I'm with Callie in being for a 'right sized' government, and I consider myself a liberal. Forgive me for being angry with the GOP, but the ones in office are being complete shitheads. This country is in a huge mess, but their main focus, and they don't even try to hide it, is making Obama a one term President. Shouldn't they be, ya know, trying to get us back on track? Shouldn't they be worried about jobs instead of women's reproductive organs?
When Bush was in office things got done. Those things weren't always good in my opinion, but the government never almost got shut down because the Democrats weren't getting their way. The Democrats never held anything important hostage to get something they really wanted.
I don't think the government should have its nose in our business, however, the banks were allowed to self-regulate, and look what they did... Consumers need to be protected from huge companies that will screw people over. The bank laws of 2005 were a long time coming. Credit card companies were sending out statements so late that in order to pay on time people had to make a phone payment, and naturally, there was a 'convenience' fee. Bank of America wanted to charge a fee for the privilege of having a debit card. Banks were letting people overdraw with debit cards and performing a 'service' by charging them an overdraft fee. My bank only sends out a notice in the mail. Even if I check my mail every day it'll take 2-3 days to get the notice, and I can ring up hundreds of dollars in fees, and the bank doesn't care if I can't pay my rent and buy food because I thought I had money I didn't. Banks and Wall Street will do all kinds of underhanded crap.
I believe there needs to be a balance. I don't think compromise is a bad thing. What I have a problem with is the Tea Party extremism. Trickle down economics won't work the way they're trying to do it. It hasn't been working, but these people would rather bury their heads in the sand and make crap up, point out the other side's short comings and not learn a damn thing.