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Will the Republican majority in the House help or hurt the economy?

By Abha Bhattarai  |  November 3, 2010; 6:12 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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It will do neither.

Posted by: moebius22 | November 4, 2010 12:16 AM

Obama and his socialist minions will stop at nothing to skew the results of WaPo's non-scientific user polls.

Posted by: rcupps | November 4, 2010 12:30 AM

I just voted, and was surprised by the results. His minions? Geez, people will think everything is conspiracy.

Posted by: docmd | November 4, 2010 1:58 AM

our politicians, both parties, represent the people who voted for them. In other words, they aren't smart enough to handle the economic problems we face in the global economy where we exist now.

The republicans will spend their two years getting even with Obama and all the people who supported him, doing nothing to affect the economy one way or the other. The wimp democrats lack the will to stop them, try as they might to be the party of no like their opponents the best they can manage will be a simpering whine.

We the people will have to deal with it by ourselves, as usual, hoping outside events in the world will improve things.

This will be despite the republicans, despite the democrats, and despite the incredible number of parasitic morons we have to support.

Posted by: eezmamata | November 4, 2010 5:22 AM

IF this new congress is going to hurt the economy, why did the stock market soar and gold went up 25. today?? Ya think the American people maybe trust this new congress a little more than the last to do what they are there to do? Listen to the people and create jobs, reduce spending, etc. But good luck, Obama has veto power. He has been "willing to compromise" but he hasn't been "able to compromise" for some reason.

Posted by: sallysays | November 4, 2010 7:09 AM

McConnell said their goal is a Republican in the White House that was telling. Their goal should be fixing the economy; housing; not repealing legislation that they cannot win. What about the people!!!

Posted by: rlj611 | November 4, 2010 7:29 AM

Stalemate in Congress might not be bad for economy

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/11/03/1906254/stalemate-in-congress-might-not.html#ixzz14JZelspx

Posted by: moebius22 | November 4, 2010 8:07 AM

It will hurt.

They continue to believe (although facts get in the way) that cutting taxes is a good idea and that it spurs the economy.

When, in fact, it only helps the rich and makes things worse for everyone else. "Trickle-down theory" was debunked a long time ago.

And since that's what these regressives want to do again (just like the definition of insanity) the economy and the average American will suffer.

Posted by: topwriter | November 4, 2010 8:19 AM

Posted by: sallysays

"IF this new congress is going to hurt the economy, why did the stock market soar and gold went up 25. today??"
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Funny how you've ignored the fact that the stock market went over 10K for the first time in 4 years WITH a Democratic House, and gold was higher DURING the Democratic House. Cherry picking like this is what FOX does. Look for facts.

Further, sally says:
"Obama)has been "willing to compromise" but he hasn't been "able to compromise" for some reason."
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Compromise takes TWO. He was and is willing to compromise but the GOP STATED AS THEIR OBJECTIVE to obstruct everything Obama put forward. So, again, find the facts first.

Posted by: topwriter | November 4, 2010 8:26 AM

The GOP will do nothing about the deficit. They will not increase revenue by getting rid of the Bush Tax Cuts. Even the GOP House will not propose more than a token amount of spending cuts because there is no consensus on what to cut. Cutting those old GOP whipping boys (AFDC, Foreign Aid, the NEA, and Amtrak) will only be a drop in the bucket. And I doubt Toomey is going to vote against Amtrak, for example.

Posted by: nck6 | November 4, 2010 8:34 AM

The more the economy suffers, the better chance of a GOP sweep in 2012. If you think the GOP is going to do anything to hurt the chances of that sweep, you haven't been listening to the GOP leadership. The goal is to defeat Obama, by any means necessary. That's politics.

Posted by: jmccas | November 4, 2010 9:16 AM

"Gridlock for the next two years as America messes up again by putting the "party/NO" back in the same party that lost a record 8.5 Million jobs, left a record debt/bill/deficit $1.5 TRILLION then left town/office/America with the "LOWEST JOB APPROVAL RATING IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENCY 20 PERCENT!

