In my opinion, both political parties have been playing this game for a long time. The result is the political "middle" is now solidly to the left. The Dems propose massive handout programs and the Reps counter, not by saying no but by saying not so much. Saying no would be politically disadvantageous to the Reps so they agree to the handout knowing full well every program created never goes away and always costs more and more. Both sides are guilty as sin.