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Did the nation give evidence on Tuesday that we are moving to the right,...or to the left....or is there no evidence of movement at all?
David Espos of the AP says today that the election offered "mixed-verdict results." Did it?
Not only did Democrats maintain control of the Senate in Tueday's election, they added to their majority there. Democrats defended more than twice the number of incumbent senate seats as Republicans in Tuesday's election....yet gained ground. Republicans were confident this time last year that they would recapture the Senate in 2012.. Yet, Democrats, not Republicans, made gains in the Senate on Tuesday.
President Obama won the electoral college vote 339-206. A big win. Obama took the popular vote by some 2 1/2 million votes, winning 50%-48%, a 2% margin. Yet, L.A. Times writer Doyle McManus today labeled the popular vote "a near tie." G.W. Bush lost the popular vote in 2000, yet claimed a mandate to lower tax rates. Villagers are claiming that a 2% popular vote Obama win is not a mandate at all.
Republicans kept power in the House, Democrats only trimming the GOP's majority there by 2 seats or so.
Additionally, 2 states passed recreational weed use, 2 states legalized gay marriage, one state defeated a gay marriage ban and Wisconsin voted in an openly gay U..S. Senator....our nation's first.
Does that seem like a "mixed-verdict" election outcome to you? Secondly, is there a good reason why we can't have a more honest media?
Oh, well. Anyway.....here's what I really want to talk about today....here's the GOP Speaker of the House yesterday...
"We aren't seeking to impose our will on the president; we're asking him to make good on his 'balanced' approach," Boehner said. "A 'balanced' approach isn't balanced if it means higher tax rates on the small businesses that are key to getting our economy moving again and keeping it moving."
GOP Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell said he and his filibustering record-setters on the GOP side of the senate would "be there to meet him halfway".....which seems almost quaintly conciliatory until you read the rest of McConnell's words....
“That begins by proposing a way for both parties to work together in avoiding the ‘fiscal cliff’ without harming a weak and fragile economy, and when that is behind us work with us to reform the tax code and our broken entitlement system,” he said.
Democrats and the president ran campaigns on raising income tax rates on those making over $250K. President Obama won re-election, and Democrats made gains....gains...in the Senate, less so in the House. If I'm understanding the GOP leadership, as well as the Village's response to the election results....when Democrats win the White House and expand their majority in the Senate....that means Republicans are entitled to having their agenda passed.
Doesn't that seem, like,....odd, somehow?
Look carefully at what Boehner and McConnell said yesterday. I'll give them one thing....they have brass-ballian audacity. The GOP leaders will not accept any new tax rate increases. Full stop.
In light of Obama's re-election and the Democrats making gains in the Senate, Republican triggermen insist on taking a "balanced" approach when it comes to party differences. A balanced approach to Republicans mean they get everything they want. That's what "balanced" means to Republicans.
And so, Mitch and John's idea of meeting Obama "halfway" is first...making all the Bush-era tax rates permanent and reneging on the sequestration agreement made by both parties last summer....but only on defense spending cuts, not domestic spending cuts.That's what "avoiding the fiscal cliff without harming a weak and fragile economy" means.
Then what? Boehner and McConnell want the re-elected Obama to then "reform the tax code and our broken entitlement system." Reforming the tax code, to Republicans and Villagers, means eliminating deductions in the tax code in order to LOWER tax rates. Reforming our broken entitlement system simply means cutting Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid benefits. If Romney would have won, it would have meant privatizing those programs, but because Obama won, it means cutting those programs. See how that works?
Yes, on Tuesday Democrats gained ground in the Senate when they were expected to lose ground there. Yes, Obama won his re-election handily in spite of high unemployment numbers and a massive GOP vote suppression effort...oh, and in spite of a boat load of lies and deception. To Republicans, what all that means is that Americans voted on Tuesday in order to have Republican and conservative policies implemented.
As crazy as all that seems, at least to me,.....that's the post-election "message" coming out of D.C.
Oh yeah.....almost forgot.....and the upcoming articles of impeachment against Obama over Benghazi.