As the effects of November’s congressional elections begin to unwind in the nation’s capitol, the first step in the conservative movement toward rebuilding the country’s downtrodden economic system has taken place, with the election of Ohio Congressman John A. Boehner as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives. At Wednesday’s high-noon ceremony, the 61-year-old Boehner made it clear that the GOP had retaken control due to the will of the American public, and that a shift in American politics has begun.
In an unprecedented plan of attack based on what Boehner and the GOP deem the will of the people, the Republican-led House of Representatives is poised to launch a 20-day surge to reverse what they see as a “radical, unconstitutional agenda.” Beginning with a Friday attempt to roll back President Barack Hussein Obama’s health care reform bill, the GOP plan includes symbolically attacking the federal debt ceiling, cementing the temporary Bush tax cut extensions and rolling back spending to 2008 levels. All of this, though a tough task to sell to the Democrat-controlled Senate, the GOP insists will greatly benefit the nation’s economic standing and return the country to financial prominence.
Doing so, however, may be more symbolic for the GOP and the many right-wing and Tea Party supporters, whose backing led to the sweeping resurgence of the Party in last November’s elections. Still maintaining a majority in the Senate, the Democrats will aim to block the incoming GOP surge. With a 6-seat majority, Majority Leader Harry Reid will have ample votes to maintain the party bloc, but will also have an uphill task in his own right, as the GOP’s strong majority in the House and the Senate seats gained in the last election ensure that in order to get anything accomplished, a several-member GOP vote swing will be needed. This will be difficult, as the GOP seems more cohesive under the new plan of attack.
According to Boehner, the next few months are going to be long and tumultuous, as the GOP agenda looks to force the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party into a series of compromises aimed to reboot the financial infrastructure and return it to its previous levels. A strong beginning, starting with next week’s 2-page declaration to repeal the Obama healthcare bill, will serve as testament to the new Republican stance and send a message to the President that a new political era is dawning, if only symbolically.
Paul Kane, In House, new Republican majority plans to act fast to undo Obama’s agenda , Washington Post
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