Looking At The Election After-Math

In America's Statehouses and in Washington, DC can the newcomers actually make a difference?

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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.

Other issues?

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.

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Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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I, for one, will be hoping and praying for progress for all of us.

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lovemychris 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

War on Iran and impeachment hearings on the president.

More cut backs on poor and needy, bonansa for the rich.

Horror,as in 2000-2008

Environmental damage now a free-for-all.......since new Chair thinks climate change a hoax

New chair of armed services sang "bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb iran"

Netanyahu and Koch bros won tonight. IMO


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Availiasvision 2 years ago from California

For the first time in 8 years I finally have HOPE, ha! The whole system is screwed up, but atleast Harry Reid isn't running the show. It's nice to have a change of hands. Obama hasn't played nice with the Republicans. He started his office with one set of values and they seem to have shifted. In the beginning, he seemed to have a genuine interest in leading the country, now he seems like a weak pawn in the hands of greedy corporations. What do I know, I'm just a writer and try to not squeak my wheel too much.


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lovemychris 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

I know--isn't it funny....all these people derided the words hope and change.....now look at em. They all campaigned on change....and we go back to Bushco....there is no change. It's hard-core neophytes that have been there for decade.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

I haven't looked at the other states yet. All I know is that the Koch brothers bought out my state in every major race. In our state we say "thank God for Mississippi" because they are usually at the bottom of the list. I'm afraid that now Mississippi is going to be saying "thank God for Arkansas".


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peoplepower73 2 years ago from Placentia California

Whatever it is, it is not a republican or democratically controlled congress or even the president. They are all controlled by big corporations and big moneyed interests. Thanks to Citizens United for giving them the right to donate unlimited funds to all the candidates without disclosing who it comes from and tax free. Thanks to ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, that gives governors their marching orders. They send "model fill in the blank bills" to congress that are turned into actual bills. The members of ALEC include big corporations and big moneyed interest as well.

These are the people and organizations that are the "Wizard of Oz", behind the curtain that no one sees. They are only concerned and operate in their best interests, not yours or mine. All of congress and the president are funded by the Wizard of Oz for their campaign money. If we want real change and effective governance, the campaign funding by Oz has to stop. Right now, it is the Golden Rule...he who has the most gold rules and our government is beholden to the great Oz and all of its gold.


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lovemychris 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

Yes--already talking 1st thing on agenda.....Keystone Pipeline

gawd....this poor country!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

lovemychris - It wasn't the "1st thing on agenda" in this Hub, and I quote: "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."


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lovemychris 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

We shall see. Last time they said Jobs Jobs Jobs, and only thing they did was pass anti-abortion bills. And I surely hope they don't put un-acceptable ryders in every bill, as they did before, or make cruel demands....."we'll only give you unemployment if you extend Bush tax cuts" etc etc etc As one commenter put it: "They held a baseball bat to Obama and said: nice gvt you've got there...want to keep it"(questionmark)


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

@Peoplepower: I agree with you 100% and if I were allowed to, I could offer proof. I am a legislative editor and I edit these model fill-in-the-blank bills that come through. Some of them are so poorly drafted that both the editors and the legislative attorneys can't figure out what they are trying to say. They get sent back to the drafter with question marks all over them. They are usually sponsored by the most radical of the legislators and killed in committee, but not always.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

I recall that in 2012 the cry was "wait and see." That's pretty good advice now, also. Just make sure to keep letting your voice be heard.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago

Americans decided they didn't want to be a socialist country! Bravo!!!!


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lovemychris 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

The cry in 2012 was do nothing until Obama is gone. You see how now they are demanding their agenda......America voted fascism...and that is BOOOO worthy!

"an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization."

On Maddow's show, she mentioned a tea party school committee in Arison,where they want to cut pages out of a high school biology book because it mentions abortion.

They already re-wrote text books in Texas...replacing Jefferson as great statesman--w Calvin!

All this hullabalooo about socialism, communism, blahblahblah is a smokescreen for the religious right to steal your country right out from under you.

and the sad part is, we've seen it before.


bradmaster from orange county ca 2 years ago

Nothing changes for the better in CA.

There is little hope for change in a state that controls so many people with handouts.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

bradmaster from orange county ca - CA might try enfranchising their own Republican voters by dividing electoral votes according to which presidential candidate wins their individual congressional districts. If other high population states did the same, a presidential election would be decided more closely to the popular vote so many are clamoring it should (and it should.)

The Electoral College as still protecting us against a fraudulent "October Surprise."


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

bradmaster from orange county ca - CA might try enfranchising their own Republican voters by dividing electoral votes according to which presidential candidate wins their individual congressional districts. If other high population states did the same, a presidential election would be decided more closely to the popular vote so many are clamoring it should (and it should.)

The Electoral College as still protecting us against a fraudulent "October Surprise."


bradmaster from orange county ca 2 years ago

Perspycacious

That would be hard to do with the democrat controlled legislature, even our federal senators are democrats, as well as Rep Pelosi.

What would really work is if Ca was made into four states, at least two North and South, but four would be better.

Thanks


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I honestly hope that all will come to a good agreement together, and the Republic for Which It Stands,will once again, do what is right.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

avianmpvoe - It should be noted that the Democrat-controlled Senate took up the Keystone Pipeline Project and lost because Senator Landireu (D) of Louisiana couldn't get her needed votes.

We all (even die hard D's and R's?) hope country can prevail over party going forward. As for me, I see past Congresses that have spent us recklessly into a seemingly overwhelming National Debt, and I want to see some sane heads from both parties get that spending under control in 2015 or before. We simply cannot keep giving every voter everything.


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Perspycacious 24 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

lovemychris - Let's not characterize isolated incidents as being a nationwide movement. There is blame enough to go around for both major political parties, while what we really need in the new Congress is bipartisanship in reaching the best solution for each problem, and a president who works to aid such consensus.

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