On Tuesday Republicans made headway by taking 8 seats in the Senate(Alaska hasn’t been called yet but Sullivan has that race all wrapped up) with Louisiana heading to a run off next month for a grand total of 9 pickups which means 54 Republicans will be coming to the Senate in January. [mc_name name=’Sen. Angus King (I-ME)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’K000383′ ] has said he is open to caucusing with the GOP should they win. So that means 55-perhaps 56 if Joe Manchin behaves-votes in the senate and a broader majority in the house with more governors added to our side. All in all it was a very good night and there is reason for everyone who worked for this outcome to celebrate. This means now for the next two years Conservatives have a tighter leash on leadership and-by extension-will give Obama heartache by forcing him to act on the 300+ bills that will no longer be held up because of [mc_name name=’Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000146′ ]. It means that amnesty is at least legislatively dead and radicals will have a harder time getting-heaven forbid-confirmed.
I have a fantasy that the GOP Senate should do away with the filibuster temporarily, railroad the democrats until 2016, and bring back the 60 votes needed to overturn a filibuster just for the sake of making any newcomers miserable. Hey I’m a Conservative and I believe we need to employ the left’s tactics, but for good instead of harm. It is just a fantasy though and I predict that the Senate could very possibly restore the filibuster because you know, we on the Right value civility above anything else.
However at the state level there seems to be a change in America’s political landscape and not for the better.
In 4 Republican voting states, Alaska, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Arkansas ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage were overwhelmingly approved:
Alaska: The minimum wage will rise from $7.75 an hour today to $9.75 by 2016.
Arkansas: The minimum wage will rise from $6.25 an hour now to $8.50 by 2017.
Nebraska: From $7.25 today to $9.00 by 2016.
South Dakota: From $7.25 currently to $8.50 next year; it will be adjusted for inflation thereafter.
Now answer me this, if the GOP is right on the economy how is it that people are duped into believing that minimum wage can improve living standards? It’s one thing to argue for tax reform-I support the Flat Tax-and to rescind government spending, but the devil is in the details and we have to make the case for free market on every front. Not only that, raising the minimum wage is comparable to a tax hike. I can personally attest to this; I am a pizza delivery driver and prior to California’s minimum wage hike from $8 to $9 I was getting roughly 25 hours a week and around $100 a week in tips. Now I’m barely pulling 15 hours a week with roughly $30-$40 in tips weekly. People I’ve worked with were laid off and prices were raised no doubt resulting in a loss of revenue.
So yes, let’s be gleeful and motivated at our prospects in the coming elections. The fight does NOT end, not by a long shot. If the left had any silver linings it was these ballot initiatives in otherwise very conservative states. We must be ever vigilant moving forward.
Let us continue fighting for Faith, Family, and Freedom. God bless you all and God bless America.