Against Obama, But For What?

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After billions in attack ads that turned the approval ratings of almost every candidate, in both parties, upside down, Republicans appear primed to take control of Congress.

Why are Democrats falling like dominoes?

Easy. Theirs is the Party of Government. And government is failing. And their leader Obama projects diffidence and incompetence.

National surveys also show that large majorities believe America is heading in the wrong direction, that our children will not have it as good as we did, and that the United States is in a long-term decline.

Measuring the performance of Obama against the promise, America is voting for another change in leadership and direction.

But where does she wish to go? And whom does she wish to lead her? The country is voting against Obama, but voting for what?

The new majority leader is likely to be Mitch McConnell, who is about as popular as Harry Reid. The Republican Party that will take power is less well-regarded than the Democratic Party losing it.

What America is voting against is easier to discern than what she is voting for. Consider. Who speaks for a victorious GOP today?

The principal foreign policy voices in the new Senate will be Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Tennessee’s Bob Corker, who is slated to become chairman of foreign relations. All are interventionists; all are hawks.

But are the American people really voting to send arms to Kiev, to confront Russia in Ukraine, and to commit to a forever-war to “degrade and ultimately defeat” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria?

Does the country really want a clash with Iran over its nuclear enrichment program?

If so, the GOP should return to Washington and, in the lame-duck session, authorize Obama to take us to war with the Islamic State.

My sense: A victorious GOP would prefer to take a pass on that.

At its core, the Republican Party is socially conservative, a family values party. The party champions right-to-life and opposes same-sex marriage and legalized marijuana.

How many Republicans ran on these issues this fall?

How many will be advancing this social agenda in Congress? How many cultural warriors are left in the GOP, when even the pope is calling for a truce in the culture wars?

Yet if the GOP is no longer united on foreign policy and social issues, surely they are as one on lower taxes and smaller government.

But are they really?

Certainly, even liberals must see from the inversion epidemic — U.S. companies buying up foreign firms to change residence and nationality — that having the highest corporate tax rate is economic suicide.

But is the Republican Party so committed to a balanced budget that Congress will slash spending to match cuts in tax rates and tax revenues?

And, if so, where does the GOP propose cuts?

Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and defense are the big budget items. Is the GOP ready to cap or cut these?

Will the GOP go after education, housing, income security, or food stamps, with Obama accusing them of pillaging the programs of the working and middle class while protecting Wall Street and the 1 percent?

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The Coming November Wars

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As it stands today, Republicans will add seats in the House and recapture the Senate on Tuesday.

However, the near-certainty is that those elections will be swiftly eclipsed by issues of war, peace, immigration, and race, all of which will be moved front and center this November.

Consider. If repeated leaks from investigators to reporters covering the Ferguson story are true, there may be no indictment of officer Darren Wilson, the cop who shot Michael Brown.

Should that happen, militant voices are already threatening, “All hell will break loose.” Police in the city and 90-some municipalities in St. Louis County, as well as the state police, are preparing for major violence.

After flying out to Ferguson to declare, “I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man.” Eric Holder has once again brought his healing touch to the bleeding wound.

Yesterday, Holder said it is “pretty clear” that there is a “need for wholesale change” in the Ferguson police department.

But, Holder notwithstanding, that is not at all “clear.”

Should the grand jury decide that Wilson fired in self-defense in a struggle with Brown over his gun, and fired again when the 6’4″ 300-pound teenager charged him, what would justify a purge of the Ferguson police department or the dismissal of Chief Thomas Jackson?

What exactly have the Ferguson cops done to deserve the remorseless vilification they have received?

Yet, as St. Louis is bitterly divided over this incident and how it has been exploited, so, too, will be the nation, should November 2014 provide a replay of the urban riots of yesteryear.

And the president himself will invite a social explosion if he proceeds with White House plans for an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens residing in the United States.

Obama is reportedly considering an end to the deportation of an entire class of illegals, perhaps numbering five million, providing them with work permits and putting them on a path to permanent residency.

Such a post-election amnesty would bring a full-throated roar of approval from La Raza and the liberal wing of Obama’s party, but it would evoke an even louder roar of protest from Middle America. And such a presidential usurpation of power would poison Obama’s relations with the new Congress before it was even sworn in.

Undeniably, this would be a decision for which Obama would be remembered by history. But it is not at all clear that he would be well-remembered by his countrymen.

Indeed, among the reasons Obama did not act before the election was that he knew full well that any sweeping amnesty for illegals would sink all of his embattled red-state senators.

The corporate wing of the GOP might welcome the removal of the immigration issue from the national debate. But conservatives and populists will bring it back in the presidential primaries in the new year.

There are also two simmering issues of foreign policy likely to come to a boil and split Congress and country before Christmas.

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The GOP Story The Media Is Missing

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The vast majority of political journalists — and I include some of my conservative colleagues — are missing a very big story.

The Republicans are going to recapture the Senate, picking up more seats than most any forecaster expects. And the House GOP is going to add to its majority. But then comes the big story: The beginning of a new conservative revolution.

The idea that nothing much will change if the GOP captures the whole Congress is just plain wrong. The politics and policies in Washington are about to change in a major way.

