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February 3, 2016

Do We Really Want One-Party Rule, Especially by Republicans?

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 12:45 pm
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Note Yes, I am on hiatus and not blogging here for the time. But this is the issue no one is talking about … and should be. SR

If we elect a Republican President in 2016, and the House and Senate remain under Republican control, a reasonable assumption if the GOP takes the White House, what could we expect to happen? I think it is fairly straightforward to project an answer from what Republican State legislatures are doing and the federal GOP representatives have been recommending.

The GOP, in all likelihood, would
•  Repeal Obamacare and replace it with nothing.
•  Cut taxes on the rich.
•  Cut Medicare and Medicaid.
•  Reduce Social Security Benefits.
•  Continue the corporate takeover of public schools, extracting profits from public coffers.
•  Deregulate the banking industry.
•  Deregulate Wall Street.
•  Reduce alternative energy supports.
•  Defund Planned Parenthood (promises are promises).
•  Expand the military budget.
•  Continue to undermine local control of cities by supporting “emergency manager policies.”
•  Move to make same-sex marriage illegal again.
•  Appoint hyperconservative judges to the federal courts and the Supreme Court so that more corporations can be people.
•  Conduct a belligerent foreign policy, probably involving increased military action.

The GOP, in all likelihood, would not
•  Reform the campaign finance system.
•  Reduce income and/or wealth inequality.
•  Raise the minimum wage.
•  Decrease the number of Americans who go without health insurance.
•  Act to curtail Climate Change
•  Preserve our public lands.
•  Take any action whatsoever on gun control.

Can you think of anything positive that you expect the Republicans to do if they are given control of the federal government? No? Neither can I. Consequently, why is anyone considering electing one?

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32 Comments »

  1. Seeing you here, better than the return of Christ!

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    Comment by Zach — February 3, 2016 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

    • Christ is back, and boy is he pissed!

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 3, 2016 @ 12:51 pm | Reply

  2. He’s Back!!!

    A GOP victory would be unimaginably bad, but it could also signal the final end of the Republicans as they screw country.

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    Comment by john zande — February 3, 2016 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

    • I have given serious consideration to voting in one of the worst so that they would overplay their hand, as they always do, and be exposed for who they are. The only thing that stops ne is all of the suffering they would cause while they served their paymasters befor we could vote them out.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 3, 2016 @ 1:32 pm | Reply

      • Precisely! In the long-term, such an outcome could only bear fruit… Smothering the crazy for a very, very long time.

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        Comment by john zande — February 3, 2016 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

      • Just heard on CNN how Cruz cheated in Iowa. What a bastard! Can the RNC disqualify him now?

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        Comment by john zande — February 3, 2016 @ 1:50 pm | Reply

  3. […] Reblog:  Do We Really Want One-Party Rule, Especially by Republicans? […]

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    Pingback by Scary! | Nan's Notebook — February 3, 2016 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

  4. Welcome back Steve!!! Like Tina Fey, you find it hard to resist commentary on the crazy clown show that is masquerading as a legitimate political party. Gonna be an interesting year!

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    Comment by drakodoc — February 3, 2016 @ 2:06 pm | Reply

    • I figured that the cost of the damage done while I was gritting my teeth was just too much.

      I am still going to try to restrain myself.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 3, 2016 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

  5. On second thought…maybe you are the return of christ! Wouldn’t that surprise everyone!

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    Comment by Zach — February 3, 2016 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

  6. I vote Republican even tho I don’t support all of their stances. I’m not a fan of big government and that’s what the Democrats are mostly about. I hate that politics have gotten to the point that we demonize each other and call each other names. I truly believe that both sides have common ground that we can work together on. Now we just choose to dig our heals into the ground and we aren’t willing to work together….Yes both sides do this!!

    When Obama took office he bad a huge democratic majority in both houses and the country was not happy, hence more Republicans coming into office. I don’t believe the mass population want the extreme right or the extreme left to rule… We want a little of both. Maybe one day our politicians can act like grown ups. Maybe one day the left won’t think conservatives are greedy and heartless and maybe the right won’t think liberals are lazy want to destroy the country.

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    Comment by sallybr0wn — February 3, 2016 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

    • What stances do you support? They say they are against big government but they are for Citizens United which has brought huge amounts of money into elections and that creates larger government (those people are not donating millions of dollars without wanting something done).

      Me, I would just as soon jettison both the Repubs and Democrats as having outlived their usefulness. They have shown us we need a set of “new rules” which neither would like to operate under.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 3, 2016 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

      • I don’t like Obama care, but feel we need better options for health insurance… For example, like my car insurance, I pay for basic maintenance but have insurance for an accident. I want the environment protected, but not to the point that people lose jobs and we make energy increase so much that normal people can’t afford it. Planned parenthood shouldn’t receive tax dollars as long as they perform abortions and donate money to politicians. Liberals wouldn’t want a prolife women’s clinic to receive tax dollars even if they did mammograms. I’m for gay marriage. I’m for cleaning up our tax code.

        Really, I’m libertarian… We just don’t have a candidate that can win. I think money and power corrupts both sides so I’m not sure if it really matters what party is in charge.

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        Comment by sallybr0wn — February 3, 2016 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

        • Re “Planned parenthood shouldn’t receive tax dollars as long as they perform abortions and donate money to politicians.” Are they doing something illegal? Why pick on Planned Parenthood?

          I agree completely about the money thing.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — February 4, 2016 @ 8:32 am | Reply

          • They are one that’s well known.. If (I’m sure there are) other organizations, they sound stop receiving money as well.

