Thoughts on the midterms

Published Oct 17, 2018 at 4:00pm

Voters would be better served if campaign ads focused on the significant issue of which party will control Congress after the midterm elections.

However dramatic a candidate’s family history might be or how striking that a candidate voted for tax cuts, the party that controls the House of Representatives next term is the real issue.

It will decide whether representatives like Jerry Nadler, D-NY, as the likely new head of the House judiciary committee, actually get the opportunity to hound President Donald Trump with unfounded impeachment charges destined to fail.

It will decide whether investigations continue into how the previous administration weaponized the Department of Justice, the FBI, and other national security agencies. Investigations so far have lead to the firing or demotion of a number of high-ranking officials.

It will decide whether Maxine Waters, D-Calif., will have a more powerful platform to encourage her followers to overstep the bounds of protest to “push back” on Trump officials in public places like restaurants.

It will decide whether the leadership can line the pockets of family members like Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has done.

It will decide whether Democrats can hold the budget hostage to excessive spending on social programs that aren’t as effective caring for people as offering employment opportunities for them where they can work to the best of their ability and make their own decisions.

The biggest issue to be faced during the next term will be to refashion expenditures to help those who truly need it while not excessively burdening taxpayers. Democrats have no plan for that and little interest in formulating one.

Not all the problems are on the Democrat side of the aisle. The influence of the national Chamber of Commerce has been reduced as an institution in favor of ceding national authority to international organizations and driving down American wages through questionable immigration practices.

An argument has been made that a change in House leadership would serve as a check the presidency. That check already exists. Under Republican Speaker Paul Ryan, the House has gone its own way on a number of issues.

Polling congressional performance, Rasmussen said Tuesday, “Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters say it’s better for the country if Congress works with Trump most of the time. Thirty-eight percent (38%) think it’s better if Congress opposes the president most of the time. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.”

As a country we are better off now than we would have been had any of the other Democrat or Republican presidential candidates won. What is more, it has been accomplished despite resistance from those unwilling to accept the 2016 election results and the obvious shading of news in the mainstream media.

Sometimes, paying attention to local needs means paying attention to what matters at the national level.

— SBWaters