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Kalamazoo Professor says it will take an attitude change in Washington to avoid more deadlock

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WMU Political Science Professor Peter Wielhouwer
WMU Political Science Professor Peter Wielhouwer

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The more things change, the more they stay the same. The Politicians and their proxies spent billions on this election, both sides calling for non-partisan ship and change and it appears that we may get neither.

Both President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have declared since the election that they are willing to work together, but both have staked out positions that won’t make that easy.

Voters have reelected a white house and a congress that looks pretty much the same as the last one, except for the decision to send a few more democrats to the senate.

WMU Political Science Professor Peter Wielhouwer says President Obama could face the same kind of opposition to his major initiative this session. He says having a few more Democrats in the house reduces the number of moderate republicans they have to recruit to reduce filibusters, but republicans in the house remain sharply devided between traditional members and Tea Party advocates.

Wielhouwer says there appears to be some moderate republican senators willing to play ball with the White House, but democrats already have the majority in the upper chamber. The fiscal cliff is the first test that Washington will face and right now weilhower says it doesn’t look too promsing.Are republicans willng to let the country slide back into recession rather than deviate from their economic principles? We are about to find out.

 

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