Twitter feeds are saying that Kathy Hochul the Democrat is being declared the winner in the special election in New York’s 26 th Congressional District. This distrct was considered a lock for Republicans until Corwin the Republican declared her support for Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget.
Ryan’s budget plan has come under intense criticism even from his own constituents for his plans to completely privatize Medicare in the form of a voucher. This election result will cause Republicans to become even more anxious because their stock is falling fast on the back of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attacks on public workers unions and the almost Banana Republic way the Wisconsin state house has passed legislation late at night in almost dictatorial fashion.
Walker was then caught talking to a caller he believed was one of the Koch brothers who had given Walker a large contribution and Walker was caught in the process of reciprocating and admitting that his plans to attack Public Workers Unions had nothing to do with budgets it was all about going after a funding source for Democrats. The result is at least 6 recalls of Republican State senators that will likely succeed resulting in the loss of the Republicans control of the Senate after controlling the Governorship and both Wisconsin legislative houses. It is also appearing increasingly likely Walker himself will also be recalled the moment he has had a year in office.
When you throw in the what John Kasisch is trying in Ohio and Rick Snyder in Michigan with his financial manager coup d’etat where he can replace even elected officials and break union contracts if he declares a financial crisis has not helped boost the Republican outlook with 2012 approaching.
Ryan’s budget is straight out of Milton Friedman’s cisis economic model that was exposed as the Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. In this the Republicans create a phony crisis, in this case the federal budget deficits, and then use first a government shutdown now the debt ceiling and the need to extend it, as opportunities to push a radical budget proposal that almost 80% of Americans are opposed too in several recent polls including the Washington Post.
The defeat in New York’s 26th District, largely because seniors and those in the 44 to 54 age bracket, who will be the victims of Ryans privatization scheme, were widely believed to be the reason that Hochel had closed the gap and moved ahead in polls.
Harry Reid the Senate Majority leader plans on having a vote this week in the senate on the Ryan Budget proposal that Republicans passed on a party line vote in the house. Newt Gingrich had been criticized heavily when he had called this plan extreme but after the New York result a lot of Republican Senators may be bailing out now.