The election is over and the Republicans did much better than expected. Perhaps the most stunning result was Republicans winning the governor’s seat in Democratic strongholds Maryland and Massachusetts as well as the president’s home state Illinois. It also took control of the US Senate by a margin more than expected.
Contrary to pre-election reports the economy was the issue with voter distress at a still moribund economy pushing them to new remedies. It was also reflected by the large number of businessmen elected to state and federal offices. The probable cause for this was a belief that business, not government, offers a better way to deal with a faltering economy.
This election saw the first Iraq-Afghanistan veterans elected to prominent offices. No doubt this will be an increasing trend. It will be interesting to see how these vets respond to defense spending and new conflicts.
The Republicans did a distinct turn to wooing women. Several Republican ladies were elected to the Senate and state houses. Perhaps the most telling move to pull votes from traditionally non-GOP quarters was the election of the first black female Republican to the US House of Representatives. The party has seen the gender divide in American politics and is taking steps to address this.
What should be expect from a US Congress with the Republicans in control of both chambers? Certainly action on energy with clearing the Keystone Pipeline the first order of business. They willl also push other legislation freeing further development of our oil and gas supplies, e.g opening more federal lands to prospecting for these fuels.
The immigration issue will focus on greater border control which will also play to concerns about radicals entering the USA through our land borders. I would expect new bills calling for large increases in our border security agencies.
The Congress will be looking at bills designed to amend the Affordable Health Care Act rather than abolish it. No doubt carefully crafted amendments designed to lessen waste and improve efficiency will be appealing to both sides of the Congress. There will be some attempt to giving back most control over public health care to the states.
Perhaps most importantly there will be a new FEDERAL BUDGET for the first time in years. It will be passed by the Congress and sent to the president for him to accept or veto at the peril of being seen as an obstructionist. No doubt the budget will be mostly the child of Congressman Paul Ryan who is easily the most knowledgeable person about the Fed’s budget on Capitol Hill.
Time to get to work.