For the past two years Republicans controlled the presidency, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. They pretty much controlled everything related to tax policy, and corporations and the wealthy got their way with huge cuts to corporate taxes and a reduction in what they termed the "death tax." And, of course, Republicans had total control of Supreme Court nominations and secured a conservative bias, as recent decisions have shown.

The midterm elections around the country showed that not everyone was pleased with the direction Republicans took us.

Our President Donald Trump was offered an honest negotiation on border security, but at the behest of the likes of conservative pundits Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh he decided to declare he would be proud to shut down the government.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has given notice that we have a tripartite government, not the rubber-stamp one our president has enjoyed the past two years. Trump kept the government shut down at a huge risk to national security and his hope for re-election.

Jim Waldo