It's an uphill battle, but Democrats can still hold on to the senate
Pollsters and political pundits are predicting the Democrats will lose control of the Senate this November. Our own Quiet Mike’s Chad MacDonald offered Five Reasons Republicans Will Win the Midterm Elections. While the Democrats have an uphill battle, it is still possible for them to maintain control in the midterm elections. Here are five reasons Democrats just might hold on to control of the Senate.
Obamacare is Working
Despite attempting to repeal Obamacare over 50 times, Republicans are beginning to grudgingly admit the law is here to stay. There are popular aspects of the bill that appeal even to Republican voters. Children of the insured can remain on their parent’s policy until age 26.
There are more than 9 million newly insured because of the law and for many in this group they are insured for the first time in their lives. No one will ever be denied health insurance again because of a preexisting condition. It is also notable that in the states where Obamacare is failing, that blame can be laid squarely at the feet of the Republican controlled local governments.
In states where Republicans have control of the local government, women’s rights are being decimated. In 2012, a record 430 anti-abortion bills were introduced in various Republican controlled state legislatures. The Senate Republicans did everything in their power to block the Paycheck Fairness Act. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., would require employers to prove that differences in pay are based on qualifications, education and other “bona fides” not related to gender. Women make up 50 percent of the voting electorate and based on chatter on websites related to women’s issues they are paying attention to this election.
Cuts to Social Programs
Republicans have blocked key programs meant to help the economy recover from one of the worst downturns in history. Late last year more than 1.3 million people lost their Emergency Unemployment Insurance benefits. The reason for the loss was due to an all-to-familiar tactic by House Speaker John Boehner of refusing to call a vote on bills that are unpopular with his conservative base. The bill should pass easily, but is stuck in purgatory. Republican house members also passed a cut to food stamp assistance by 8.7 billion dollars overall. And despite taking up the futile attempt to repeal Obamacare not one jobs bill has made it to the floor for a vote.
The Economy is Recovering
Despite catastrophic losses in home values, the recovery in housing market values has increased for the fourth consecutive quarter. The unemployment rate was as high as 10 percent in 2009. It now stands at 6.3 percent. The stock market has doubled in value with the election of Obama and there is no reason to believe the markets will not continue their gains in the foreseeable future.
The American Population is Not Stupid
Despite what Republican politicians would like to believe, America is not made up of a bunch of fools. People know that the Bush economic policies are why they lost their houses and their savings. They know the Bush era turned a budget surplus into record deficits. They also know that the only way to continue the recovery is to give the President a Congress who works with him rather than against him.