U.S. posts 3 Billion Dollar budget surplus in January 2013
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February 14th, 2013 (10:43 PM).
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There's truth to that. Minority governments are a great byproduct of a parliamentary system. I quite like them. Actual negotiating and bargaining has to take place. Compromise.
I don't see a lot of that in the current US federal government though. Just deadlock that leads to nothing, and nothing leads to a lack of new spending, which leads to savings. But... if they're doing nothing, why are they there and getting paid?
We could have minority governments in the American system, if the voters started electing third party candidates to Congress.
During the 110th Congress, both the Democrats and the Republicans held 49 out of 100 seats, so the 2 Independent Senators caucused with the Democrats in order to give them a narrow majority.
Gridlock isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's put pressure on both parties to set aside their sacred horses to get things done.
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