Gridlock Likely No Matter Who Wins

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times - August 22, 2012

There are plenty of things not to like about this year's presidential campaign, including how nasty and negative a mud fight it's become, with both sides engaging in shameless distortion.

But here's the worst thing about this presidential campaign: No matter what happens on election day, there's little hope of a good outcome.

For most of the last four years, Washington has been mired in political gridlock, deadlocked between Republicans who want to slash government and keep taxes low and Democrats who are willing to trim government a bit but also want to raise taxes on the affluent.

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