Despite congressional changes, hope remains for bi-partisan agenda

This week many Democrats were disappointed to find the Republicans taking over control of the Senate. As Obama nears towards the dreaded margin of becoming a lame duck President, helpless to the pressures of a Republican majority in the legislature, it seems bi-partisan tensions will be as high as ever. If most newly elected Republicans in Congress stand behind their negative attack-ads that relentlessly bashed the democratic party for affiliation with the President and his healthcare, this will not be good for anyone. However, if President Obama holds up promises he had made to cooperate with the GOP, this division may bring some good to the nation. For instance, the Democratic congress and the Republican President Ronald Reagan of the 80s put forth foreign policies to end the Cold War. President Bill Clinton also faced a congress led by the opposition, yet he was able to accomplish an overhaul of welfare and create a balanced budget in the 90s. The situation of our government today could follow suit as previously divided legislative and executive branches were able to work around their bi-partisan agenda for the greater good of America.