Congress is now under total Republican control. It has been eight years since the last time this happened, and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John Boehner are ready to lead their new Republican majority Congress to new heights.
They can now get serious about passing legislation that benefits everyone, except the American people. Speaker of the House John Boehner has said that Republicans should be proud of “how many laws benefiting the people we eliminated.” He said Republicans just “don’t do all that nonsense” of passing laws for the people. “Unpopular? Yes. Why? Because we’re fighting for what we believe in.”
If we look at the first 200 bills proposed by the new Republican Congress, we know what they believe in:
- Repealing ObamaCare
- Deregulating everything
- Stopping immigration
- Cutting government spending via austerity
- Holding the debt ceiling hostage
- Being against anything the President is for
- Rewarding their wealthy supporters.
There were no jobs bills; no economic bills; and definitely no environmental bills proposed. Sound familiar? Same old obsession with President Obama, deficits, debt, and women’s bodies. No consideration for the needs of the common, hard-working, American people.
In all fairness, the Republicans are trying to pass one “major” jobs bill; the Keystone XL oil pipeline. It is estimated that this “major” jobs bill will generate approximately fifty (50) long-term jobs. Of course the real beneficiaries of this bill are the Koch brothers and TransCanada, not the American people.
We should not be surprised. The Republicans are keeping their promises to their wealthy and powerful supporters. They will continue to reward the rich (1%) and the big corporations by taking away from the American people (99%).
Another example: By passing a rule banning the transfer of funds within the Social Security Trust, they are supporting the Koch brothers and Wall Street’s quest to gain access to American’s retirement accounts. Passing this rule will help create a Social Security crisis that could lead to privatizing Social Security.
By their actions during the first week in control of Congress, there is no doubt their priorities are to support their wealthy supporters and keep their promises to them. All at the expense of the common, hard-working, American people. Shameful.