With the new year, Americans are blessed with a new class of legislators in Washington. Given the new Republican majority in the Senate, and an increased majority in the House of Representatives, I think it's safe to assume that all claims of obstructing congressional progress will be leveled at the oval office. President Obama will no longer be able to criticize Congress for not passing bills. Instead, he will be the obstructor with his veto power.
This is not meant to necessarily criticize either party, nor to praise one. We have embarked on another year of no net Congressional production. Most of us will be outspoken in our displeasure with another do-nothing session, same product with a few different names. But, there is some benefit in the perennial legislative logjam.
Do you like the mortgage interest deduction? I personally don't, but it's here for at least another year. Would you like to see bank assets freed up a bit so they can lend mortgage money profitably? I would, but it's not going to happen this year. Do you like Obamacare? I think it should be changed or more, but it's not going anywhere soon. Do you want a tax increase? I don't, but only Republicans can make that happen, and they probably won't.
The wheels of government turn slowly if at all, and that's fine with me.