On November 7, "Sunday Morning," CBS's news magazine program, contributor Ben Stein offered his reaction to the mid-term elections. The so-nerdy-he’s-popular commentator threw his analysis into the ring by saying, “Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss.” Stein is also an economist, former presidential speechwriter and writer of the film, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.
With a gain of over 60 GOP seats in the House of Representatives, as well as six new GOP Senate seats, the Republican Party finds itself in a better position to block the Obama agenda. Additionally, Republican senators are encouraging West Virginia’s Democratic Senator-elect Joe Manchin to abandon his party for the GOP label.
While voters speculate on the likelihood that the GOP will maintain its campaign promise to repeal ObamaCare, Republicans preparing to lead the House Budget Committee admit that it is unlikely to get a repeal of the healthcare law as long as President Obama can veto it. House Republicans continue to assert, however, that they will move forward on a vote.
If it were not already clear by now, there is fresh evidence of why the members of Congress we elect forget, once they are in office, those principles of limited constitutional government they espoused on the way to Election Day. It can be found on the website of Joe Miller, the Palin-endorsed Tea Party candidate who won the Republican U.S. Senate nomination from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who then launched an independent write-in campaign.
President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates are both encouraging Congress to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy before the end of the year. While Judge Virginia Phillips virtually eliminated the military policy when she ruled it to be unconstitutional, a three-judge panel on the 9th Circuit Appeals Court ruled on November 1 for the military to maintain the policy while the federal government pursues all appeals. In the meantime, however, a new commandant of the U.S. Marines Corps, General James Amos, declared on November 6 that now is the wrong time to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — while American troops are still at war in Afghanistan.