As the official results of the 2020 presidential election remain undeclared, the second most important thing on the collective minds of Republicans and Democrats alike is control of the U.S. Senate, which will be determined by two runoff elections in Georgia on January 5. If the Republicans win one or both seats, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell will remain Majority Leader. If the Democrats win both contests, Minority Leader Chuck Schummer will take McConnell’s job and the Democrats will regain control of the Senate.
And if Biden ultimately is the winner, with both chambers of the Legislative Branch controlled by the Democrats — shudder the thought — then what? With the Democrats in complete control — albeit by slim margins in both chambers — what changes would we see?
Republican Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), whose analogies have become his trademark, told Fox News host Bill Hemmer this week that if the Democrats win both runoff elections, the result will be a country that is run as if it were designed by the U.S. Post Office.
“When I’m asked why it’s important to vote for the Republican candidates in Georgia. Here’s what I say; Republicans aren’t perfect, but the other side is crazy.” “Not all of them, but many of them. I can’t answer the question any better than I did the other day, if we lose Georgia, we lose the Senate majority, if we lose the Senate majority, Senator Schumer, Senator Bernie Sanders, Speaker Pelosi, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez are in charge.”
Kennedy then busted out the dry, deadpan wit for which he has become a favorite guest on Fox News and other outlets.
“And if they get control you have nothing to worry about unless you are a taxpayer, a business owner, a parent, a gun owner, a cop, a person of faith, or an unborn baby.
“Now, this group doesn’t do nuance. They want you to send, just send all your money, and send your freedom to Washington and stop and think about the selection. They believe in government—the be all and end all.
“Do you really want to have all decisions in your life made for you out of Washington, D.C., where common sense is illegal?”
“Do you really believe that we’re really one tax increase away from prosperity?” “They do,” he added, fully aware that Democrats never seem to run out of reasons and ways to increase taxes on working Americans. You know, the “invest in America,” shtick Democrats use to try to put lipstick on a tax-increase pig.
Then there’s health care, which not only accounts for a staggering one-sixth of the U.S. economy but is also the singularly most important industry in America affecting the lives of most if not all of us, at one point or another. Kennedy asked, rhetorically:
“Do you really want the federal government making your health care decisions for you and running the health care delivery system?
“If you think the federal government should do that, I want you to close your eyes and imagine living in a world designed by the Post Office.”
.@SenJohnKennedy on Dems if they win in Georgia: “If they get control, you have nothing to worry about unless you are a taxpayer, a business owner, a parent, a gun owner, a cop, a person of faith or unborn baby….Imagine living in a world designed by the Post Office.” pic.twitter.com/TvY9anI32t
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) November 18, 2020
Kennedy also criticized the Democrats for failing to compromise on another round of COVID relief legislation.
The Democrats weren’t willing to help schools and families with additional coronavirus funding—Senate Republicans tried that.
We want a smart relief package—but our country needs a coronavirus bill, not a Turn-America-into-Venezuela bill. pic.twitter.com/5T5lWFfVwG
— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) November 18, 2020
In an earlier article, I reported about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s call for the federal government to “pay people to stay home,” as lockdowns return across America; a proposal former South Carolina governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley destroyed with a single tweet.
President Ronald Reagan said it best: “I’ve always felt the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.”
One wonders — this one, anyway — what the Gipper would think if he came back to visit “the shining city on the hill” — 2020 style. Today’s Democrat Party, that is.