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Not always. But in this case, yes. The opposition has gained control of both branches of the legislature. This does not mean that they get their own way but it does mean that they can determine which bills will come up for a vote. They can effectively kill a bill but not necessarily pass a bill. Their majority is not great enough to do that and they know it.
So if i have this right , halfway through your presidents term they hold elections where the balance of power shifts to the opposition .
As far as new legislation goes, yes. Potentially. But if those Republicans want to stay in the catbird seat they may want to temper their approach.
If so would not your government be potentially useless for half their term .
So why have a 4 year term if you can possibly be screwed at the half way mark .
originally posted by: Phage
The essence of what Limbaugh said is correct. The only thing the Republicans can "do" is be obstructionist. That being the reason they were elected (his claim) is probably not correct.
The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, at 35%. Add in state and local taxes and it averages 40%. No wonder America's most profitable, highest taxed companies will stop at nothing to keep their earnings overseas and out of the grasp of Uncle Sam. Here's a list of the 25 megacorps that pay megataxes...All data reflects trailing 12 months to April 1, 2013. Via FactSet Research Systems.
Twenty-six of the most powerful American corporations – such as Boeing, General Electric, and Verizon – paid no federal income tax from 2008 to 2012, according to a new report detailing how Fortune 500 companies exploit tax breaks and loopholes.
Defenders of low corporate taxes call the US federal statutory rate of 35 percent one of the highest companies face in any nation. But the report signals how the most formidable corporate entities in the US take advantage of tax breaks, loopholes, and accounting schemes to keep their effective rates down.
originally posted by: tavi45
a reply to: Phoenix
Reid is part of the corporatist Democrats which have corrupted the party and more rightfully should be Republican. Obama is one of those. Just watch how much gets passed. Obama will be busy signing more laws intended to screw Americans over.