COMMENTARY | Albert Hunt, a venerable liberal writer, recounts the horror that await should the Republicans take over the Senate. Those who have groaned for too long under Obama misrule may be forgiven for finding it a feature and not a bug.
On Obamacare, for example, prepare for the apocalypse.
“The Affordable Care Act: The president can stop repeal of Obamacare, but a determined congressional majority can wreak havoc by using the initial budget process, known as reconciliation, which allows major changes to be made with only a majority Senate vote that isn’t subject to veto.”
Basically that means that big budget cuts would take place impacting the operation of the Obamacare networks will be enacted.
Look for Republicans to use the reconciliation process to impact a whole host of government spending, which in turn will affect government policy. There will also be a push for tax reform and a reining in of regulations, mainly by cutting the funding of regulatory agencies such as the EPA.
If the Obama administration thinks that it is being irked by investigations by the House, just wait until the Senate joins in. And it can forget about any major appointments, including Supreme Court justices being approved.
Even foreign policy will be impacted with a renewed pushback against Obama appeasement of Russia and Iran. Congress can pass tough economic sanctions against the imperial drive of the former and the nuclear program of the latter.
Democrats are going to comfort themselves with the idea that they can campaign in 2016 against Republican “overreach” in 2016 and claw their way back to a semblance of power. It worked before when Harry Truman ran against a “do nothing Congress” in 1948 and Bill Clinton triangulated against both Republicans and the far left of his own party in 1996. The fly in the ointment is that Obama is not running again. Someone, Hillary Clinton most people think, will have to retain the presidency for the Democrats on her own merits and not as a restraint to the rascally Republicans. That might be very difficult indeed.