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    Congressional gridlock can be described as an inability to pass a law or bill which results in a situation that cannot satisfy the people. This situation becomes a gridlock when the ratio between the number of bills passed to the agenda on the legislature decreases, thus resulting in a complete lockdown of the governments ability to create new laws. This problem is still happening today and may be very evident especially with the election that just occurred. The past eight years, Congress has done short of nothing ultimately resulting in “one of the least productive sessions on record (WashingtonPost)”. Could this least productive session be due to the fact that the Congressmen and other people holding office just didn’t know what they were…

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    This hypothesis again points to the United States responding quicker than South Korea, Mexico, or Russia. When comparing the GDP of each nation, I compared the GDP of each nation in the year in which each spill occurred. The third variable that this study will look to investigate is political gridlock. For this study political gridlock is defined as a situation in which passing laws becomes difficult, this occurs when the ratio between bills passed and the agenda of the legislature decreases.…

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    Legislative gridlock is the inability of government to pass significant legislation. Many observers of politics consider gridlock, or legislative stalemate, an important failing of the American system of separate institutions sharing power and weak political parties passing new laws is difficult because the two chambers, each constructed so differently, must come to absolute agreement before a new law is enacted. Republicans and Democrats in Congress seem to constantly disagree with each other…

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    If the United States government was designed to be the best for the people, why does it cause so many problems in the lives of the citizens today? In the papers today it is uncommon to not find some article talking about some issue that is going on in politics. The government has lost many of the original principles that the Founding Fathers had in place to make sure the government’s main goal was to keep the country good and safe for the people. Problems facing the government today are what has…

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    When Representative John Boehner resigned as Speaker of the House and Congressman Paul Ryan was elected to replace him, he vowed to bring an end to gridlock in Washington D.C. Shortly after Democratic Congressman Rangel stated that he has no reason to believe that Ryan would be any more successful than John Boehner at dissolving gridlock. There are many reasons gridlock cannot be solved these include the fact that there is currently a Republican majority in the house, the design of Congress is…

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    However, in “How Partisan Conflict in Congress Affects Public Opinion: Strategies, Outcomes, and Issue Differences” Flynn and Harbridge examine how approval ratings are affected when congressional decisions result in legislative gridlock. They find that when compared to partisan conflict resulting in partisan wins, loses, or and gridlock, the latter results in the least public approval. Furthermore, they reveal that legislative gridlock attributed to “ideological differences” receives a higher…

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    One such weakness in the Constitution is the difficulty that some branches of government can face when trying to make a decision and it becomes gridlocked because of the current checks and balances system. According to Teter (2013), If gridlock prevents Congress from fulfilling this function, the concept of separation of powers collapses under the weight of a nation in need of laws and policy. A decision can be passed by Congress, vetoed by the President and then even overridden by a two-thirds…

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    Growing up in America today, one might formulate an image of a U.S. Senator or Congressman as a dignified statesman, willing to reason and compromise with colleagues from the other side of the aisle in an effort to improve the wellbeing of the country. This is largely due to historical representations of the Founders and subsequent important figures learned in elementary and middle school courses, as well as depictions found in various classic movies and television shows. However, upon reaching…

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    Summary: Modern presidents keep straying from party politics and support. As a president it is very difficult to decide on how to balance staying loyal to a political party and also your own political ideologies. This is an example of the dilemma our current president is facing with congress; republicans in government keeping blocking policies such as raising minimum wage, no to student loan reform and etc. passed by President Barack Obama, which is creating a gridlock in congress in which the…

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    to serve men, not to serve ideals. Ideals should move politics forward and direct policies, but not dictate the day-to-day work of political life. It is important to differentiate between ideals and common ground consensus. Ideals are what fuel individual's plans and desires, but in a democracy it should be common ground or reasonable concensus that should be applied for government policies. When common ground is reached, ironically ideally, the best of the different ideals would be incorporated…

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