Stage 1: Media debate between Republicans in power and what the people and the Democrats want.
Stage 2: The people give the Democrats complete control.
Stage 3: Media debate between the hideous proposals of the Democrats and the powerless Republicans.
Stage 4: A debate between the proposals of those in power and what we the people demand begins to percolate up through the internet and grassroots organizing.
Stage 5: We take control or lose it completely.