Looking At The Election After-Math
In America's Statehouses and in Washington, DC can the newcomers actually make a difference?
Republicans will control the Senate in 2015 and 2016. What happens in January 2015? Republican-controlled House legislation has been backlogged by Senate inaction under Democrat Nevada Senator Harry Reid. What happens now?
Jointly agreed legislation on Immigration Reform, Tax Code Reform, Border Security, and funding for Infrastructure Revitalization, are at the top of the pile of bills to be sent to President Obama's desk in the White House.
Will the president veto Republican-sponsored legislation that finally gets to come to his desk? If he does,and does it over and over, the public revulsion at the current "gridlock" will shift its focus from Congress to a Democrat president who already has low ratings going forward into the last two years of his presidency.
Will there be an early honeymoon between the White House and Congress? The answer is likely a "Yes."
The president needs to finally appear as if he meant his 2008 promise to work with Republicans for the good of the country. Republicans need the president's cooperation, if anything other than gridlock is to be the story going forward.
What is at stake to make progress on important issues possible?
The answer is colored by what Democrats and Republicans each see as essential to their 2016 hopes for control of the White House, and any changes they hope for as to control of the House and the Senate in that year which they both see as critical to their political hopes for America's future.
The Keystone Project, Job Growth, Global Warming, ISIS, Veteran's and Military Funding, Education,Sentencing Reform and Judgeships (including on the Supreme Court,) the National Security Agency's Powers, The National Debt, and The Minimum Wage, these are among the issues this Republican-controlled Congress and the embattled president have to face for the good of all Americans.
First the dust has to settle, and it's time for Congress to go to the local gymnasium and rebuild some unused muscles they will need for the political games going forward.
Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
I, for one, will be hoping and praying for progress for all of us.
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