..."America just don't get it, "Republicans party of "NO" what is it about the word "NO" America from the Republicans that you don't understand, "NO help in the worse Republican/recession since the "Great Depression" they caused!@

Once again America goes out and "votes right against itself, "No wonder my good friend is right, "American's don't pay attention, when the Republicans get done they will see "GRIDLOCK" for the next two years as nothing gets done for the Middle Class and WOrking Poor, and this registered Voter/Vet USAF, who voted Democratic couldn't be happier..

Posted by: ztcb41 | November 4, 2010 9:16 AM

how could Republicans possibly help the economy? Tax cuts for the rich do not work.. trickle down has been proven over and over again to NOT work. They have no other solutions. They've said they won't compromise.. they'll continue to say NO.
And frankly, I hope Obama says NO to them.
They gave him 0 days to fix the Bush mess.
Now, they have 0 days to fix everything.
Is it all fixed YET!

Posted by: bozhogg | November 4, 2010 9:19 AM

What makes Obama's job easier now is that he don't have to try and go over to the other side of the aisle (republican) to make compromises. Why? Now, the Prez can sit back and wait for the repubs to compromise to balance the budget, etc., etc.

Now, the SPOTLIGHT is on Boehner, which I believe Boehner's job is going to be WAY MUCH harder to gather votes in da' HOUSE (this may be easiest step), thru the Senate and to White House.

Posted by: clifton3 | November 4, 2010 9:29 AM

"this new congress is going to hurt the economy, why did the stock market soar and gold went up 25. today?? Ya think "

For the millionth time, THE STOCK MARKET IS NOT THE ECONOMY!!!!

Posted by: celested91 | November 4, 2010 10:35 AM

I have been living and voting for quite a few years now and I still don't understand the so-called American people. How will Republicans help improve American life if they are hell-bent on overthrowing Obama? They are declaring war right here on American soil, which will affect all Americans, and not in a positive way.

Posted by: daughterofold | November 4, 2010 10:37 AM

If it's the same ole same ole Republican solution of tax cuts and more deregulation it will hurt the economy.

If tax cuts was the magic bullet to fix the economy how come the two massive Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 (mainly for the wealthy) didn't result in a booming economy? There was anemic economic growth during the Bush years if you recall.

Tax cuts at best have a short term small stimulative effect on the economy. What tax cuts do, though, is increase the Federal budget deficit and add to the national debt assuming they're not offset with spending cuts.

Posted by: montana123 | November 4, 2010 10:46 AM

The Repubs evidently believe in more power to the states, except when outsourcing jobs to other countries.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | November 4, 2010 11:38 AM

The Repubs evidently believe in more power to the states, except when outsourcing jobs to other countries.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | November 4, 2010 11:39 AM

The Republicans will pursue their goal to defeat Obama in 2012. They will attempt to cut spending and employment in a time when demand is already depressed. They will seek tax cuts so that no one of means will pay them. They will try to resurrect eight years of Bush, where wages stagnated or went down and people had to borrow to maintain their previous lifestyle. And Boehner will continue to cultivate his tan.

Posted by: waztec1 | November 4, 2010 11:47 AM

The reason the stock market went up is that the Fed bought up a bunch of treasury bills to pump more money into the economy. At least that is what the financial experts are saying.

The Republicans really don't know how to handle this kind of economy - well any kind of economy, but especially this kind with danger of deflation. Cutting government spending is at odds with the goal of creating jobs. There are tons of people out of work, and cutting government spending will add even more to the unemployed number. All these people out of work can't buy products so even if companies get tax cuts, they won't produce more (can't if no one will buy) so won't hire more.

So I believe if the new Congress has any effect on the economy, it will be negative.

Posted by: catherine3 | November 4, 2010 12:16 PM

The GOP will further hurt the Economy and Americans, because they are so "Hell Bent" on attacking and trying to destroy another Democratic presidency and Middle Class Americans.

They are nothing but a bunch of Power hungry rubes.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | November 4, 2010 12:33 PM

I find it interesting that the Republicans are saying they have a mandate. Did anyone notice that less than half of the eligible voters in this country took the time to vote? Receiving just over 25% of the eligible vote is a mandate????? No, in a country that touts itself as the world’s greatest democracy that is an embarrassment. Will anything change with Republicans controlling the House, no as the Tea Partiers will soon find out it will be business as usual. So if you be republican, democrat, or independent nothing will change.

