Posted by: maboulette | October 7, 2018

Why It Is So Important To Vote and Help Others

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The results of this year’s midterm elections will be enormously important — not just in shaping the future of Donald Trump’s presidency, but in shaping the American political landscape for a great many years to come.

PLETHORA OF OFFICES

A extensive series of contests for a plethora of offices in different states will be on the ballot in November. There’s the whole House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, 36 governorships, and many state legislature seats. That’s so many races that only the most obsessive political observers could possible keep track of them all.

HORSE RACE COVERAGE

Naturally, there will be a whole lot of horse race coverage this year, over whether Democrats or Republicans are expected to do well or poorly. That’s all well and good.

WHY IS SO IMPORTANT

But to understand why the question of who wins is so important — really, to understand why the midterms matter so much — it’s worth taking a step back and looking at the big picture of what’s at stake.

DEMOCRATS

Depending on how well Democrats do, the party could kill the Republican legislative agenda in Congress, gain new powers to investigate the Trump administration, get the ability to block Trump’s nominees from being confirmed, pass new liberal state laws in many parts of the country, and win many offices with power over the 2021 redistricting process.  But if Democrats do poorly, they could feel the consequences of their failure for a generation.

REPUBLICANS

First off, if Republicans lose control of either the House of Representatives or the Senate in 2018, they’ll lose their ability to send new bills to President Donald Trump’s desk with their party’s votes alone.   That means, basically, that the conservative legislative agenda would be dead.

FILIBUSTER RULE

Practically, the Senate filibuster rule already means 60 votes are required to advance most bills. And since the GOP only controlled 52 Senate seats, the party was far away from that threshold. So for the vast majority of votes on legislation (say, on funding the government), some Democratic support is already necessary.

CUTS TO PROGRAMS

So if the GOP holds on to both chambers of Congress in 2018, the party could very well make another attempt at repealing Obamacare through reconciliation. (They were only one vote short of passing something through the Senate last time.) Some conservatives have discussed trying to tackle cuts to welfare, food stamps,Medicare, or Social Security with reconciliation as well. And more tax cuts are always a possibility with a Republican Congress.

DEMOCRATIC CAN KILL ALL OF THIS

Conversely, a Democratic takeover of either the House or the Senate would kill all those ambitions. The practical consequences would probably be: no Obamacare repeal; no major cuts to Medicare, Social Security, food stamps, or welfare; and no more big tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.

IMPEACHMENT

As to whether these investigations might lead to Trump’s impeachment, of course no one can say now. But the impeachment process starts in the House, so it’s certainly more likely to kick off if that chamber is controlled by the president’s enemies. (Still, it takes a two-thirds vote in the Senate to actually remove a president from office, so some Republicans would have to go along here too — meaning it would only happen if there were some genuinely remarkable revelations.)

So vote, register to vote – help those that need it

So if you are the age to vote – you need to register no matter what state you live in.  If you live need any elderly people – check to make sure they are registered to vote – and if not help them register and then order a ballot sent to their home and then mail it for them.  Texas is a state that have the laws – I am 70 so my ballot was sent to me and I just send it back.  If your neighbours are all registered but don’t have transportation, help them get a ballot or take them to the polls.  We need every person who is eligible to vote – to vote.


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