With a majority presence
in the House of Representatives and a significant increase in the Senate, the GOP is flexing political muscle and jeopardizing
President Obama’s agenda. Republicans have vowed to repeal Healthcare Reform, curb spending, and overhaul entitlement
programs without offering specific alternatives. Now that the midterm campaigning and election is over and winners seated,
all eyes are on the GOP. Will they live up to campaign promises of transparency and submission to the will of the American
With the honeymoon over, marital problems between Republicans and the American public are already
evident. Tea Party members are fuming that spending will not be cut as drastically as promised. They are quick to remind the
GOP that without Tea Party support, their political gains would not have been as significant. Capitalizing on populist anger
regarding spending and the federal deficit, Republicans pledged to return spending to levels prior to the stimulus and bail-out
programs put forth by the Obama administration. Since taking over the House, they have begun backing away from that pledge.
However, they maintain that they will reduce spending by a significantly less amount.
Politically, the next two years
promises to be explosive and more divisive than ever. Bills and legislation will be conceived in the house and die in the
Senate. Bitter rhetoric will be turned up to deafening levels as contenders for the presidency get in line. Partisan cable
news and talk radio pundits will dominate the airwaves. Cannibalism amongst party members will be gruesome as the race for
the Oval Office intensifies.