published Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

A simple truth

The good news about Republicans recently gaining a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is that they will be able to block any huge, wasteful new spending bills that Democrats may propose. It is unlikely, for instance, that President Barack Obama will be able to muscle another massive, counterproductive "stimulus" bill into law.

The bad news is, even strong control of the House will not give Republicans the ability to reverse some of the massive deficit spending that Democrats in Congress and the president have enacted over the past two years.

Despite GOP gains in the Senate, Democrats still have a big majority there. It is unlikely that the Democrat majority is going to be open to Republican spending cuts, much less to efforts to roll back ObamaCare socialized medicine.

Plus, even if Republicans could get enough Democrats on their side in the Senate to enact real spending reforms, it is virtually certain that the president would veto them.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pointed out that basic truth a few days after the election.

"The fact is, if our primary legislative goals are to repeal and replace the health spending bill, to end the bailouts, cut spending and shrink the size and scope of government, the only way to do all of those things is to put someone in the White House who won't veto any of these things," McConnell said in a speech at The Heritage Foundation.

That makes the presidential and the congressional elections of 2012 vitally important. Though even a lot of Democrats are unhappy with the president, it seems very likely he will be their candidate again in 2012. The picture on the Republican side is murkier. No obvious "best bet" has arisen among potential GOP candidates. And who can say what the American people's mood toward Congress will be in two years?

So we are probably facing a time of gridlock in Congress -- which is not a bad thing if it prevents lots of new deficit spending. Then there will be elections that may bring greater clarity to the direction our nation will follow.

It will be an interesting two years.

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holdout said...

The republicans have been voted in in a big way. Now produce some results or leave in a big way.

November 10, 2010 at 8:45 a.m.
librul said...

Yeah, let's see what sort of solutions Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh can whisper in their ears over the next two years. Methinks that even the easily deceived, fearful masses will realize that the sky isn't really falling but that their pockets really have been picked.

November 10, 2010 at 9:49 a.m.
redbearded said...

Librul, I didn't realize any of those people got elected. You are right on one point though, the american people's pockets ARE still being picked by the current idiot-in-chiefand his minions. Maybe now he'll listen a little bit to what the majority of the people want instead of carrying out his own egotistical agenda. The health care debacle comes quickly to mind.

November 10, 2010 at 3:24 p.m.
hambone said...

Lets see who says NO now!

Gridlock is good at times!

November 11, 2010 at 1:11 p.m.
eeeeeek said...

The 111th Congress will return to Washington with legislative achievement that rivals President LBJ's “Great Society.”

Voters show their thanks by throwing lawmakers out of office. Good job.

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November 11, 2010 at 1:47 p.m.
LibDem said...

Well, at least "...Democrats still have a big majority (in the Senate)...". Or maybe Conservatives have trouble with big words like "big".

November 11, 2010 at 2:10 p.m.
carlB said...

the american people's pockets ARE still being picked by the current idiot-in-chiefand his minions. Maybe now he'll listen a little bit to what the majority of the people want instead of carrying out his own egotistical agenda. The health care debacle comes quickly to mind. Username: redbearded | On: November 10, 2010 at 3:24 p.m.


Reply to redbearded: Why are there more people in poverty, not paying any Federal taxes but the sales taxes for the States' counties and the cities are increasing along with the property owners taxes? The Middle class tax base is continuing to decrease. What you must be talking about is the conditions where the people do not have any money in their pockets because they are not working?

November 12, 2010 at 8:17 p.m.
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