IS A “REPUBLICAN” MAJORITY GOING TO BE ANY DIFFERENT ON THE ISSUES THAT REALLY MATTER?
By FITSNEWS || At long last, they’re over …
The 2014 elections, which began the day after Barack Obama was reelected, finally ended this week when a former female fighter pilot named Martha McSally (above) was declared the winner of Arizona’s second congressional district – defeating incumbent U.S. Rep. Ron Barber (former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords).
The race – which was so close it required a recount – ultimately resulted in a 167-vote victory for McSally, a “Republican.” Given that this was the last disputed election from the 2014 cycle, it means the “red” and “blue” teams are officially set. The GOP will have 54 seats in the United States Senate and 247 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives when the 114th Congress officially convenes on January 3, 2015.
That’s up from 45 Senate seats and 234 House seats … making this the most impressive “Republican” majority since 1929.
How will the GOP use that majority? Well, they clearly won’t be crafting a responsible budget for the coming year (because “Republicans” and lame duck Democrats have already caved on that). Nor, apparently, will they be reforming the budget process itself.
What will they do?
According to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham – raising taxes.
That’s right. The “Republican” majority isn’t going to look a helluva lot different from the Democratic majority when it comes to the two things that matter most of all to you – taxing and spending. As we’ve noted ad nauseam , all that’s changed (again) is which party has its grubby paws on the taxpayer spigot.
Sure, “Republicans” will spend the next two years saying it’s all Barack Obama’s fault … that nothing can get done because a Democrat is in the White House … but remember what happened the last time the GOP had total control of Washington, D.C.? Yeah … there was a spending orgy. And a steady assault on freedom and free markets. And the perpetuation of the welfare state. And crony capitalism. And needless warmongering. And expansion of our unsustainable entitlement systems.
In other words … exactly what happened when Democrats had total control of Washington, D.C.
“Heads they win, tails you lose,” a friend of ours from Florence, S.C. says of the process.
But hey, “Republicans.” You’ve got your majority.