With the election of Donald Trump, the Republican Party has drawn a political royal flush — controlling the executive branch, both houses of the legislative branch and, soon, the judicial branch. This kind of good electoral fortune is relatively uncommon having occurred just four times over the past three decades: in 1993 under Bill Clinton, in 2003 and 2005 under George W. Bush and in 2009 under Barack Obama.
When one of our major parties gets complete control over the levers of power, something of significance usually follows. After 1993, the Clinton administration presided over an economic miracle — the U.S. experienced a financial surplus for several years. In 2003, the Bush administration launched our country into an unjustified and disastrous war and independently wrecked the American economy. After 2009, the Obama administration repaired most of the damage done during the Bush administration.
If past is prologue, we should expect some interesting developments during the next four years. Trump supporters look forward to a flood of jobs that will make America great again. Others anticipate environmental disaster, trade wars and perhaps nuclear conflict. Let’s pay attention and use our observations to inform our political positions in 2020.
Joseph Griffin, Bellefonte
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