Posted by: single_tarheel | November 4, 2010 12:36 PM

Just read the PLEDGE and listen to Boener's speech he gave yestrday and you will realize we will be back in the real deep DOO DOO soon.

Thanks to uneducated morons.

Posted by: mackiejw | November 4, 2010 12:48 PM

The House should pass as much as they can right now and send it to the Senate. When the new Congress is seated the Senate can change the filibuster rules and pass the House legislation that is waiting. For example: repealing the bill that prevents the gov from negotiation drug prices for medicare, seperating tax cut extentions into two bills (one for middle class and one for upperclass), passing health insurance across state lines with the requirment to abice by each states regulations they sell in, shorten starting dates for some health care provisions, (early 2012 instead of 2014), closing loop holes foe corps sending jobs overseas and hiding income like Google does, repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, repeal the Medicare bill passed by Repubs in 2002 and change terms for elected officials (House to 4 yrs (half every 2 yrs), Senate to 8 yrs (quarter every 2 yrs and Pres to 6 yrs unlimited nonconsecutive terms).
Just before the session closes Nancy Pelosi should retire from the Speaker position so Boehner won't get the satisfaction of receiving the gavel from her

Posted by: jmfromdc | November 4, 2010 1:16 PM

The House should pass as much as they can right now and send it to the Senate. When the new Congress is seated the Senate can change the filibuster rules and pass the House legislation that is waiting. For example: repealing the bill that prevents the gov from negotiation drug prices for medicare, seperating tax cut extentions into two bills (one for middle class and one for upperclass), passing health insurance across state lines with the requirment to abice by each states regulations they sell in, shorten starting dates for some health care provisions, (early 2012 instead of 2014), closing loop holes foe corps sending jobs overseas and hiding income like Google does, repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, repeal the Medicare bill passed by Repubs in 2002 and change terms for elected officials (House to 4 yrs (half every 2 yrs), Senate to 8 yrs (quarter every 2 yrs and Pres to 6 yrs unlimited nonconsecutive terms).
Just before the session closes Nancy Pelosi should retire from the Speaker position so Boehner won't get the satisfaction of receiving the gavel from her

Posted by: jmfromdc | November 4, 2010 1:16 PM

Didn't mean to send my comments twice, also abide instead of abice and for instead of foe.

Posted by: jmfromdc | November 4, 2010 1:23 PM

According to Mr. McConnel, the republican's primary concern is to take down the president. Never mind that Americans need jobs, jobs, jobs and more jobs. I would like to know how they intend to continue with the Bush tax breaks and also cut the budget. They must be miracle workers because in my household, whenever I have less monies coming in, I have to make cuts to my budget. Republicans must know of some new and innovative ways to manage the economy that the rest of us don't know about. McConnel needs to retire, his brain is muddled.

Posted by: Listening2 | November 4, 2010 1:46 PM

The GOP majority has promised long and loud to slash government spending, the third leg of an economy staggering because the private and business sectors are not spending. I am curious to see how the Republican/Teabaggers will move the economy forward without any spending, if that is their purpose.

Posted by: oldguy9 | November 4, 2010 1:47 PM

We face a House of Representatives dominated by a party that has proclaimed its intention to roll back regulations that protect the American people from future financial crises, to escalate income inequality, to undermine the rights of victims of corporate greed, to expand job-offshoring trade deals, to return to a profiteering have and have not healthcare system, and to clutch desperately to outmoded and unsustainable energy structures.

We face a Wild West campaign finance system that has rocked our democracy to its foundations. An unprecedented $4 billion was spent on these elections—huge chunks of it by shadowy corporate front groups, and most of it with no disclosure of the true source. Just think of the number of jobs that $4 billion could have created!

Unemployment drives the "throw the bums out!" vote. Unemployment also has a dominoe effect. The more people that lose their jobs, the less demand there is for goods and services. The less demand their is for goods and services, the less people a business needs to employ! If unemployment remains high in 2012, the voting public will throw the majority Republican party out of office!

