The 114th Congress has been sworn in and Republicans are in control with the largest House majority since prior to the Great Depression and the Franklin Roosevelt presidency. With 247 members in the House and 54 out of 100 in the Senate, they are riding a wave not seen since the 71st Congress in 1929 and 1930.
The question hanging in the air now is: What will they do with this newfound power? Will they pay attention to the American people who, according to the latest polls, overwhelmingly want Congress to STOP the Obama agenda? Most voters, except for the radical far-left, which has its own agenda, can see that the country is going in the wrong direction, their quality of life is suffering, and they have real doubts that their children will have a better life than they did. Will the GOP step up to the plate and change this course of action now that it is in control?
When you look at the Republican polling results, the message is loud and clear. At least 71 percent of them think that the government is not looking out for the American people and that their main concern is getting re-elected and holding onto power. I hate to contradict Jonathon Gruber, but the Republican voters are not stupid. They can see right through the slick political talk and promises. They know the drill and realize that big government is full of cronyism and “good ol’ boys” in the financial, political and industrial world. They know that these folks will sell their souls to the highest bidder to get their piece of the pie. You’ve got to give the Republicans credit though; they have faith that someday, somehow, someone will emerge and actually do what they say and lead the way to a better America.
It seems that they are more skeptical these days, though. When you look at the approval ratings of the Republican leadership, it is at the bottom of the barrel. Less than 20 percent of Republican voters want John Boehner and Mitch McConnell as leaders. Sixty percent want Boehner out as speaker because, time and again, he has caved and compromised with Obama even though the voters have shouted their disapproval loud and clear. The love affair is over, and that is why the phone lines were melting down with people calling their representatives to oust him.
So will it be politics as usual with the old guard Republicans settling in and not making waves? It concerns me when one of the first statements from Mitch McConnell is that we shouldn’t “scare anybody” when trying to get our way. What? Isn’t that the point? Isn’t that the reason we fought to get a majority? I can remember Nancy Pelosi, and she was the scariest person I’ve ever seen – loud, with eyes bulging and in your face all the time. But the Democrats got what they wanted.
Even with control of the House since 2010, Republicans didn’t push back hard on anything. They made a little bit of noise over the amnesty talk, the executive orders and all of the scandals, but nothing was done about any of it. All of it just eventually became old news and faded away. It must be frustrating for the few members who really work hard and want to see results and do their job, but they are fighting an uphill battle against their own party.
In the last election, 81 percent voted for Republicans to stop Obamacare. Seventy-five percent voted to stop illegal amnesty. Seventy-one percent voted to completely STOP Obama’s agenda. The voters who went to the polls and made the decision to vote Republican did not want the “same old, same old” mantra that has paralyzed our government for the past six years. They don’t want the Republican majority in Congress to just “go along to get along” and not fight Obama because they don’t want to be labeled racist or whatever.
Once elections are over, it’s easy for these folks to just tell you what you want to hear, using strong words about how they are going to “repeal Obamacare, close the border, and stop Obama’s executive overreach,” all the while making back-room deals with Democrats on how to move forward with all of it. Don’t kid yourself; most of these elected representatives and senators want the same thing. Whether Democrat or Republican, they wheel and deal behind closed doors with the “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” attitude. It’s a lot easier for them to just sit back and go along with the agenda because they have lost the will to fight, or maybe they never wanted the fight in the first place. The only thing we as voters can do is continually vote them out if they don’t listen.
Watch the Netflix show “House of Cards” if you want a real insight into what we are dealing with. I got it straight from a Washington insider’s mouth when we talked about it. I joked that it was a brilliant show, but sometimes stretched credulity. He looked at me for a moment and then said, “You really think so? Yeah, it’s funny, isn’t it, how fiction mirrors reality?”
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