8 thoughts on “Divided government and gridlock in the United States | Khan Academy

  1. Well it's not divided NOW & it's not going to be when Trump's obNOXIOUS behavior turns EVERYthing blue so Dems can go full-force with feeling sorry for the bastards who killed our loved ones on September 11 in cold freakin' blood, have never felt even a WISP of sorrow for doing so but they get to run free as a naked jaybird from Guantanamo just bc some OTHER idiot decision turned Democrats into a frothing mass of absurdists who think they should go free instead of serve time for what they alREADY did – and evidence of it existed beFORE anyone ever thought up the totally STUPID idea of torturing them.
    They gave 2,988 families, including ours, a life sentence. They don't deSERVE to go free and anyone who lets it happen will hear abt it when they get ready to take their little journey into the Afterlife, or whatever comes after this half-hellish existence.

  2. We have divided government.  Democrats, and Republicans and they both work for capitalist and corporations.

  3. Good overview. Contrary to your commentary in this video, I am one among many who talk about "the beauty of divided government". It is the way our system of check, balances and separation of powers was designed by framers. A One Party Rule Unified Government undermines those constitutional protections and weakens oversight between the branches. A divided government reinforces those protections and strengthens oversight. There is a great deal of historical scholarship that documents the policy benefits of divided government in the U.S. including:

    Greater fiscal responsibility and restrained growth of spending.
    Better, more carefully considered, and longer lasting major legislation.
    Greater congressional oversight of executive branch and reinforced constitutional checks, balances and separation of power.
    Less corruption, less special interest influence and greater oversight of the “fourth branch”.
    Lower likelihood of major wars and fewer nation building exercises.

    Net net – Better Governance. I outine this in more detail on my blog: http://www.dividist.com/

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