A Democratic Party Sweep Brings Harsh Consequences

It’s so easy to get caught up in the presidential election, to focus on the main event while overlooking the undercard. Like professional boxing in years gone by, it’s the heavyweight bouts which are sexy while the welterweights generally go by unnoticed.

Almost 34 years ago to the day, the indomitable Muhammad Ali fought hard-hitting George Foreman in what was then Kinshasa, Zaire. Everyone remembers Ali and Foreman, but who was on the undercard at 1974′s “Rumble in the Jungle?”

This year, the focus is by and large on the main event. In one corner, from the Windy City of Chicago by way of [perhaps] Mombasa, Kenya and Jakarta Indonesia, there’s the tall and athletic Barack Hussein “The Liberal Kid” Obama, while in the other corner, hailing from the desert paraside of Sedona by way of Washington, D.C. and Hanoi, Vietnam, you’ve got the older and maverick-y John Sydney “I’m a Conservative, I Swear” McCain.

It’s easy to focus on this matchup, but we cannot.

After all, it’s the featherweights and welterweights and light heavyweights who will change so much of the direction in which our nation is headed. You may not know the faces which go along with the names on those obscure yard signs, but you’d better know at least a little about what those names stand for.

When in doubt, find out who represents the need for smaller government, understands the merits of lower taxes, values the sanctity of personal property rights. Generally–but not always–you’ll find that person in the “R” column.

This year, it is absolutely imperative that we look past McCain vs. Obama to those matchups that may not get the press coverage or have the campaign coffers. Our values, our culture, our economic prosperity and our sovereignty are for sale this year — we need to make sure we retain them to fight another day.

– Jeff


A Liberal Supermajority
Get ready for ‘change’ we haven’t seen since 1965, or 1933

By
The Wall Street Journal

If the current polls hold, Barack Obama will win the White House on November 4 and Democrats will consolidate their Congressional majorities, probably with a filibuster-proof Senate or very close to it. Without the ability to filibuster, the Senate would become like the House, able to pass whatever the majority wants.

Though we doubt most Americans realize it, this would be one of the most profound political and ideological shifts in U.S. history. Liberals would dominate the entire government in a way they haven’t since 1965, or 1933. In other words, the election would mark the restoration of the activist government that fell out of public favor in the 1970s. If the U.S. really is entering a period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy, Americans at least ought to understand what they will be getting, especially with the media cheering it all on.

The nearby table shows the major bills that passed the House this year or last before being stopped by the Senate minority. Keep in mind that the most important power of the filibuster is to shape legislation, not merely to block it. The threat of 41 committed Senators can cause the House to modify its desires even before legislation comes to a vote. Without that restraining power, all of the following have very good chances of becoming law in 2009 or 2010.

Medicare for all.

When HillaryCare cratered in 1994, the Democrats concluded they had overreached, so they carved up the old agenda into smaller incremental steps, such as Schip for children. A strongly Democratic Congress is now likely to lay the final flagstones on the path to government-run health insurance from cradle to grave.

Mr. Obama wants to build a public insurance program, modeled after Medicare and open to everyone of any income. According to the Lewin Group, the gold standard of health policy analysis, the Obama plan would shift between 32 million and 52 million from private coverage to the huge new entitlement. Like Medicare or the Canadian system, this would never be repealed.

The commitments would start slow, so as not to cause immediate alarm. But as U.S. health-care spending flowed into the default government options, taxes would have to rise or services would be rationed, or both. Single payer is the inevitable next step, as Mr. Obama has already said is his ultimate ideal.

The business climate.

“We have some harsh decisions to make,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned recently, speaking about retribution for the financial panic. Look for a replay of the Pecora hearings of the 1930s, with Henry Waxman, John Conyers and Ed Markey sponsoring ritual hangings to further their agenda to control more of the private economy. The financial industry will get an overhaul in any case, but telecom, biotech and drug makers, among many others, can expect to be investigated and face new, more onerous rules. See the “Issues and Legislation” tab on Mr. Waxman’s Web site for a not-so-brief target list.

The danger is that Democrats could cause the economic downturn to last longer than it otherwise will by enacting regulatory overkill like Sarbanes-Oxley. Something more punitive is likely as well, for instance a windfall profits tax on oil, and maybe other industries.

Union supremacy.

One program certain to be given right of way is “card check.” Unions have been in decline for decades, now claiming only 7.4% of the private-sector work force, so Big Labor wants to trash the secret-ballot elections that have been in place since the 1930s. The “Employee Free Choice Act” would convert workplaces into union shops merely by gathering signatures from a majority of employees, which means organizers could strongarm those who opposed such a petition.

