Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Nightmare Scenario

Suppose Barack Obama wins the presidency and the Democrats get to the 60 votes necessary in the senate to stop a filibuster. The last time the Democrats had an unabashed liberal in the White House, control of the House and a filibuster proof Senate was after LBJ’s landslide victory over Goldwater in 1964. President Johnson’s coattails were long and for the next two years the Democrats held 67 of the 100 senate seats and had a 295-140 majority in the House. Even after suffering serious loses during the mid-term elections of 1966, the Democrats held their filibuster proof majority until Nixon was elected in 1968.

During this 4 year period, the following items became law:

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • National Endowment of the Arts
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Department of Transportation
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Immigration and Nationality Act
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Art (first Federal involvement with Education)
  • Higher Education Act (first Federal involvement with Higher Education)
  • Endangered Species Act
  • National Highway Safety Administration
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Bilingual Education Act
  • Gun Control Act of 1968

This is just a partial list. In 1965 alone President Lyndon Johnson sent 87 bills to congress for consideration and they passed 84 of them.

What would be on the top of the agenda of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid if they had total domination of the legislative process?

  • Revive the “Fairness Doctrine” to eliminate conservative talk radio?
  • National Gay Marriage?
  • National Health Insurance?
  • Amnesty for all Illegal Aliens?
  • Legal Late Term Abortions?
  • Banning of Home Schooling?

It is critical we all throw our support behind the Republican Senatorial Candidates and prevent this “Nightmare Scenario”.

1 comment:

Kyle S. said...

Amazing. I never realized all of these "Big Government" programs were instituted during just a 4 year period of Democratic domination.

Many of these programs (notably Medicare, Medicaid) are placing an almost unbearable burden on We The People today.

The damage that could be done with "4 more years" of such a veto-proof Democratic majority could be disastrous.