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            Comment by sallybr0wn — February 4, 2016 @ 10:43 pm | Reply

    • Maybe … but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

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      Comment by Nan — February 3, 2016 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

      • Hahaha I agree. I really think if normal people got into office, we would work better together than our politicians.

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        Comment by sallybr0wn — February 3, 2016 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

        • Unfortunately, there are some people who think tRump is one of those people. They say because he’s not a “politician,” he’s the right one for the job. If he were a “normal” person (as you suggested), this thinking might be accurate. But … and I don’t think I need to say anymore.

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          Comment by Nan — February 3, 2016 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

          • I will vote for him because he’s not receiving money from other people. Hillary should be in trouble for her email scandal. I think Bernie is genuine, but I do not believe in socialism. Our country is great because people are/were free to pursue their best.

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            Comment by sallybr0wn — February 3, 2016 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

            • Bernie is a democratic socialist, meaning that the government (acting as a surrogate for all of us) should provide basic services, like the military, like the post office, like roads and bridges, and like health care so that all citizens benefit. This is the opposite of a “pay as you go culture” where everyone is supposed to pay as we go but, in reality, many are given a free pass (tax breaks for wealthy corporations who don’t need them–Exxon-Mobile, really?) and others are left to starve.

              If people were guaranteed health care and a job that paid for enough to get by on, they would have no excuses for their lot in life, something libertarians tend to approve of.

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — February 4, 2016 @ 8:37 am | Reply

              • People aren’t starving in our country… We have programs for children to receive for and Healthcare. My issue, is I feel we have people that are fine living off of those programs. And feel those programs should be used to get a person back on their feet. I do not like all the tax breaks big corporations get. I do believe they should get some, but I know they donate to both sides to get tax cuts.

                Libertarians are fiscally conservative and socially liberal. I’m mostly that way, except for abortion.

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                Comment by sallybr0wn — February 4, 2016 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

                • Have you ever considered what people would do if they had basic shelter, food, and health care covered? You say “people are fine living off of those programs”–do you know any? The only ones of which I am aware are single mothers of very small children and people whose brains have been burned out by drugs and are unhireable. The question, of course, is where we all are better off one way or another?

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                  Comment by Steve Ruis — February 5, 2016 @ 8:56 am | Reply

                  • I lived 20 years in a community like this. My sons went to school where 70% were in assistance. I’ve taught sex ed classes in poor schools trying to educate teens to focus on school and hold off on having kids.

                    Many do not get the support they need at home, that’s the biggest issue. My kids got the same education and are going to college where a large percentage dropped out of high school. How is the government to fix this? There comes a point that people have to be responsible for themselves and not do things that keeps them in poverty. I’m not for cutting them off, I’m for they can only get assistance if they are working atleast 30 hours per week or are enrolled in some sort of post high-school education. I feel there are ways to encourage people to be self sufficient. And those that are hooked on drugs, do we really want them to have children? Idk the solution for that… Possibly a 5 year birth control device for free? It truly breaks my heart (I have family that are foster parents) These stories really upset me.

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                    Comment by sallybr0wn — February 5, 2016 @ 9:08 am | Reply

                    • I think we are closer in our thinking that I thought. Thanks for sharing your story.

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                      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 5, 2016 @ 10:12 am

                    • I’m sure we are!! Np.. Have a wonderful weekend

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                      Comment by sallybr0wn — February 5, 2016 @ 11:14 am

                    • Heck, I am retired, everyday is a weekend! (Eat your heart out! ;o)

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                      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 5, 2016 @ 11:34 am

          • That’s the problem with thinking. If you don’t practice regularly, then you need to do some, well then you get opinions like that.

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            Comment by Steve Ruis — February 4, 2016 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  7. Well, the reason why no one is talking about the GOP controlling Congress and the White House is because that’s highly unlikely. I don’t see Trump or Cruz winning a general election, and none of the other candidates have a decent shot either. Right now the safest bet in a general election is Hillary Clinton, provided she can survive the primaries. Sanders has young voters, despite the fact he can’t deliver on his promises.

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    Comment by Sirius Bizinus — February 3, 2016 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

  8. You are right, there is nothing positive that would come from a R being elected. It would set us back 20 years instead. Maybe more.

    Good to see you back, even if for a short time.

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    Comment by shelldigger — February 3, 2016 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

  9. I can’t think of a good thing a Republican administration would do (they probably will go something good accidentally if they do a lot of stuff). But a Republican president will not be a disaster: One, there will be a filibuster-level Democratic minority to block the worst things the Republican majority could do;
    Two: by 2020, we would be way overdue for a recession, which would be blamed on the current president, and if it’s a Democrat, you can bet that Republicans will do all they can to prevent him or her from making any meaningful fixes;
    and three, American voters aren’t exactly the Ivy league material on average, and will keep periodically voting for Republican if they don’t like that Democrats aren’t fixing things fast enough.

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    Comment by List of X — February 3, 2016 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

    • I was also highly unlikely we would elect a black President in 2008. The problem is no matter what the electorate is so polarized the vote will be close, which means a only little sumpin’ sumpin’ will push the result one way or the other.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 3, 2016 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

      • If it keeps being close, we will eventually get back to a Republican president, because in close election the decisive votes come from about 100,000 swing state voters who pay little attention to politics and think both parties are equally bad.

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        Comment by List of X — February 4, 2016 @ 1:02 am | Reply


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