A lot of my peers in Liberal thought are pretty upset about the lurch to the right we've seen now that new governments have been sworn in at the State and Federal level following the 2010 elections. The House has voted to repeal Health care reform and to defund Planned Parenthood. In Wisconsin, the new Republican Governor is trying to bust the Public-workers unions and Governor Kasich here in Ohio is about to try the same thing. Also many states, including Ohio, have made extreme moves to majorly restrict abortion rights.
In the U.S. House, the new Republican majority is completely disconnected with political realities. It is a waste of time to repeal Health Care reform or try to get that ridiculous budget through with the Senate still in Democratic control and the veto pen of President Obama waiting. They are spending their time passing things that will never get out of the Senate and do absolutely nothing to improve the major issues going on in the United States right now. It is extreme partisanship when the unemployment rate is the highest it has been in decades. It is doing symbolic things while the economy struggles to recover.
The vote to cut funding to Planned Parenthood is perhaps the dumbest thing the anti-choice movement could do to reduce the number of Abortion. The only way to actually reduce the number of abortions is through preventive care, education and birth control. That's what family planning does. Soon, the Republican house will force through more bills to restrict abortion rights. Those bills will quickly die in the Senate.
Abortion as an issue is settled law. It is a legal, constitutionally protected procedure. The right-wing is trying to force it back to court where their new laws will be easily overturned and their cases will in all likelihood be rejected by the Supreme Court. The Republican movement to restrict Abortion is wasting time that could be spent on issues that must be addressed. The Republicans were not put back into power about social issues. It was about the economy and fiscal policy.
The United States is heading for a government shut down. The Republican House is unwittingly following the failed playbook of 1994. The teabaggers in the House may just kill any budget that would be agreeable to the Senate and President.
Governor Walker in Wisconsin is making a poorly disguised attempt to bust the Unions of public employees. Made all the more obvious by his not including in his new measure the Unions that supported him in his election-bid. Even though the Trooper's Union has come out and announced their regret of their endorsement. Walker is trying to attack something that is very important to Democratic political success. In Ohio and Indiana the governor's are going to try the same thing and are about to meet with backlash like we're seeing in Wisconsin. These Governor's won't win in this fight and will suffer for it in the future..
The fact that these right-wing loons are in power is disconcerting to me, but I really think they are doing their best to make sure their stint in power will only be two years. The extreme-right is quite noisy right now. They even have their own TV network. The majority of people don't want an extreme conservative country. The Republican's are running the country as if they are trying to win in their primaries, but will get slaughtered in the General.
The results of the 2010 election were as extreme as they get. The Republican's are making sure that in 2012 we'll see a large correction.
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