Posted by: sunrise2 | November 4, 2010 1:52 PM

Now that Republicans are back in control of one of the three legs of the stool. it seems that we are 1/3 the way to returning to the mindset that led to this fiasco in the first place. It was a very conservative Republican administration and Congress that turned the country around in 2001 by reversing the hated surpluses that were beginning to pay down the national debt. The unheard of not one but two tax reductions occurred while we were launching two wars. No Republican ever thought that wars cost money and would need to be paid for.

If history serves, Jummy Carter was on the verge of balancing the budget when he left office to have all the gains reversed during the Reagan-Bush era. It took Clinton about six years to finally reverse the debt-making train generated under reagan-Bush. It took Bush II only one year to reverse the debt-reducing train that Clinton had presided over. Of course, Bush II saw the train wreck on his watch.

Now, Obama is given no credit for trying to put the train back together. It costs money to fix wrecks of this magnitude. If you do not believe me, just find out the cost of a simple bumper repair at your local car dealer.

The say "no" crowd is saying "no compromise." They want no taxes, no government, and no compromise. Tell me how the economy is going to fare under these principles.

Posted by: EarlC | November 4, 2010 2:17 PM

eezmamata:

I like your post and I think you're absolutely right that our nation has failed utterly to adapt to a rapidly changing world, especially the decline in the value of labor and the deterioration of our manufacturing base.

I disagree, however, that our "leaders" are failing to address these issues because they are "stupid". I don't believe that it is stupidity that drives but greed and criminality.

I think a lot of our politician in both parties are behaving in a way similar to that of CEOs who run their company into ground and then give themselves a huge bonus; that is, they know perfectly well that they are not addressing our problem effectively and that the "plans" they put forth won't fly in the long-term but they don't care as long as THEY get THEIRS.

I have a nightmare of Congress flying to exile in Switzerland and leaving US here with a stack of IOUs.

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Posted by: countrycarl | November 4, 2010 2:35 PM

I always hated math. I'm confused. 78% of the people responded to this poll saying they think the results of the election will hurt the economy, yet the votes went overwhelmingly to those who will hurt the economy? People should be required to take a test that shows that they understand where "their" candidate stands on the issues before they're allowed to vote. why? because we're a country full of mindnless sheep. the electorate in this country is comprised of mostly utter and complete morons.

Posted by: red2million | November 4, 2010 3:17 PM

Shocker..... 78% of WAPO readers think that what 60% of the country voted for is bad.... It goes to show how extreme and detached the readers here are and the writers that this overtly biased editorial staff hires reflect that. This paper is about to go the way of the irrelevant NY Times

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | November 4, 2010 3:36 PM

Lions 1, Christians 0.

Posted by: chuck8 | November 4, 2010 3:38 PM

The economy had a momentary "soar" because of the knee-jerk reaction of Wall St to the latest from the Fed. The elections had little to do with it. Dream on, Republican wishful thinkers.

Posted by: Geezer4 | November 4, 2010 3:54 PM

"how could Republicans possibly help the economy? Tax cuts for the rich do not work.. trickle down has been proven over and over again to NOT work. They have no other solutions. They've said they won't compromise.. they'll continue to say NO.
And frankly, I hope Obama says NO to them.
They gave him 0 days to fix the Bush mess.
Now, they have 0 days to fix everything.
Is it all fixed YET!
Posted by: bozhogg | November 4, 2010 9:19 AM "

it's the obama administration, it's his to deal with...
it's his to make deals with the house to deal with the economy...
obama gets the same deal you gave President Bush...
the buck and responsability stay with obama...
he can't blame the house...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 4, 2010 4:16 PM

Clearly this poll question is a setup.

The economy has been slowly getting better since the President's economic initiatives came into place and is now starting to show very serious signs it is back on track as stocks are roaring along with many other major indicators showing a clear upward trend.

Whichever way you answer the question they will say that the repubs made it happen now as things come back.

I reject the premise.

it's similar to "Do you support the troops?" or "When exactly did you stop beating your wife?"

Classic PsyOps stuff here. Goebels and Rove would approve.