Obama may still be president. But he is going to be immediately confronted with a flood of new bills that will change the debate on tax reform, energy, health care, education, international trade, and regulations.

Obama will no longer be able to hide behind Harry Reid, who has stopped all voting on these matters. And Mitch McConnell, as Senate majority leader, will be able to move forward the reform ideas of his caucus and House policy leaders like Paul Ryan, Jeb Hensarling, Kevin Brady, and many others.

Obama’s head will spin with all the new paperwork on his desk. He may even have to cut back on his golf game.

Of course, because of his left-wing ideology, Obama may veto everything. But if he does, he’s setting up a new Republican agenda for the 2016 presidential race. Either Hillary Clinton completely jumps the Obama ship, or she’s pulled way left by the Democratic party’s Bill de Blasio/Elizabeth Warren/Sandinista wing. Either way she’s in trouble.

And maybe some Senate Democrats vote to override Obama’s vetoes, with some even converting to Republicanism. An Angus King or a Joe Manchin may cross the aisle after the likely midterm GOP landslide.

Unfortunately, the current GOP never put together a clear national-policy election agenda. Not even a downsized Contract with America. But I suggest two Big Think thoughts for the first 100 days of the new Congress.

First is optimism: We know what the problems are, we know what the solutions should be, and we can make these changes quickly. Second is a re-energized evangelism by the Republican party for pro-growth, market-oriented, consumer-driven, pro-family policies.

“We all see this coming,” House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan told me in a recent interview. “Energy and tax reform are going to be at the top of the list.” And House Financial Services chairman Jeb Hensarling told me, “It’s time to put up or shut up for tax reform. Fairer, flatter, simpler, so the American people will at last know what the GOP would do for economic growth to rescue the country from the worst recovery since World War II.”

Hensarling also emphasized the need to expand the energy revolution and to stop the massive overregulation that has stunted growth.

“The regulatory red-tape burden, which violates the Founding Fathers’ Federalist paper 47 by diminishing the rule of law and increasing bureaucratic power in the executive branch at the expense of the constitutionally mandated legislative branch, has got to be stopped.”

Let me weigh in on the first two bills that the GOP should put on Obama’s desk.

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If Republicans Take Control Of The Senate, Here’s What To Expect Over The Next Two Years

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A few days ago, I had breakfast with a friend who’s giddy that the Republicans are likely to capture the U.S. Senate.

And yes, I have to admit, the prospect of making Harry Reid Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate warms my heart, too.

But at the same time, I’m not disillusioned enough to believe that a Republican Senate will lead to big changes in governance.

In fact, I spent much of our breakfast warning my friend not to expect real change… and if you, too, have high expectations for a GOP Senate, I want to warn you, as well.

Sure, Republicans will probably carry the night. The GOP is up slightly in toss-up states like Iowa, Arkansas, Kansas, Georgia, Kentucky, South Dakota, Alaska, Colorado, and North Carolina. The GOP may even pick up a seat in New Hampshire if a wave election develops.

Whatever the final outcome, the complexion of the U.S. Senate will be totally changed. However, if you understand how Washington is actually governed, you know that the change will have a minuscule effect on policy. You see, elected officials have, through complex legislation, given the power that was once theirs to the executive branch and other unelected bureaucrats.

This shift in power suits them well. They can return home to upset constituents and say: “Sorry, I can’t do anything about that” (which protects them at election time). If they don’t have power, they can’t be held responsible.

So if you dissect the major issues facing America, you’ll find that few policies change unless a president is changed.

A Glance Into the Future

Here is what’s likely to unfold in the next two years…

First, much of the legislation that Harry Reid kept from the Senate floor will finally pass. Unfortunately, President Obama will most likely take up the role of Harry Reid over the president’s final two years. He’ll veto the bills, and we’ll see all of the action in the administration.

On Obamacare, even with both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House voting to repeal, the nasty legislation will survive; and it’ll continue to remake the U.S. healthcare industry in unforeseen ways. Insurance premiums will continue to climb upwards. In turn, workers will continue to lose full-time jobs with benefits, which will then be replaced by management with part-time jobs at lower wages, and no benefits.

Let’s also keep in mind: Immigration reform will be dead with a GOP Senate. Likely, Harry Reid and John Boehner will get together before the change of power to craft an immigration reform bill.

If they can’t get any bill passed, then they’ll call upon Obama to act; and he’ll craft some form of executive action to give work permits to illegal aliens living here. These work permits will create a situation where reality clashes with law – and reality on the ground usually wins.

Meanwhile, foreign policy affords a president even more flexibility of action. The Obama strategic errors in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, and the Far East will continue unaffected.

Maybe a few more hearings will be convened to discuss the crises… but policy is as likely to change as the Oakland Raiders are to win the 2015 Super Bowl.

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Watch: A New Record? Democrat Chairwoman Makes A Fool Of Herself In Just 15 Seconds

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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said it again–another man, and Republicans in general, are abusing women.

“It’s Charlie Crist, the Democrat, that had my back,” she said. “Rick Scott has given us the back of his hand.”

The leader of the “War on Women,” Schultz was just in the news for saying that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was “giving women the back of his hand,” also.

“Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality,” she said.

“What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch.

H/T IJReview

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