Who will win overall in the midterm Congressional elections on November 6? The Democrats? The Republicans?
What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight.com forecast an 85% chance that the Democrats will win the House.
A vote for a Democrat is a vote for Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters to run Congress.
Nancy Pelosi wants to be Speaker again while Maxine Waters also has grand plans.
You can watch Waters’ speech at a Black Women Network breakfast in Los Angeles below, but, first, here are a few highlights.
Waters was very specific about her role in Congress should the Democrats take control. She also made what appears to be an impossible campaign promise:
“First of all, if we take back the House, most of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus will be chairs of the committees of the Congress of the United States of America.”
In the House, there are 20 permanent committees while there appear to be 48 members of the Congressional Black Caucus. It seems her math is a bit fuzzy. Perhaps it has been so long since she was in school, she has forgotten basic logic and arithmetic!
Waters’ next comments were less about governing than they were about what she might consider retribution and revenge against the financial industry:
“I will be the first African American, the first woman, to chair the powerful Financial Services Committee. That’s all of Wall Street, that’s all the insurance companies, that’s all the banks.”
“I have not forgotten you foreclosed on our houses. I have not forgotten that you undermined our community. I have not forgotten that you sold us those exotic products, had us sign on the line for junk and for mess that we could not afford. And in doing that I have people who are homeless who have never gotten back into a home. What am I gonna do to you? What I am gonna do to you is fair. I am gonna do to you what you did to us.”
Waters ended her speech with a call for the election of progressives nationwide:
“Let’s send a message, not only in the State of California, that we want progressive legislators who are concerned about our blight, who are going to work with us, who are going to look at the opportunities to deal with investment in our potential. I want you to vote so that the message is not only clear but it is a lasting message.”
A vote for Democrats is a vote for Maxine Waters, regardless what state you live in.
Keep Maxine out of House leadership. It is not too late to spread the word!
The GOP Senate is expected to announce its disregard for the future of the United States by voting to increase the deficit by $1 trillion.
The Republican-controlled United States Senate is expected to pass later today a 2-year budget and spending bill agreed to in principal by both parties yesterday. The bill will then be sent to the House of Representatives in yet another last-minute attempt to avoid a government “shutdown.” In spite of the far-reaching goals of the bill, it would keep the government “open” only for six additional weeks, requiring, presumably, at that time yet additional debates and spending agreements.
With the GOP controlling the White House, the Senate and the House, one would think such a budget bill would not only maintain limits on spending and borrowing but would reduce them. Such thoughts, however, would be in error.
The United States Senate, with this vote, has declared itself not only fiscally irresponsible, but essential anti-future. (There will come a time when the United States government will not be able to fulfil its financial obligations, with no ability borrow more money.)
In fact, the federal Department of Revenue announced this week it expects to borrow nearly $1 trillion this year along. This means, the federal budget deficit will be nearly $1 trillion in 2018, double what it was last year. During the Obama years, Republicans moaned and groaned about spending under a Democrat President, but now are spending more money per year than the government has since the early Obama years.
Apparently for the GOP, increased deficit spending is appropriate only if a Republican is in the White House.
Do you see how hypocritical everyone in Washington is? If you complained about spending during the Obama years you had had best complain even louder now – or you will stand complicit in this hypocritical spending.
The national debt doubled during the Obama years and continues to balloon during the Trump years. Today the debt stands at $20.6 trillion and will continue to grow, especially in light of the new spending and borrowing limits.
After the Senate vote, the House will consider the bill. Speaker Paul Ryan announced this morning he believes he has the votes to pass this Senate bill, although he will be relying heavily on Democrat votes for victory. Calling it a bipartisan bill, Ryan and those voting in support of the bill will demonstrate the same thing – they care not a whit for the future of the United States and the eventual inability to pay even the debt service on the national debt.
All for the sake of seeking to win elections later this year. Perhaps? Perhaps the GOP should look to history – when Republicans act like big-spending Democrats, they lose elections to those same Democrats. The only way Republicans will win elections is to return to their fiscally and socially conservative ways. (But this is a topic for a different discussion.)
The only group actively opposing this increased spending appears to be the House Freedom Caucus, a group of about three dozen conservative representatives.
House conservatives on Wednesday revolted against a massive bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling and bust spending caps, complaining that the GOP could no longer lay claim to being the party of fiscal responsibility.
“I’m not only a ‘no.’ I’m a ‘hell no,’ ” quipped Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.).
Are there only 36 real fiscal conservatives in all of Washington? What a scary thought!
Beware of promises and statements that additional spending, in the billions and trillions of dollars is good for the nation. Such malarkey is poppycock regardless which party makes the claim.