Posted by: flyingtrees | November 4, 2010 4:55 PM

Clearly this poll question is a setup.
The economy has been slowly getting better since the President's economic initiatives came into place and is now starting to show very serious signs it is back on track as stocks are roaring along with many other major indicators showing a clear upward trend.
Whichever way you answer the question they will say that the repubs made it happen now as things come back.
I reject the premise.
it's similar to "Do you support the troops?" or "When exactly did you stop beating your wife?"
Classic PsyOps stuff here. Goebels and Rove would approve.
Posted by: flyingtrees

Posted by: flyingtrees | November 4, 2010 5:11 PM

As many people who read WAPO know that I stopped commenting completely until now.

1.) My opinions quit being taken as they were left inasmuch to actively seek what people thought.

2.) The only people that do comment here during recent days are organized, biased and sometimes paid money to snap down any pro (ANYTHING) right- left- or indifferent. I do not care for anyone's opinion who doesn't even bother to do any research ET AL.

3.) People yelling and screaming, you all know who I am talking about, do not deserve to capture my attention.

4.) Do you not notice or pay attention to what this scheme they call politics cost in the blood of our youth? More people by far have died in the name of a "MACHO" response to an act that we all accept as casual at best. I am trying to be nice here.

5.) Where did those C-130's full of cash go? They unaccounted trillions in bribe and road paving people that in all likelihood may very well be the ones we should fear. And yet now no one wants to mention that the past administrations have "lost" money by the bag full. As the popular saying goes "follow the money to find the truth". Can anyone explain how, though many want, the Fed refuses any sort of accountability to anyone?

6.) Why didn't the Fed announce this "great news "the day before the elections rather than after? We are paying in lives lost by soldiers who will be incapable of seeing the truth for decades, I am one, after all the KOOKS have gone home.

Sorry but if you think in terms of not right or left or the circus our press wants you believe is the TEA PARTY yet say we should believe this as the truth. WAKE UP and research all these things, instead of becoming political rape baited victims of our current day news. I remember( can you?) when the press begged to have 15 minutes of air time. The financial trail has brought us a long way, hasn't it?

Posted by: RetCombatVet | November 4, 2010 5:17 PM

where were these people on Tuesday? And as for stock market performance, if you don't know by now that it is determined by a very small segment of the population, and that's a very small segment of the INVESTOR population, then you shouldn't be commenting.

Posted by: Lamentations | November 4, 2010 5:52 PM

Ok, you won - now let's see you fix things like you said you would for the average American!

Come on, get to it!

Posted by: beenthere3 | November 4, 2010 5:56 PM

The Repugnant party caused the problems Obama is trying fix. Repugnants haven't done anything in the last 18 months to help the country out of the messes they caused. By insisting on selfish, harmful policies like borrowing to fund tax breaks for the ultra-rich, they are determined to continue their harm to the economy.

Posted by: 1observer | November 4, 2010 6:00 PM

I don't think any Republican voted to make anything "better" because they didn't care and didn't want to make anything better.

The people who are most up in arms about anything political are the racists who just can't stand to see a black man in the White House.

You didn't see or hear any of the GOP out there campaigning on making anything "better" and they didn't campaign on anything new.

The GOP campaigned on business as usual, more tax cuts for the rich -- who aren't even asking for tax cuts; and more borrowing from China to make up for the tax cuts for the rich.

The GOP did say Jobs Jobs Jobs, so where are the Jobs, and what's taking the GOP so long with those Jobs?

Posted by: lindalovejones | November 4, 2010 6:23 PM

Listen, with 30 Million added to the insurance rolls plus ER visits by those who can not find a physician to see them speedily there is going to be a medical tsunamis. How can a leader not realize he is causing a situation that requires significant advanced educational proficiency which is not available with adequate facilities or adept personal

Posted by: buckaroo5 | November 4, 2010 10:59 PM

Unless you are one of their buddies, it's going to hurt.

Posted by: grobinette | November 7, 2010 5:01 AM

Republicans have openly said that their main goal is defeating Obama in 2012. The best way to achieve that is to force another Recession in 2011.

The economy is growing slowly, but there is a lot of risk of slow down. State governments are laying off workers faster than the private sector is creating them. Cantor is already talking up the joys of a government shut down. All this means that government is acting as a destimulant to the economy when it should be pushing it forward.

The best move for Republicans is for us to lose our jobs and blame Obama, so that's just what they'll try to do.

Posted by: AxelDC | November 8, 2010 4:50 PM

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