Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Transformer

Ezra Klein speculates:

If Romney wins the election, it’s almost a sure bet that Republicans win control of both the House and the Senate. And that matters. Right now, the GOP’s agenda is the Ryan budget, and that’s entirely fiscal: It’s a premium support plan for Medicare, and tax cuts, and deep cuts to Medicaid, food stamps and other domestic programs. All that can be passed through budget reconciliation — which is to say, all that can be made immune to the filibuster.

So if Romney wins and the Republicans take control, they could accomplish quite a lot on party-line votes, even if their majorities are slim, and Democrats are opposed. Indeed, Romney could end up being a fairly transformational president for conservatives so long as he’s paired with a Republican Congress.

If Romney wins and the GOP gets all the power, I might trade that antique Ontario license plate on my Pontiac for the real thing.

No, I’m kidding; I would not leave the country because of an election outcome I didn’t like. But if by “transformational” Ezra means the destruction of every safety net and progressive program put in place since my mom was gumming on her Zwieback biscuits, this country is going to be a wasteland of stark contrasts between the privileged and the abandoned. And there are a lot of us who don’t want to see that happen. So for those of you who were disappointed that Barack Obama didn’t personally deliver you your rainbows and unicorns on January 21, 2009, and who think that by not voting in November will register your flouncing disapproval of the whole sorry mess, don’t come crying to me when the nutballs take over.

On the other hand, Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, and the Koch brothers will send you a candy-gram.