An Echo Not a Choice
As predicted by polls, the GOP has swept the statewide races in Texas and taken a majority in the US House of Representatives. Results here in Harris County look much the same. An impressive mandate: over half of 39% of eligible Texans have spoken. The winners say this is all about Obama. Funny, I didn’t see his name anywhere on my ballot.
Obama’s two-year record of legislative success, achieved despite slim majorities and with hardly one Republican vote, has scarcely been noticed by the electorate. Expeditious measures to arrest the freefall of the US economy, progressive reforms in banking, credit, and healthcare, a payroll tax cut, and withdrawal of forces from Iraq are all ignored by the corporate shills on TV “news,” and unnoticed by the vidiots that stare at them.
Soon-to-be GOP House leaders have already announced that they will proceed with investigations of wrongdoing in the Obama administration, whatever that means. Don’t hold your breath waiting for John Boehner to say that “impeachment is off the table,” as Nancy Pelosi did when she took over under the Bush administration. I expect them to prosecute him under provisions of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. I wonder if folks knew that they were voting for witch-hunts?
Hapless Obama says he will reach out to work with the new Republican Congress. I guess he has to say that, but he must know that they have no intention of working for anything except his defeat in 2012, country be damned.
The voters of Kentucky have replaced retiring Paleo-Conservative Senator Jim “Bean-ball” Bunning with Paleo-Libertarian randroid Rand Paul. Paul is a wing-nut deficit hawk who would, among other things put the dollar back on the gold standard. As a Senator, Paul has the power to filibuster the upcoming move to raise the $14 trillion dollar statutory debt ceiling, shutting down the federal government, something Newt Gingrich needed a House majority to do in 1995.
Back in Texas, the GOP will go to work in January with robust majorities to enact their mandate for lower taxes and smaller government. This in a state facing a $20 billion structural deficit from the last round of tax cuts. Expect deep cuts in education and social services in this state that is already bring up the rear in both categories.
And so the people have spoken, regurgitating the message that has been drummed into them by the corporate media ever since they elected Obama, the secret Muslim who wants to cut off our heads. As that great misanthrope H.L. Mencken said; “The common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”