What Liberals Can Expect if Republicans Retake the Senate

cruz-idiotSince many signs point to liberals sitting this year’s election out, allowing Republicans to gain even more power in Congress, it seems that there’s a very real possibility that the GOP will control both the House and Senate starting in January.

And if that happens, liberals only have themselves to blame.

So I thought I’d paint a little picture of a few things we should prepare ourselves to expect if Republicans do take back control of the Senate in January.

The first thing they’ll undoubtedly target is the Affordable Care Act. See, they still won’t be able to repeal “Obamacare,” but they will have more power to sabotage the law. And what better way to make Americans oppose something that’s good for them, than by sabotaging it as much as possible so that Americans will have no choice but to oppose the law. After all, that’s why we have the Affordable Care Act in the first place. It’s really just a watered down version of the real health care law President Obama wanted passed. Many of its flaws are due in large part to the compromises with Republicans that Democrats had to make in order to get the law passed. So get ready for a full-on sabotage of the ACA.

You also might want to buckle your belt and get ready for President Obama’s impeachment. While they won’t be able to convict him in the Senate (which would be necessary to remove him from office), the House can still vote to impeach him, which I fully believe that they will do. See, most Americans oppose impeaching the president so you haven’t seen many mainstream Republicans openly support the idea – even though they actually do. In fact, you’ve seen even the more radical ones who’ve often pushed for Obama’s impeachment suddenly go silent these last couple of months. After all, why risk losing support heading into an election where all signs point to nothing but good news for your party? But I can almost guarantee that not too long after election day the “impeachment talk” will begin to churn once again among Republicans. Only this time, they’ll actually vote to do it.

We should all prepare ourselves for the passage of numerous jobs bills that have no intention of creating jobs. It’ll just be one “jobs bill” after another that are nothing more than Bush era economic policies all over again. Tax cuts, deregulations and promises for wealth, prosperity and a balanced budget – that will never be delivered. Honestly the Republican economic slogan should look something like this:

For nearly four decades we’ve been promising to grow the middle class, balance the budget and increase wages – and you’ve all been dumb enough to believe us. Now let’s cut some more taxes for the rich.. uh, we mean job creators.

If you had even the slightest hope that the president and a Democratic-controlled Senate might be able to push through sensible immigration reform, you can kiss those faint hopes goodbye.

The same goes for any outside shot at raising our minimum wage.

Then there’s always the endless hyped-up propaganda you’re going to hear from Republicans. It’ll go something like this:

Congress has sent (insert number) bills to (insert right-wing talking point) that will (insert right-wing propaganda) that the president refuses to sign. Congress has shown a willingness to come together to work with the president on bipartisan bills (because about three total Democrats voted for them) but he simply refuses to listen to the American people.

And something along those lines will be repeated over and over and over and over and over and over… you get the point. Granted, they’ve said things like this already, but they never had control of the Senate to really hammer home this b.s.

You can be sure that we’ll see a host of bills aimed at “protecting traditional marriage” and I can almost guarantee you we’ll see our second government shutdown.

It’ll be nearly everything we’ve seen from Republicans these last 5+ years, only more amplified because they’ll have even more power in Congress.

But it’s not too late. There’s still time for liberals to get out, vote and prevent Republicans from taking back the Senate. Because if that happens the next two years are going to be an absolute Republican-controlled nightmare.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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