The more things change, the more things stay the same.  As I write this, it looks like the Republicans are going to take control of the U.S. Senate.  But will that actually alter the direction of the country?  Will that actually change anything?  There are many that hope that this could represent a “turning point” for America, but history tells us that almost certainly will not be the case.  Over the past 30 years, things have changed very little no matter which party has controlled the White House and no matter which party has controlled Congress.  During that time frame, the national debt has continued to explode, our long-term economic problems have continued to get even worse, our liberties and freedoms have continued to erode and our nation has increasingly become a moral cesspool.  And the truth is that at this point there is very little real difference between most Democrats and most Republicans.  The corruption in Washington D.C. runs extremely deep, and very few politicians are able to enter that environment without being fundamentally affected by it.

In recent times, midterm elections have become primarily about punishing whoever is in the White House.  In this case, there is definitely much to be dissatisfied about as far as Barack Obama is concerned.  In fact, many consider him to be the worst president in U.S. history, and that is saying a lot.

When Obama first entered the White House, his approval numbers were incredibly high.  But over time they have fallen substantially.

According to a CNN poll taken in late October, 53 percent of Americans disapprove of the way that Barack Obama is performing his job, and close to 70 percent of Americans are upset about the direction the country is headed.

And without a doubt, the sour mood of the country was clearly reflected in the election results as they rolled in on Tuesday night.

But despite the millions upon millions of votes that were cast by concerned Americans on Tuesday, very little is likely to change in the way that this nation is governed.

One reason for this is because Barack Obama has the power to block pretty much whatever the Republican Congress does.  If a piece of legislation is passed that he does not like, he can simply veto it.  Unfortunately for the Republicans, they do not have the numbers to override a veto.

This means that the Republicans are not going to be able to overturn Obamacare.  No matter how much the American people may hate it, we are stuck with it for at least another two years.

This also means that Barack Obama has the power to single-handedly stop the Keystone pipeline.  Even though surveys show that Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of the pipeline, the only way that it will move forward is if Barack Obama allows it to happen.

Another reason why very little is likely to change in Washington is because Democrats and Republicans actually agree on far more issues than they disagree.  Just consider the following…

– The U.S. national debt has absolutely exploded in recent years no matter which party has had control of Congress.  Republicans were swept to power in the U.S. House of Representatives four years ago with a mandate to control government spending, but that has not happened.  In fact, the U.S. national debt increased by more than a trillion dollars in fiscal year 2014.



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