The way it SHOULD work. The role of the republicans is to sharpen the democrats and the role of the democrats is to temper the republicans, not to undermine each other at all costs. The two parties are supposed to bring balance to each other. Instead of wholesale gutting the regulations proposed by democrats that ensure things like food safety, clean water and breathable air, the republicans are supposed to bring manageability to the paperwork and common business sense to the overall picture, with an ideology of 'conserving' resources, because it is so true that, left to its own devices, human industry by it's very nature of focusing on feeding itself daily would foul the planet and waste resources that our children deserve to have left to them. The conservatives are supposed to be above the daily grind with an eye on conservation of resources and future economic development, carefully spending The Peoples resources on infrastructure, and they're failing just as miserably as the social democrats, whose job it is to carefully spend The Peoples resources on necessary but unprofitable things like primary education and healthcare for poor kids, which, if neglected, have their own economic ramifications. Currently both ideologies are failing for the exact same reasons: Corruption & Money - including personal money, tax favoritism and blowing lobbyists for campaign money. The corruption instilled in our complex tax code of favoritism must end. Simple and therefore fair taxes and a budget balanced by law. Fiscal sanity in the election process. Is that too much to ask?