The bill also imposes a compulsory arbitration regime that results in an automatic two-year union “contract” after 130 days of failed negotiation. The point is to force businesses to recognize a union whether the workers support it or not. This would be the biggest pro-union shift in the balance of labor-management power since the Wagner Act of 1935.

Taxes.

Taxes will rise substantially, the only question being how high. Mr. Obama would raise the top income, dividend and capital-gains rates for “the rich,” substantially increasing the cost of new investment in the U.S. More radically, he wants to lift or eliminate the cap on income subject to payroll taxes that fund Medicare and Social Security. This would convert what was meant to be a pension insurance program into an overt income redistribution program. It would also impose a probably unrepealable increase in marginal tax rates, and a permanent shift upward in the federal tax share of GDP.

The green revolution.

A tax-and-regulation scheme in the name of climate change is a top left-wing priority. Cap and trade would hand Congress trillions of dollars in new spending from the auction of carbon credits, which it would use to pick winners and losers in the energy business and across the economy. Huge chunks of GDP and millions of jobs would be at the mercy of Congress and a vast new global-warming bureaucracy. Without the GOP votes to help stage a filibuster, Senators from carbon-intensive states would have less ability to temper coastal liberals who answer to the green elites.

Free speech and voting rights.

A liberal supermajority would move quickly to impose procedural advantages that could cement Democratic rule for years to come. One early effort would be national, election-day voter registration. This is a long-time goal of Acorn and others on the “community organizer” left and would make it far easier to stack the voter rolls. The District of Columbia would also get votes in Congress — Democratic, naturally.

Felons may also get the right to vote nationwide, while the Fairness Doctrine is likely to be reimposed either by Congress or the Obama FCC. A major goal of the supermajority left would be to shut down talk radio and other voices of political opposition.

Special-interest potpourri.

Look for the watering down of No Child Left Behind testing standards, as a favor to the National Education Association. The tort bar’s ship would also come in, including limits on arbitration to settle disputes and watering down the 1995 law limiting strike suits. New causes of legal action would be sprinkled throughout most legislation. The anti-antiterror lobby would be rewarded with the end of Guantanamo and military commissions, which probably means trying terrorists in civilian courts. Google and MoveOn.org would get “net neutrality” rules, subjecting the Internet to intrusive regulation for the first time.

It’s always possible that events — such as a recession — would temper some of these ambitions. Republicans also feared the worst in 1993 when Democrats ran the entire government, but it didn’t turn out that way. On the other hand, Bob Dole then had 43 GOP Senators to support a filibuster, and the entire Democratic Party has since moved sharply to the left. Mr. Obama’s agenda is far more liberal than Bill Clinton’s was in 1992, and the Southern Democrats who killed Al Gore’s BTU tax and modified liberal ambitions are long gone.

In both 1933 and 1965, liberal majorities imposed vast expansions of government that have never been repealed, and the current financial panic may give today’s left another pretext to return to those heydays of welfare-state liberalism. Americans voting for “change” should know they may get far more than they ever imagined.

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  1. Angela says:

    I have been trying to convince people that once the socialism starts and the new Supreme Court is named there is no going back. There are many still holding out. They won’t support Mccain because of certain issues. We have to overlook these issues and realize Mccain is not a socialist, he does not hang out with domestic terrorists, he was never a member of the socialist party (as Obama was), he is a true patriot and will not side with anyone but America (unlike Obama). He was not my first choice but he is the only choice to preserve our “In God we trust” nation. This is not a slippery slope. It’s a gigantic cliff with certain death at the bottom. I pray for God’s mercy on this nation and on my children, the next generation.

  2. Anonymous says:

    As usual Jeff, Great Article!
    Now, WHY doesn’t McCain tell
    everyone lke this?
    More than likely, most people don’t have a “Clue”
    to any of this.
    I hope McCain get’s on the “Ball”, but I fear it’s to late. The only chance’s for McCain seem to be the “Bradley Effect” by racially biased polling, and
    Hopefully the Berg Lawsuit, among other’s. When I watched the Howard Stern’s
    Video, I laughed, but cringed at the same time.
    The Acorn fiasco, and the Liberal MSM are making it almost impossible for McCain to Win! Dan

  3. Anonymous says:

    Jeff, you are absolutely right. We need to pay attention to the Senate races as well. But which Senate seats in which states is the GOP at risk of losing, and where might they make gains? We need more information. I recommend the Cook Political Report: http://cookpolitical.com/races/senate/ratings.php

    They are currently predicting the Democrats to gain an additional 6 to 8 Senate seats in November. Oh woe is us!

  4. Anonymous says:

    The polls are tight and that is even with the pollsters calling less republicans. What I see is McCain being ahead.

    You factor in the people lying to the pollsters, the PUMA’s I think McCain has a chance to win pretty big.

