Tough two years in the US coming
November 5, 2014 Leave a comment
Seems that after the mid-term elections, President Obama will have his hands full.
The Republicans took control of both chambers in Congress for the first time in 8 years.
The GOP did not get the two-thirds congressional majority – so they can’t override a presidential veto. So now the GOP must come out with new laws that can work their way and be left enough so that Obama will pass.
Surely anything related to the “Obamacare” would be vetoed by Obama. In addition some GOPs have said that Obamacare seems to be working for the voters now. The GOP do want to cut down on some over-regulation such as the Environmental Protection Agency as well as budget cuts. On the other hand, the Keystone XL pipeline with oil coming from Canada could be finally approved.
However there are plenty of hard-line GOPs [let alone Tea Party followers] who could cause some problems. They could try and push for congressional investigations for everything that happened in the last 6 years [of course it could backfire as well]. They also will probably push for tax reform – particularly after Burger king’s headquarters moved to Canada in a merger with Canada’s Tim Hortons to reduce the number of taxes the company pays [but Burger King probably denies].
With a GOP majority, It also holds great power to approve or reject the judges, cabinet members, political staff, and diplomats that the White House appoints.
Many Supreme Court justices aren’t too far from retirement. Obama may decide to not fill in the seats if there is a retirement [or death] until the 2016 elections.
Even in the Gubernatorial races, the GOP picked up a few states.
If you think things got crazy, how is this one: A Republican, running for a House seat, from New York who faces 20 criminal charges, was heard on camera threatening to throw a guy off a balcony and was shunned by his own party during the campaign, won his seat.
On the other hand, most Presidents lose seats in midterm elections…. Although maybe not this badly.
Why the loses [aside from the history comment above]? Obama is stuck at around 40% approval but lower in swing states [those that bounce between GOP and Democrats during elections] and rural states where GOP is generally king. In a non-presidential election year, the electorate are older, whiter, and more conservative. In a presidential election, there are many younger, non-whites and more liberal voters.