Wednesday, March 11, 2009

How Lincoln did it

President Obama is fond of talking about what domestic policies Abraham Lincoln accomplished during the Civil War.
What was Lincoln's secret? His opponents left Congress. I found this chart of Congress during that era. The Congress went from 83 Democrats in 1859-60 to 44 in 1861-62. There were 55 fewer representatives because of the legislators who left with the Confederacy.
Take away half the Republicans, and President Obama could pass more of his stuff, too.

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