10 Awful Things a President Mitt Romney Would Likely Do
With the polls showing a tightening race, a Mitt Romney presidency is becoming a real possibility. As I write, New York Times polling guru Nate Silver gives the Republican a 29-percent chance of emerging victorious when the votes are cast in just under two weeks.
The Romney-Ryan campaign has offered a bewildering and often contradictory array of positions on the issues, which makes predicting what a Romney agenda might look like exceptionally difficult. What's more, we'd see a very different Romney administration if Democrats retain control of the Senate. Silver gives them an 88 percent chance of doing so, projecting Dems to hold 52.4 seats in the next Congress (it's highly unlikely they'll win the House).
1. The Romney-Ryan Budget
2. Tax Cuts for the rich
3. Repeal ObamaCare
4. Voucherize Medicare
5. Turn Medicaid into a block-grant program
6. Social Security
7. State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP)
8. The Rest
9. If Dems Have 40-50 Seats in Senate (With Ryan the Tie-Breaking Vote) Mitch McConnell, might embrace filibuster reform
10. If Dems Hold Senate they will act as a firewall against the radical restructuring of the public sector promised by the Ryan budget.
Appoint conservative justices to the supreme court. That'd move the supreme court in a decidedly conservative direction for literally decades, and would likely affect the country to a greater extent in the long term than any president could do in four years.