The polls are closed, or at least most are closed, and the Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives. Remains to be seen if they get a majority in the Senate. Even without the Senate, the GOP House will force a change in the Biden Administration’s Ukraine policy. The days of sending billions to Ukraine is over, especially as the United States continues to fall into economic recession. The Biden Administration happy talk about a strong economy is going to be exposed as delusional rhetoric.
Republicans in the House will not be eager to send more billions to Ukraine. If Russia continues to shut off the power grid in Ukraine and pushes Ukrainian troops out of the Donetsk Republic and Kherson, enthusiasm for backing Ukraine will continue to erode. The increased spending for U.S. defense corporations, ostensibly to be sent to Ukraine and re-stock U.S. military supplies, already is baked in to the budget. Even if Ukraine is defeated in the near term, the shareholders and executives Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman will be happy. They will still be making money off of Ukraine.
One of the most important consequences of the Republicans taking the House of Representatives will be Congressman Jim Jordan taking control of the Judiciary Committee. Unlike his fat, elderly predecessor–the incompetent Jarrold Nadler–Jordan is smart, aggressive, well read and committed to taking action to clean up the corrupt Department of Justice and criminally partisan FBI. The lies of the Democrats about the so-called January 6 insurrection will be exposed. I believe there will be a serious effort to dismantle the FBI and assign its law enforcement duties to other agencies, such as DEA and the U.S. Marshalls. I also will not be surprised if the House moves to impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Directors Chris Wray.
The House also will play a big role in exposing the lies surrounding the Covid vaccines and the fact that Big Pharma hid crucial information from the public. Each day brings new reports of the deaths of relatively young men and women dying from myocarditis. The American public will learn about how doctors at NIH, like Dr. Faucci, profited from their relationships with those who produced the vaccines. America likes to lecture foreign countries about their corruption. This is like a drunken mother-in-law hectoring her son-in-law on the need for sobriety.
Republican control of the Congress is no guarantee that the wretched policies, especially foreign policy, will be altered significantly. International events, such as a global economic crisis, will expose the impotence of the Congress to do anything significant to adopt polices that will stem the carnage from supply disruptions and soaring energy costs.
One of the wild cards is BRICS. Will Russia, China, India, Brazil and South Africa succeed in creating an alternative to the petrol dollar? Previous efforts have faltered, but the sanctions imposed on Russia in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine and increased U.S. bellicosity may change the dynamics and a new gold-based currency could take center stage on the world economy. That is bad news for the United States.
One final note about the influence of Donald Trump. There was only one Republican Senate candidate who made a point of insulting Donald Trump–a clown in Colorado named O’Dea. How did that turn out for him? He got his ass handed to him. Dumb. Trump remains an important force in U.S. politics and should not be dismissed as a “has been.”
That is my early take on what is unfolding tonight in America. What do you think?