Here's what will happen if Donald J. Sniffles wins the White House & tRumpublicans win the Senate

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    Sep 28, 2016 11:14 PM GMT respect to Donald Trump, the big fear has been that he will simply ignore constitutional restraints on the presidency and govern like the kind of despot he so obviously admires.

    If Trump is elected, Republicans are likely to maintain control of the Senate and will definitely control the House. You do not have to resort to banana-republic analogies to find a scenario in which large and damaging things happen very quickly, and through the old-school process of legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the president. So long as Republicans have 50 senators, an awful lot of the very large common ground shared by Trump and the GOP can be enacted via the filibuster-proof budget-reconciliation process, and even more can be enacted if (as is likely) Republicans more or less abolish the filibuster itself to reduce Democrats to an impotent backbench, like they are in the House.

    ... disabling Obamacare — along with other funding-related matters like block-granting Medicaid and SNAP, eliminating other forms of "welfare," boosting defense spending, shifting subsidies to favored fossil-fuel energy sources, and killing federal support for Planned Parenthood or other "anti-family" entities — can easily be accomplished...

    ...odds are very good that a Republican Senate dealing with a Republican House and a Republican president will kill the filibuster entirely in the pursuit of a legislative blitz eliminate the Obama administration's legacy almost entirely....

    ...With both Houses of Congress and the White House pulling in the same direction, the filibuster will inevitably be eliminated to grease the skids, beginning with an instant measure to confirm a right-wing Supreme Court justice to replace Antonin Scalia — the very foundation of the Trump alliance with movement conservatives — and then the filibuster reform will be extended to regular legislation....

    ...make no mistake, "plague on both your houses" pundits and voters: The Trump-Ryan-McConnell common ground is broad and radically reactionary...

    ...Within just a few months we could see the final confirmation of a prophecy made by Nixon Attorney General John Mitchell back before he was sent to the hoosegow for his role in Watergate:
    "This country is going so far to the right you won't recognize it."

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    Oct 03, 2016 5:42 PM GMT