  5. Craig and Susie says:

    Good article again, Jeff. I can’t say I enjoyed it because it rings disturbingly true, so “enjoy” is not the word I’d use, maybe “appreciate”? It’s similar to that movie, “Silence of the Lambs.” A “good” film that I couldn’t watch again – too many shivers.

  6. ike329 says:

    CAPITULATION

    Saturday, October 18, 2008
    IS THIS THE END?

    “This year, it is absolutely imperative that we look past McCain vs. Obama to those matchups that may not get the press coverage or have the campaign coffers. Our values, our culture, our economic prosperity and our sovereignty are for sale this year — we need to make sure we retain them to fight another day.”
    Jeff; what do you mean by this? You disappoint me.
    Does this mean we’ve lost already just because the US and foreign media have proclaimed Obama as the victor?
    Only the one loses who abandons his trust in reason and in the possibility that a just cause shall triumph in the end if there is a will.
    Are you preparing us for defeat? Don’t you know what it entails? How exactly do you retain sold values?
    Doesn’t the American People have the last word in this matter?
    Is this a time to look past the final battle? Have you caved in after you invested so much into this fight? Isnt this a discourse worth of Dethenor, stewart of Gondor who had no will to fight?
    There are so many analogies with the Lord of the Rings; starting with Mr. O; the ring himself; and with Mr. Berg, who like Frodo is trying to reach Mordor and deliver the curse of the ring.
    Haven’t you sofar played the role of Sam Grangee who assists him at every step?
    Remember what the Chieftain of Orcs proclaimed? “The age of man is ending! The time of Orc has come!
    True; the Republican big wigs seem to have caved in to pressure and want to pass the current economic quagmire to the Dems; hoping that in four years ( in 2012!) they emerge again as saviors.
    But how is this country gonna look after four years of Obama presidency?
    Has he proved eligibility for Presidency or are we going to ignore the provisions of the Constitution?
    How much pressure is there on you personally Jeff?

  7. Judy says:

    May God continue to bless your work, Jeff. “Thank you” just doesn’t say enough.

  8. John Galt says:

    A Dem Party Sweep
    ———————
    Well written Jeff.

    I think you are right on.

    If the Dems win enough seats in Congress to eliminate an effective fillabuster then Pelosi and her gang will ride roughshod over the Truth, Justice and what was the American Way as envisioned by our founding fathers.

    It is easy to understand why Obama has recieved so many tens of millions of dollars from Islamists in the Middle East and America.

    They are praying 5 times a day on their prayer rugs that Obama gets in along with a supermajority of Dems in Congress.

    I think we are the verge of a war against the America Constitution and if it happens on Nov 4th it could get pretty bloody in the streets of America thereafter.

    I oppose any and all forms of violent civil disobedience except in self defense of one’s body and property against a direct attack on either by a hostile aggressor.

    I want to be very clear about that.

  9. Anonymous says:

    http://www.tipponline.com/social.html

    Stunning poll results showing how little Americans understand about Obama’s intentions for America.

    Joe the plumber may yet be the nation’s hero.

  10. California Mom says:

    Really sad…really sad. I feel terrible for my daughter who will inherit all of this mess. I’m trying to keep my faith that McCain will get in…but it’s difficult.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I read this article yesterday and it's one of the scariest I've read in awhile. However, what's even scarier is what happened when I talked with people about it last night. At a party attended by mostly law students – with Obama posters on every wall – intelligent, highly educated young people were positively giddy at the prospect that our nation would probably change completely and irrevocably in the next two years. They were unconcerned that an all Democrat administration would probably result in a nation that was unrecognizable by our founding fathers – "Those guys are all dead. Why should I care what they would think?" John Adams is rolling in his grave.
    —>KPS

  12. nobama08 says:

    I refuse to listen to the polls, first of all they are “likely” voters- and I hear they poll people by telephone calls- well in my opinion people who are home to take these calls are likely to be Obama supporters because McCain supporters are not home they are WORKING!!!! that is also why so many supporters are at his rallies the majority of his supporters do not hold a job. I just hope people do not get discouraged as this article seems to suggest and get out and vote and keep HOPE alive till it’s over. Only after the last vote is counted will there be a winner not before. Have faith that we can prevail and keep our Country from becoming USSA. God bless and keep us all.

