Rants, Recipes and Ramblings

When the “Left” blames the “GOP”

I find it quite humorous when Liberal/Progressives say things like “the GOP has ruined America” or even think they are being “balanced” by saying that both sides bare blame.

I offer the following rejoinder and after doing so I get met with the sound of crickets since their is not much they can say.

Ummm…. The GOP have not controlled the County the Dem’s have. The laws that control the Country are written, debated and passed by the Legislature.

If one party simultaneously controlled the legislative Houses of Congress for 63% of the time since Ike was inaugurated might that party be a bit more culpable for the laws rather than the party that only had control for 20% of the time

Note that half (6 years) of the 20% of the time that Congress was controlled by the GOP was during Clinton’s term so that should put in perspective how little they have had control of those levers of power.

To drive home the point after Ike’s second year through the rest of his term, across the Kennedy/Johnson years, Nixon/Ford Years and the Carter years the Dems had a lock on Congress. For a short six years under Reagan Congress was split but then the Dems took over again for the last two years of Reagan and all of Bush I.

Senate House
1 Ike 1953 Rep Rep
2 1954 Rep Rep
3 1955 Dem Dem
4 1956 Dem Dem
5 Ike 1957 Dem Dem
6 1958 Dem Dem
7 1959 Dem Dem
8 1960 Dem Dem
9 Kennedy 1961 Dem Dem
10 1962 Dem Dem
11 1963 Dem Dem
12 Johnson 1964 Dem Dem
13 1965 Dem Dem
14 1966 Dem Dem
15 1967 Dem Dem
16 1968 Dem Dem
17 Nixon 1969 Dem Dem
18 1970 Dem Dem
19 1971 Dem Dem
20 1972 Dem Dem
21 Nixon/Ford 1973 Dem Dem
22 1974 Dem Dem
23 1975 Dem Dem
24 1976 Dem Dem
25 Carter 1977 Dem Dem
26 1978 Dem Dem
27 1979 Dem Dem
28 1980 Dem Dem
29 Reagan 1981 Rep Dem
30 1982 Rep Dem
31 1983 Rep Dem
32 1984 Rep Dem
33 Reagan 1985 Rep Dem
34 1986 Rep Dem
35 1987 Dem Dem
36 1988 Dem Dem
37 Bush 1989 Dem Dem
38 1990 Dem Dem
39 1991 Dem Dem
40 1992 Dem Dem
41 Clinton 1993 Dem Dem
42 1994 Dem Dem
43 1995 Rep Rep
44 1996 Rep Rep
45 Clinton 1997 Rep Rep
46 1998 Rep Rep
47 1999 Rep Rep
48 2000 Rep Rep
49 Bush 2001 Dem Rep
50 2002 Dem Rep
51 2003 Rep Rep
52 2004 Rep Rep
53 Bush 2005 Rep Rep
54 2006 Rep Rep
55 2007 Dem Dem
56 2008 Dem Dem
57 Obama 2009 Dem Dem
58 2010 Dem Dem
59 2011 Dem Rep
60 2012 Dem Rep
61 Obama 2013 Dem Rep

 

If you want to add in the years prior to Ike the comparison of which party wrote and passed the laws  of the last century are not on their side either.