President Obama seems to expect otherwise, but Jon Boehner and Mitch McConnell have no intention of compromising in the 112th Congress:
Despite what some Democrats in Congress have suggested, voters did not signal they wanted more cooperation on the Democrats' big-government policies that most Americans oppose. On the contrary, they want both parties to work together on policies that will help create the conditions for private-sector job growth. They want us to stop the spending binge, cut the deficit and send a clear message on taxes and regulations so small businesses can start hiring again.
Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, and while some white Southerners have chosen to commemorate it with an acknowledgment that the war was absolutely about slavery, others would rather revel in the fantasy that the "peculiar institution" had nothing to do with it:
In Genesis 1:28, God -- or at least, the ancient Israelite version -- told the newly created Adam and Eve to establish their reign over the Earth, "God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Fast-forward to the present, and some right-wing evangelical Christians are taking that message very seriously:
To jump off from Tim's post, it's worth pointing out just how underpaid federal workers are compared to their private-sector counterparts, especially after President Obama's decision to adopt and reinforce the conservative idea that government workers are way overpaid.