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Democrats win House of Representatives in US midterm elections

American elections have ended with the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives off Trump’s Republican Party. But the President is still popular.

What it means: In America’s midterm elections this week, Democrats have won a majority of the  seats in the House of Representatives, giving them more power to push back on some of Trump’s ideas about how America and its economy should be run. But Republicans kept control of the Senate, suggesting plenty of people approve of what Trump’s doing.

Quick lesson on American politics if you don’t know how it’s organised (just skip ahead if you do): the American version of British parliament, called Congress, is split into two: the House of Representatives and the Senate. Both are made up of individuals who are elected to represent voters from different American states. There are some differences in what they do, but any new idea needs to win a majority of votes in both sections of Congress before it can become law.

What might a Democrat-majority House change about the American economy? Well, Trump and his party can now only pass laws that Democrats will support. In practice, that means he’s going to struggle to pass any laws which cut funding to social programmes (where the government gives money to poorer and vulnerable people) and he’s not going to be able to get rid of Obamacare (which makes sure all Americans have insurance to pay for medical care).

Trump might even end up putting more funding into social programmes in order to get Democrats to support some of his other policies. That means government spending will go up and America might end up with more debt. (People are divided about whether having lots of government debt is bad money management or better than underfunding public services).

Read our explainers on government spending and government debt.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?