On Tuesday, November 2nd, the United States electorate spoke or at least 41.5% of the spoke. The Democrats held on to the Senate, barely, and the Republicans took back the House of Representatives. The question now becomes what do the Republicans intend to do with their partial victory.
Tea Party Candidates were elected to both houses of Congress and far-right enthusiasts like Senator Elect Rand Paul from Kentucky want to roll back all of the legislation passed by the last Congress.
For your information, this includes bills on Wall Street Regulation and the Health Care Legislation. Republican Minority Leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell has already made an appearance at the Heritage Foundation (the Republican Think Tank) stating that Cap and Trade, the legislation to prevent Global Warming was DOA. You can expect attempts to freeze or diminish Social Security, lower payments to Doctors accepting Medicare, an attempt to raise the retirement age, again, as well as a push to privatize the Social Security Program putting it in the hands of Wall Street, the denizens of which did so well with your 401K and pension plans in 2008. You can also expect no more unemployment extensions for those of you who have been out of work since the beginning of the recession and no proposals passed to provide good paying construction jobs by financing public works to improve our aging and failing infrastructure.
The Department of Education could be dismantled in an era where American Schools trail fifteen countries in math and science. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy could be dismantled when all the rest of the globe is worried about climate change. Did the average American voter realize what they brought upon themselves by a vote for the Republican Party in 2010, probably not.
The fault here lies with the Democratic Party and its nominal head, President Barrack Obama. The Democrats did a terrible job of marketing their accomplishments and let the Republicans control the message delivered. Lies like calling the Health Care Legislation, "Death Panels," misrepresenting the cost estimates of programs like the auto bailout which has resulted in a profit for the Government as soon as GM completes their IPO. The President did come out of the Oval Office late in the election cycle, but unfortunately too late to move the electorate back to the Democratic column. What the Democrats needed was an organized, on message campaign, touting their accomplishments. What they got was individual races with no central theme where the candidates ran like herds of buffalo away from legislation that was beneficial to the general public. The Democrats need to wake up and learn how to present their successes. They need to know how to frame the conversation before their opponents do and they need to do this before 2012.
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