Republicans take congress

BY CAMRYN LELAND

Republicans recently gained control of the senate in the 2014 mid-term elections, outnumbering Democrats 53-44. In addition to gaining main control of the senate, they have also gained 10 seats in the House of Representatives. In previous years, Democrats have had majority power in the senate and house of representatives. When President Obama was elected in 2008, hopes were high for a big turnaround in the Democratic Party. Unfortunately during the 2010 midterm elections, Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives and during the 2014 mid-term elections, lost the senate as well. The loss of Democratic representatives has alveolated any progress the Democratic party had planned to accomplish during President Obama’s terms. States such as North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado, West Virginia, Arkansa and South Dakota switched from Democratic representatives to Republican Representatives. The gain in both houses has only amplified the once popular “Republican Revolution.”

“It’s time to go a new direction,” stated Republican Senator Mitch McConnell in a post in the “Wall Street Journal.”

With the new shift in political power, many believe a change is among the economy. Republican representative Paul Ryan is considering revamping how to calculate tax cuts- in attempts to make tax cuts appear less costly than they truly are. Issues such as banking and business seem to progress now that the houses are no longer divided as much but, in the same breath, issues like corporate tax codes and immigration system remained undisputed. There will be plenty gridlock between the houses and President Obama within the final two years of his presidency. President Obama plans to address issues the same in hopes of having open-minded houses and vice versa.