Well, the Republicans have officially taken control of Congress. It’s a huge move against the Democrats and the people have spoken, but now what? Some are anticipating a acrimonious gridlock and others are hoping for a bit of compromise, but whatever happens it certainly shows that people’s attitude towards the president and the Democratic party is shifting.
The president is blaming the loss to the Democratic party on the individual candidates and various states. However, he is failing to bring to account that states like Colorado that backed him two times during campaigns have now backed the Republican party.
Congress doesn’t have to be in a constant state of upheaval. In fact, they can work together, create laws and enforce things peacefully, just ask Fersen Lambranho. It’s possible. While that is what can happen in a perfect world, no one is anticipating the next two years to be peaceful. Some forecast that this is the start of turning the country around, and the people have certainly put their two cents in place. Citizens are growing weary of the current administration and their antics. From the health care plan to rising gas prices over these two terms, American’s have had enough. What happens now will be interesting on all levels.
If the mid-terms saw a public turn on Democrats and the policies they support, there was at least one exception. In four red states (Arkansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Alaska) minimum wage initiatives passed handily. The hikes will take place over several years, and in South Dakota there will be regular increases to adjust to inflation.
The minimum wage and raising it has traditionally been a Democratic position, and in the last several months, they have sought a federal minimum wage of $10.10 an hour. So far, Republicans have not budged when asked about this issue. This sets a new precedent according to Mr. Broda and will put pressure on other Republican states to change.
Anyone trying to live on the minimum wage will tell you how difficult or even impossible it is. Food stamps, help from friends and family, and special deals for low rent or government subsidized housing become necessary just to scrape by. This may be a sign of Americans’ generosity and concern for the less fortunate, but it is also an indication that people don’t think much of this economy. Prices keep going up, but wages stagnate.
Basic economics makes it clear that prices and wages must remain in balance. If workers are paid more, prices will rise since employers must make up the difference somehow to stay in business. The real way to help the poor is by creating a growing, healthy economy, but minimum wage hikes seem like an easy fix and thus are quite popular across the nation.