Let’s Play Politics

This week, President Barack Obama worked his power behind the desk of the Oval Office and vetoed his third bill since originally taking office in 2008. The bill was the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, designed to carry oil through the country in a more controlled, clean manner. As the bill made its rounds through Capitol Hill, growing speculation began to taint the pure intentions of the bill, which inevitably lead to perhaps the biggest game of politics we have seen in quite some time.

It is somewhat astounding that the president has refrained from vetoing so many bills. In fact, he has vetoed the fewest of any president within the last one hundred years (for now). But what could be even more astounding is the sheer number of bills he may have to veto in this final chapter of his presidency.

Courtesy: The Economist

Courtesy: The Economist

As we all know, both the House of Representatives and the Senate are under firm Republican control. The GOP has openly made plans to send several other bills in the direction of the president, all in a well-rehearsed effort to force the president into a political corner. Potential bills coming his way include: Obamacare, immigration and climate change.

So just as the race for 2016 is beginning to heat up, the current tug-of-war going on between the branches will be just as spectacle-worthy. Some may say that this is just the price of doing business when it comes to American politics. However, the solid majority of Americans seem to be fed up with the politics being played back and forth. Regardless of personal opinion, buckle up, because it is going to be a wild ride to the end of this year.


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