this has gone on since pre-historical times. The most recent bump up was “the patriot act”. this was the 1st big failing of of the Obama administration; renewing the patriot act. BIG mistake. Still he was the only pick that was reasonable. Mc Cain, and the possibility of Palin, then Romney, who flipped and flopped all over the place. he was the ultimate “yes man” to the tea party and the very wealthiest few.