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A Day of monumental change and conflict
Given today’s agenda, an analogy could be offered in which we are surveying a site on which major forces will soon clash, with a major potential for a result that can shape the future in a manner that is unappreciated by Many.
What we are surveying is not a military clash, of course, but a political one. The intensity of the participants and the potential impact of the events, can shape our lives dramatically.
A major focus will be on the House, where the major action is occurring. Republicans take control, while liberal Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi are sent packing. In November’s mid-term elections, Democrats were rejected and rejected big time. Republicans come to town with clear mandates to repeal Obamacare, and repair the damage to our health care system it has inflicted, or threatened to inflict.
Speaker John Boehner plans calling for a vote to repeal Obamacare next week…even before Obama delivers his State of the Union address. As one Internet news operation sets the scene: “a date's been set for the attempted repeal of the greatest federal control of our lives, and even our deaths, perhaps ever. Senate Democrats say over their dead political bodies. Game on.”
“Game on” indeed. Democrats are desperate to ignore the expressed will of the American people, and are girding themselves for a major fight. Why should Democrats concern themselves about “the will of the governed” now? When former Speaker Nancy Pelosi crammed Obama care through the House last year, it was an “in-your-face” rejection of a majority of Americans.
Typical of Democrat reactions to GOP plans to rid the country of Obama care, is that of far left Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She professes shock that Republicans are obsessed about killing the radical health scheme, when the barriers to success are so great. (Schultz votes 94% with her party.)
Over in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid andlieutenants such as Patty Murray of Washington, Charles Schumer of New York and Dick Durbin of Illinois are warning GOP House Speaker John Boehner, they will block any effort to repeal Obama Care.
The media, signed on with far left Democrats for decades, are making no secret of their intention to cover House repeal efforts through their biased views. An example from Reuters announcing Boehner’s setting a date for beginning repeal, carried a subhead: “Health care law extended coverage to millions." Get it? Those nasty Republicans are about to do a very bad thing.
However, “the Democrat overhaul was supposed to increase access to health care. Yet construction on 45 hospitals has been shut down due to the legislation. This is a step back, not ahead.
“As part of their effort to eventually end all private health care, the Democrats placed a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that in essence shuts down construction of new physician-owned hospitals and blocks existing ones from expanding.”
Meanwhile Senate Democrats have launched efforts to squelch participation by minority members and ending filibusters Under Harry Reid, working behind closed doors and shutting out public input (and Republicans), has been the order of the day.
As she left her Speaker’s office, Nancy Pelosi provided one more example of obvious insincerity. In a parting shot, Pelosi claimed: “Deficit reduction has been a high priority for us, it is our mantra; pay as you go. Unfortunately, that will be changed now.”
Huh? While a concept called “paygo” was passed by Democrats last year, they ignored its provisions and bypassed it’s intent. None of that phases Pelosi, of course, and her absurd observation is what Americans have come to expect.
Need we note Pelosi’s tenure as Speaker presided over the greatest increase in the national debt – ever.
The day’s top political news:
Taking Control of The House, The GOP Primes For Fight With Obama
ASSOCIATED PRESS: Taking control of the House at last, Republicans are rushing straight into a political fight with President Barack Obama over health care and changes in Washington they say voters demanded in the midterm elections.
The oath-taking today ends two years of Democratic dominance in the capital and ushers in a divided government in the run-up to the 2012 congressional and presidential elections. With campaigns but a short time away, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are set to square off over the size of government and the taxpayer dollars it spends.
Fresh from a Hawaii vacation, Obama told reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday that he expects Republicans initially to "play to their base." For now, both parties will build their election-year cases in the congressional arena.
‘Cut and grow’ is new mantra of incoming House GOP majority
THE HILL: House Republicans pledged to run “a cut-and-grow majority” in the 112th Congress that begins today, arguing they can expand the economy while reducing government spending.
The twin initiatives form the cornerstone of how Republicans hope to define themselves after a midterm election framed by GOP arguments that government had overreached under congressional Democrats and the Obama administration.
The GOP legislative agenda outlined on Tuesday by incoming Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) makes it clear the new majority will do everything it can to reflect what it believes was the mandate of the last election. The House will first vote to cut its budget by 5 percent Thursday before holding a healthcare repeal vote next week. After that, Cantor said, the GOP majority will move swiftly to fulfill its commitment to cutting spending back to 2008 levels.
As a second part of the majority’s opening act, Cantor said the GOP would target “job-killing” regulations across the federal government. The goal is to lay down a clear marker before Obama addresses the new Congress in his annual State of the Union speech, which is expected to take place the final week of January.
New Republican majority plans to act fast to undo Obama's agenda
Almost as soon as they take control of the House at noon, Republicans will embark on a 20-day plan aimed at undoing major aspects of President Obama's agenda as they seek to take advantage of the weeks before the Senate's return and the president's State of the Union address.
The first move will come Friday, when the House begins the process of repealing the new health-care law. House leaders will then quickly begin to identify tens of billions of dollars in proposed spending cuts and to ease regulations that businesses find burdensome.
Much of what Republicans do will be symbolic, given that Democrats still control the Senate and the White House. But the quick action will allow Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), the incoming speaker, and House Republicans to follow through on campaign pledges and to try to establish their party as a bulwark against what they see as an out-of-control government.
Recognizing the limits of their power, Republican leaders said they will follow their initial aggressive stance with efforts to force Obama into what they consider principled compromises. Those would most likely come with attempts to cut federal spending and spur job growth, two agenda items that both parties have set as priorities.