Voters Hand Republicans Power While they Vote Against the GOP Agenda

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 7th Nov 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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When it comes down to the real issues confronting the American nation, voters are showing very little interest in the solutions offered by Republicans.

Voting for the man, but against his agenda

The Republicans won big, probably because progressives became disenchanted with Barack Obama long ago, as he betrayed his progressive base and became just another center-right Democratic politician, no different from Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Shumer and a host of other neo-liberal, establishment Democrats. Millions who placed great hope and trust in Obama sat on their hands during this election, having learned the lesson they have been taught as a result of believing a politician's promises. To this observer, it brings to mind the lines of Bob Dylan: "Don't follow leaders, watch the parking meters."

So now the Republicans are in full control of the United States Congress. Regardless, those who did go to the polls on Election Day overwhelmingly repudiated the 2012 Republican Party platform, which called for eliminating the minimum wage. The language of the platform read "We must eliminate the minimum wage. The minimum wage has seriously restricted progress in the private sector."

In Arkansas and Illinois, where Republican candidates romped, voters nonetheless passed by 2-1 margins referendums to increase the minimum wage. State minimum wage increases were also approved by wide margins in the deep red states of Alaska, South Dakota and Nebraska.

In Congress the GOP has consistently voted against raising the minimum wage, as most Republicans are against the very idea of a minimum wage to begin with.

Illinois - a bellweather state

The president's home state of Illinois elected a Republican governor, but voters there actually went beyond just voting for an increase in the minimum wage. They overwhelmingly approved a "millionaire's tax," a surcharge of 3 percent on the state income tax payments of people earning over one million dollars annually. Of course, any talk of increasing taxes on the wealthy is met with universal disdain among GOP lawmakers.

Illinois voters also approved a law requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for prescription birth control, which directly repudiated the Supreme Court's right-wing majority vote in the Hobby Lobby case.

In three states and the District of Columbia, voters legalized the recreational use of marijuana, but since Congress runs DC, Republicans there have already indicated they plan to nullify the law.

Thus voters saw fit to enact many progressive agendas at the same time that they voted to give control of Congress to the GOP. Thus the people in this country are not nearly as far to the right as those who rule them. Stay tuned.

Predicting what the GOP in Congress will do

The new Republican majority will not only try to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), they will try to reduce Medicare to vouchers, privatizing it. They will seek to privatize Social Security. They will try to gut or eliminate any and all government agencies whose mission it is to protect the health and safety of ordinary citizens. They will try to gut and dismantle environmental protections and regulations, including those which seek to preserve clean air and water. They will approve the Keystone XL pipeline. They will seek to sell off public lands to private interests. They will continue an all out assault on the middle class and the poor as they try to shift the burden of taxation more and more away from the wealthy. They will try to cut funds for virtually every government activity that does not involve the military, the surveillance state, homeland security, and subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. And they will let the nation's infrastructure continue to fall apart and crumble.

The Republicans, who know very well how to push the American electorate's emotional buttons, have successfully distracted the American voters from their real agenda during this election season by their hysterical and demagogic efforts to sow fear and panic over Ebola, ISIS and illegal immigration, but that will only play for so long. Once the Republicans begin to push their extremist agenda in the form of legislation, the American people, one day, sooner rather than later, are going to wake up and see what they have wrought, and they will realize then that they have been snookered.

Link: This is the Republican Agenda

McConnell, Cruz, Bush photos from wikimedia commons

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author avatar Henry Haynes
8th Nov 2014 (#)

Excellent article. Democrats must decide what they stand for and who they are fighting for. Americans overwhelmingly support a minimum wage increase because they know it will boost wages across the board in a positive direction. The GOP largely wants no minimum wage and to have people work for $2 an hour or some other slave wage if that is what the "marketplace" dictates. Americans also want stronger background checks on guns because they realize psychopaths, sociopaths and mentally deranged and emotionally disturbed people shouldn't be able to just walk into a gun show and arm themselves to the teeth. Yet Democrats do not fight hard enough on minimum wage, background checks and other issues where an overwhelming majority of the people agree with them. Democrats constantly cave in.

It's sad to see so many working folks voting against their own economic interest. The white working class from Kentucky, West Virginia and elsewhere who are benefiting the most from the Affordable Care Act are the ones the most stridently against it. The Democrats have got to find a way to get the white working class voting in its economic interest again, because minority voters, single women and the young are not a large enough vote to win elections, especially in non-presidential years. Democrats have got to find a leader who can galvanize the white working class without losing the other elements of the Democratic coalition.

The billionaires buying influence as a result of the Citizens United SCOTUS decision is another issue that has a deleterious impact on these elections. The deck is stacked against those struggling to keep their heads above water. The sytem is tilted in favor of the one percent. And, sadly, the Democrats are in collusion and doing absolutely nothing about it.

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author avatar viewgreen
8th Nov 2014 (#)

Very interesting article... Thank you for charge another things about democracy issues... Indeed! Have great days for you all.. :)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Nov 2014 (#)

Your observations are totally right on, Henry. Thank you. Democrats are wimps. They fail to stand strongly for what they believe in. A perfect example is Alison Lundergan Grimes, who wouldn't admit she voted for Obama when she should have stood up and said "Of course, I voted for him. Do you think I would vote for a Republican. I'm a Democrat!" When folks saw her waffling and fidgeting around this question, they lost respect for her.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
10th Nov 2014 (#)

I'll add to what Democrats need to stop doing: STOP playing partisan politics; STOP shoving race, women, gays, birthrights, climate etc down everyone's throats. Democrats probably figured it out that jobs and security are most important to people.

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author avatar Lucie Christine
8th Nov 2014 (#)

It's sad to see how citizens aware of the necessity to go voting will be disappointed, then manipulated. It means that the political class is as rotten as the one we have in Europe. Thank you for sharing this interesting point of view

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you for commenting, Lucie. I appreciate it.

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author avatar Retired
9th Nov 2014 (#)

Steve, I wasn't signed in at the time, so my previous comment did not come in under my wikinut ID.

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author avatar writestuff
9th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you for this post and sharing your insights.To date, I do not believe IL. GOP nor IL.voters in general that supported the election of the new governor checked out his actions vs. his statements. I seriously question his veracity. So, far he's the best I've seen as a king of spin and I've seen a lot breed and raised in the 'Windy City'.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
10th Nov 2014 (#)

I was actually surprised and relieved to see IL kick Quinn out. IL happens to have one of the worst economic position: unions, pension deficits, useless expenditure in badly run schools etc - generally a Democratic way :)
Hopefully Republicans will step up now that people have installed them there.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Nov 2014 (#)

Don't hold your breath. Thanks for commenting Joyce.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
11th Nov 2014 (#)

W ill see how the new congress works out!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Nov 2014 (#)

We shall indeed see.

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