Editorial: Red Wave Sparkles – The Gila Herald

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What happened to the much publicized Red Wave? I thought almost every talking head — at least, the ones who are supposed to be super smart on election stuff — assured us that President Joe Biden’s miserable performance in office was going to guarantee a quasi-Republican sweep.

In fact, the US House and Senate were almost guaranteed to go from blue to red. Even Vegas was betting on the action.

Whoops. After a week of vote counting, Cherry Red switched to Terra Cotta.

Nevertheless, a reddish tint. There is still some hope that the brakes can be applied to many of Biden’s head-scratching fiascos, but not with as much enthusiasm.

In fact, the Dems are having almost as much fun as the Repubs, celebrating that they haven’t been beaten as badly as expected.

When a Democratic candidate from Pennsylvania, whose recent stroke left him partially incoherent, defeats a popular Republican doctor and TV personality, you instinctively sense that things are not looking good for Lincoln’s party.

To rub salt in the wound, the confused new US senator – who has yet to serve a day in Congress – is already being promoted as a possible future presidential candidate.

Sounds pretty much through for the course. The inmates took over.

Almost.

While the Republicans failed to win the Senate, they added a few more House seats. Not overwhelming, but in better shape than them.

Among the advantages, Nancy Pelosi will no longer be in charge. She will just become another voting member with a few committees to attend. That is, if she wants to run like an ordinary congresswoman, minus her big wooden gavel.

However, the greatest advantage of returning to the House is that legislation requiring funding – constitutionally – is mandated by the House of Representatives, pursuant to Article 1, Sec. seven.

That means Biden’s proposal to hire more than 80,000 new IRS agents must first be approved and paid for by a majority of House members.

Given that the IRS is probably the least popular and most despised government agency, it would seem that the chances of additional hordes of federal tax collectors fanning out across the countryside will be greatly reduced.

Besides, what is it for? With a government already over $31 trillion in debt, which regularly prints and spends as much money as it wants – and then complains about inflation – is a colossal tax office really relevant, other than to rush citizens for a few more dollars?

The days when the dollar relied on a solid monetary system are long gone. Now that’s all the Federal Reserve banking system determines the value of our money, how much is in circulation and the interest rates we have to pay on any given day.

When society is severely hampered by a mishandled pandemic, government money and benefits are handed out like candy, and people are no longer encouraged to work, it becomes a seductive incentive for the public to support the device on which this convoluted arrangement is based.

Therefore, unsurprisingly, the Republicans failed to defeat the Democrats.

Equally puzzling, why did Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnel withdraw funds from Arizona’s Blake Masters to support Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania? In the end, both races were lost, giving the Democrats two more wins.

Was this blunder a mistake or was it intentional? Seems a bit dodgy.

Republican Senator from Missouri, Josh Hawley, recently commented on the Republicans’ disappointing performance in the midterm elections, lamenting, “The old party is dead. It’s time to bury him. Build something new.

Continuing, he remarked that “Republicanism in Washington lost big on Tuesday night. When your agenda is to give in to Big Pharma on insulin, give in to Schumer on gun control and the Green New Deal (“infrastructure”) and tease changes to Social Security and insurance -disease, you lose.

“What are Republicans really going to do for workers? How about, for starters: tougher tariffs on China, relocating American jobs, opening up American energy to full throttle, 100,000 new cops on the streets. Jailbreak the system.

His final recommendation – “Unrig the system” – pretty much sums it all up.

Realistically, Republicans are likely to have a better chance of strengthening their grip in 2024 when they have a presidential candidate to help them.

Especially, if the Dems still have Biden to face. Until then, it’s unclear what his cognitive state will be, or if he even knows he’s running for re-election.

According to the Gila Herald, on Nov. 14, after a week of tabulating votes, it appears Democrat Katie Hobbs narrowly beat Republican Kari Lake for the governorship of Arizona. Katie copied Joe’s successful campaign strategy of staying home, staying calm and waiting for the vote count.

The happy fact that her position as Arizona’s current secretary of state, in charge of elections, probably had no bearing on her victory.

Of course, by questioning such inconvenient truths, a person runs the risk of being labeled “An election denier”; something similar to a “democracy destroyer”. Only worse!!!

“Electrically They Keep an Election Score” – The Beat Goes On, Sonny & Cher, 1967. Honestly, I replaced “election” with the original phrase “baseball”. Fifty-five years later, Sonny doesn’t care, but Cher might.

The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author.

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