14 am

The congress consists of the House and Senate

01/26/12 8:00 am

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives - US Constitution

01/24/12 5:27 pm

Sorry LJ. Before the 17th amendment, the state legislatures voted for their senate representative.

01/24/12 5:24 pm

...yet, places like Oakland and Detroit and nearly every other struggling community turns to DC rather than turn to the only place that can fix their problems, which is their local officials representing their communities.

01/24/12 5:19 pm

I would rather the people in my county paid twice as much attention to their local county and city officials as they do their federal representatives. Our communities have more influence and power over our daily lives than all branches in Washington combined. Yet very few of us know even 1 local rep

01/23/12 11:04 am

Corporate sponsored dems and GOP already control both.

01/23/12 8:08 am

The legislative branch of government is suppose to have the most power. We vote for congress differently than our founders did. Before the 17 amendment (1913) the people voted for the House. The House voted for the Senate.

01/23/12 8:01 am

Olivia said "houses" she meant both House and Senate.

01/22/12 11:23 pm

So much ignorance on this page.

EnginE3r Texas
01/22/12 8:27 pm

Yeah, Olivia meant senate I'm sure.

EnginE3r Texas
01/22/12 8:26 pm

We need some one who aspired to be like Reagan for most of his/her life.

NYevo NY
01/22/12 8:25 pm

@Olivia: The Republicans already have the house

01/22/12 3:32 pm

The BIG question is whether the republicans will actually work for the country instead of their own pocket books! We need to make smart decisions & stand by them!

01/22/12 3:31 pm

It was the REPUBLICAN majorities that made Clinton seem like such a good president- I think we might even be able to make Obama look okay- just so long we don't let him make appointments on his own.

01/22/12 2:16 pm

Hopefully now the republicans can take the houses and stop Obama from ruining our country further

rangeman Lafayette IN.
01/22/12 1:46 pm

Big money overrides both branches of government.

NYevo NY
01/22/12 8:47 am

I'd rather be the scotus swing vote. Other than a constitutional amendment, thats pretty much the last word on a law

Patimen California
01/22/12 12:13 am

let's not forget congress can impeach the President. obviously, congress is the better choice.

xandria In a Land of Wonder
01/21/12 10:35 pm

Though it is unlikely Independents will ever have majority, I still think Congress because they have a LOT of power in the government. Mainly because they control spending.

sgeisler18 Illinois
01/21/12 9:52 pm

I feel that congress holds more power than the other two branches of government, so I would rather have my party hold majority in both houses of congress.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
01/21/12 9:05 pm

Congress can override the Presidential veto with enough votes.

01/21/12 8:25 pm

The president does not have as much power as you may think.

Wes28 CBus
01/21/12 8:00 pm

Watch "The Obama Deception," it will show you our true government (and no, it is not all about Obama, it just discusses how he is a puppet.)

01/21/12 7:43 pm

newt wins! screw you liberals.

GunnyGunz Virginia
01/21/12 6:30 pm

And a lot of people couldn't stomach another 2 years of Nancy "you have to pass the bill to find out what's in it" Pelosi, and Harry "got no spine" Reid.

GunnyGunz Virginia
01/21/12 6:27 pm

And with spring right around the corner, you know the Arabs in the Mideast are gonna get restless.
Lots of things could happen.

GunnyGunz Virginia
01/21/12 6:26 pm

The supremes may throw a big rock in the wheel.

GunnyGunz Virginia
01/21/12 6:24 pm

@ace21, make sure you don't take a big chunk o change to Vegas on election day. Just some friendly advice. Lots of time between now & election day.

01/21/12 6:24 pm

@Ace21 I'm hoping for the same thing! I agree the teabaggers have always been a joke lol!!!

NYevo NY
01/21/12 5:29 pm

@tcby; your reaction is understandable

01/21/12 4:57 pm

there should be one party period. and majority vote wins no electoral college

01/21/12 4:36 pm

NYevo, I am new to politics. And some of the acceptable practices shock me.

cato Santa Barbara, California
01/21/12 1:30 pm

Congress is far more powerful than the president.

01/21/12 12:44 pm

As long as Congress has the guts to pass bills without regard to whether or not the President will sign them, they can set the agenda and eventually wear the President down. It worked with a Republican Congress and Bill Clinton in the White House.

NYevo NY
01/21/12 11:29 am

You new to politics? They all do that

01/21/12 11:23 am

Super majority - unless you are like Obama and make exec decisions during Congressional recesses and basically say *F* the political process of America.

01/21/12 11:08 am

ace21, you moving to a new country soon? cuz I don't think that's going to happen.

NYevo NY
01/21/12 11:08 am

@leftovercenter: a 60 vote supermajority cannot override a presidential veto. Only a 66 can do that

01/21/12 10:59 am

Judicial appointments matter more than anything else, IMO.

Ace21 Fillmore, San Francisco
01/21/12 10:56 am

Dems will hold the presidency, senate, and retake the house in November. That little teabagged flavor of the month that swept the GOP into power in 2010 is a regrettable memory and people are finally waking up. Teabaggers-- those grumpy old white men were so cute!