  13. nobama08 says:

    Pray America it truly works :)

  14. Anonymous says:

    Cal Thomas must be reading your writtings Jeff.
    Keep up the good work

  15. Maxim, NJ says:

    Holy heavens! I lived in Russia during the Soviet time, I lived in Israel through the Clinton-paid sellout of the Land to Arafat’s “peacemaking” gang by the liberals, and 6 years ago I finally moved to the Land of Democracy – just to see that democracy squashed right under my nose. Oh my, gimme another globe.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Its not going to be 1930, its going to be 1776 all over again. People are seriously pissed off and you can even see it in the Democratic party. Most of us are somewhere in the middle, not HARD left or HARD right. I think we have all gotten lazy and let the media mess with our heads. Its time to kick these people out at the ballot box preferably, but if their little ACORN scam pans out, we might need to resort to other tactics.

  17. Goldie says:

    Unfortunately we’re having to rely on one another for the truth right now. Actually the polls are not carved in stone. When you show up at an inner city street corner or a college, you’re going to get the answers you want.

    The truth I’ve discovered in my searches online is people are all talking about Obama and it’s not good! I accidentally ran across a chat forum talking about the Ayers-ACORN scandal (that’s it’s finally become) and this was a Hillary Clinton chat group. They ALL were talking about and urging, voting for McCain. There were McCain-Palin logos on most all posts.

    All is not lost but I remind you to never relax. We still have to fight the good fight! We have more on our side than we are made to believe! It’s another tactic of the Socialism we don’t want. People are notincing it for sure now. Since his screw up with Joe the Plummer all hell has broken loose. With law suits like Berg’s popping up each week, we may have a fighting chance!

    This last dance with fate the Dems and ACORN took to squash fair elections blew up in their face. It’s all pointing to Obama buying his vote in public opinion. There’s so much going against him that even if none of the law suits can bring the elections to a screeching hault, the thing called “public opinion” can do more than give Obama Bin Laden a bad day.

    Are you with me!!? Let’s fight the good fight!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    good points, but you forgot a few:

    1. “Gay” Marriage
    2. “Hate Speech” laws
    3. More “hate crime” laws protecting “special” groups
    4. More and more gun laws.
    5. Massive immigration of Muslims (maybe)

  19. Anonymous says:

    I agree with you 100% Goldie. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE needs to get out and vote. This guy has to be the biggest fraud perpetrated on American voters ever.

    A short list to remind people what this guy is hiding.

    (1). Bill Aryes – Terrorist/Marxist
    (2). Jeremiah Wright / Louis Farrakhan – Radical Marxist
    (3). Frank Marshall Davis – Communist Mentor
    (4). Saul Alinsky – Marixt radical
    (5). Tony Rezko – Convicted Felon born in Syeria
    (6) Barbara Dorn – Marxist terrorist
    (7). Move On.Org/George Soris – Socialist
    (8). al-Mansour – Saudi advisor funding Obama tuition to Harvard
    (9). Rash Khalidi Columbia Professor tied to Iran
    (10) Father Phleger – Radical Marxist Priest receiving fundg from Obama
    (11) Robert Malley – fired advisors caught contacting Hamas
    (12) Muhammad Chandoo & Wahid Hamid – Pakastainie roomates organizing foreign political donations
    (13) Valery Jarrett – Chief advisor born in Shiraz, Iran
    (14) Frank Raines – Fannie Mae CEO $90M salary
    (15) James Johnson – Fannie Mae – Corrupt official causing subprim loan mess AND THERE IS MUCH MUCH MORE!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Great Article! Lest we forget, we have a revolution upon us. First we all must vote. Should Obama win, we withhold our taxes and remember, most importantly, before they abolish the constitution, WE KEEP AND BEAR ARMS. I will not go down the path of socialism without a fight!

  21. Kitty says:

    I just found this blog and agree with so much of its content and the posts that follow.

    I’m not sure the polls are really accurate. I think the Presidential race is much tighter than the media would have us believe (why would they be going after Palin’s expenses if it wasn’t?)

    I think McCain could win, but we’ll have to see.

    Regardless of who wins the White House, the Dems will likely increase their numbers in Congress.

    We The People do NOT have to sit by and allow them to shred the Constitution and what this country stands for.

    I believe this country is on the threshold of something big: Not necessarily another Revolution, more like another Civil War (not necessarily violent though). It may not come this year or next year, maybe it will take 5, 10 years.

    But I do not think it is too late. 2010 is only 2 years away. We can still turn things back. Time to start organizing NOW. Time to reach out to others who are TRUE patriots. And there are millions of us compared to AT MOST less than 600 elected officials (and the 535 members of Congress are reduced by at least ONE who truly represents this great nation)

    If that means marching in the streets so be it. If it means taking up arms against the “lords of the manor” so be it. If it means refusing to follow unjust laws or to pay confiscatory taxes, so be it.

    Do not give in to despair or fear. That is how they win. No matter what hold on to your belief in individual liberty, for that is the common thread among us, no matter how different the facts of our lives appear. We must never give in to tyranny.

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