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10 Things to Expect If Republicans Win the Senate
Original Published By Tony Carrk | October 24, 2014 (Excerpts)
With the midterm elections less than two weeks away, the focus of most national coverage is which party will control the U.S. Senate next year.
With the fate of the U.S. Senate less than two weeks away from being determined, speculation about the Election Day outcome has media coverage of the political horse race in overdrive.
If the Republicans gain control of the Senate, here are the 10 things to expect:
1. Additional attempts to use the budget process to advance a conservative ideological agenda
2. More tax cuts for the wealthy and further spending cuts for middle- and working-class families
3.Obstruction of well-qualified judicial nominees, leaving vacancies on federal courts
4. A vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act
5. Attempts to roll back women’s health gains
6. Use of the Congressional Review Act to weaken environmental rules, jeopardizing public health
7. Action to dramatically expand people’s ability to carry concealed, loaded guns
8. Legislation that adversely affects the LGBT community
9. Legislation to deport DREAMers
10. New cuts to programs and rules that increase college access, affordability, and readiness
Based on recent political history, it is safe to assume a Republican majority would pursue the same failed economic policies that benefit the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. Moreover, a Republican-led Senate, in tandem with a House already controlled by the GOP, would work to roll back progressive policies such as the ACA, immigration reform, and the protection of clean air. Not content to stop there, a Congress with Republicans at the helm would try to push their conservative social agenda on women’s health and marriage equality and would gum up the works when it comes to confirming President Obama’s qualified judicial nominees to the nation’s courts.
While none of the legislative proposals mentioned have a significant chance of surviving a presidential veto, it is still instructive to examine the likely priorities of a Republican Senate and the stakes of such an outcome for American families. Elections have consequences, and this year’s midterm election is no different.
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By Les Marsden
Reprinted with permission from the author.
“I have always regarded the California Democratic Council as one of the United States’ most important centers of citizen participation in politics.”
—President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
“I’m not a member of any organized political party…. I’m a Democrat. Democrats never agree on anything, that’s why they’re Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they’d be Republicans.”
In 1953 the California Democratic Council (CDC) was a brilliant, brand-new idea: a means for the average-Joe/Jane Democrat to be involved with their political party and, hopefully, to influence it. And there was no organization quite like it-for either party. But what caused its birth?
By 1952, two decades of national dominance by FDR’s New Deal Democrats had unraveled – unsustainable with that charismatic President seven years dead. President Harry S. Truman’s popularity was at an all-time low and his re-election campaign itself died following his defeat by Estes Kefauver in the New Hampshire primary. After HST stepped aside, Adlai Stevenson became our Presidential nominee – a new breed of younger Democrat. Prominent liberal that he was, Stevenson really energized the grassroots of the party and his campaign prompted the creation of countless “Stevenson Clubs” of activists. But national tastes had changed, the country had grown conservative and in that 1952 election the GOP pulled off a complete rout. With Eisenhower’s victory in the White House and the Republicans gaining control of both houses of Congress, the Democrats were suddenly party non grata. And be stunned, in the event you didn’t know this: California – our beloved, bright-blue liberal California – had not only a Republican governor but BOTH senators were ALSO Republicans. Fortunately, the excited, activated liberal and youngish California Democrats, which Stevenson’s candidacy had awakened, were dedicated. They had a place to go when – during brainstorming sessions in 1952 and ’53 at Asilomar and Fresno by Alan Cranston and other similarly – inspired Stevenson supporters – the CDC was born. An over-arching organization to help create, encourage and unite Democratic clubs throughout the state. And in only a brief amount of time the CDC’s success was remarkable, as attested to by JFK.