When America’s electorate finally awakens from its slumber, it may be surprised to discover what it left to the historically low turnout to decide for all of us.
No later than the fading hours of Election Day did the wingnuts in control of the Senate and House gather as though it was Walpurgis Night to whoop it up. With both chambers and the committee chairmen in their hands, there will be no limits to their misguided arrogance of power. What seemed painful before the polls opened is now confirmed to be an irreparable paralysis all the way to 2016.
The Affordable Care Act, environmental concerns, immigration – you name the issues for which the Koch brothers spent nearly $40 million to protect their interests in both houses. Can you imagine guys like Mitch McConnell or John Boehner, the two soulless old Republican warhorses, changing their gait in 2015?
The first signs of their servility to Big Money arrived virtually within the hour of President Obama’s announcement of a climate change agreement with China.
Boehner quickly denounced it as “job crushing” – his standby cliche without ever rolling out his own jobs plan during Obama’s tenure. He charged that it was another example of the “president’s crusade against affordable, reliable energy that is already hurting jobs and squeezing middle class families.”
As for McConnell, he growled that it was Obama’s latest move in his “war on coal”.
And how about Sen. Jim Inhofe. who will turn 80 on Monday, being seated as the new chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee. He’s on record as describing climate change as a “hoax” and said it’s a deception of ” environmental-liberal conspiracy.” That’s a perfect fit for his oil-rich state of Oklahoma. Like McConnell and other climate change deniers, Inhofe warned he won’t sit still until his side kills the EPA. McConnell couldn’t agree more.
When the GOP now speaks of creating jobs, the mixture of their wheezing hot air with other pollutants will be the growth industry for those masks that the Chinese are already wearing.