If 2010 was any indication, the coming year is going to be batshit crazy.
The Republicans' priorities at the federal level - now that they control the House of Representatives, and have demonstrated how they can bully their way about the Senate - are going to be 1) Screw Obama, 2) Demonize Obama, 3) Pillory Obama, 4) Cut Taxes for the Rich, 5) Shovel More Federal Money to the Rich, 6) Impeach Obama, 7) Take As Many Vacation Breaks As Possible While Railing Against the Lazy Poor and Unemployed, 8) Prepare for 2012 Elections, Because Elections are More Important Than Actual Governance.
The Republicans' priorities at the state level - considering they have a majority of state legislatures and governorships to play with, especially here in my home state of Florida - are going to be worse.
Already here in Florida, incoming Governor Rick "MEDICARE FRAUD, YOU IDIOT VOTERS HE COMMITTED MEDICARE FRAUD" Scott has already spoken openly about eliminating corporate taxes altogether, privatizing our entire school system, cutting state jobs which would affect social services at a time of massive unemployment and poverty, arguing against ANY regulations that would, you know, PROTECT PEOPLE FROM INJURY OR CRIMINAL ACTS, and not really offering any kind of works programs or incentives to businesses to grow and add jobs.
"I'm going to run this state like a business," Scott promises. Considering he ran his businesses into law-breaking acts that led to massive fines, THIS IS NOT A GOOD SIGN.
What's worse? I worry for the state of Texas. There, the state legislature has 2/3rds Republican majority in the state legislature, meaning they could pass anything requiring supermajority vote... like amend the entire state constitution to whatever wingnut obsession tickles their fancy. Meaning you Texans are going to say goodbye to whatever abortion rights you have, to whatever rights to privacy you have in your bedrooms and sexual lives, to whatever freedom of religion you thought you had, to any sane fiscal policy, and say hello to a secession amendment contingent on whether or not Obama gets impeached before 2012.
So, yeah, here comes 2011.
My predictions for the coming year?
Obama gets impeached right out the gate. Instead of wasting time investigating Obama for his Hawaiian birth certificate, the House will admit into evidence whatever crazy shit Orly Taitz has and use that as grounds for impeachment. It won't go anywhere in the Senate, as there are enough Republican Senators there with enough sanity to know how insane the House's move will be, but the real purpose - get Obama embarrassed early and often before the State of the Union speech - will be served.
Speaking of the State of the Union, it's already established that Justice Alito would like to excuse himself from appearing. The question will be who among the Republican Far Right will excuse themselves along with him? A half-empty audience will look bad on the television screens, no matter how petulant and childish the Republicans will be pulling this stunt. That's because no one will hold them accountable for their childish stunts. Hell, pulling these stunts was why they won in 2010, right?
Obama will then get impeached for the Health Care Reform bill, as it was an act of treason instituting such an obvious communist plot against America. Never mind the final bill nearly matched the Republicans' proposals from 1994.
The state of Florida will pass legislation firing every state employee and then contracting out to private corporations to cover all services. Never mind the fact that privatizing all state services - including law enforcement - is actually going to ADD another layer of bureaucracy and will most likely make things MORE expensive. But hey, privatizing everything (except corporate welfare) is supposed to be a good thing, right?
Oh, and in Texas, half the population is going to flee for Oklahoma and New Mexico before April because their state lege is going to destroy every sane provision and law in their desire to create a Christianist Old Testament nation/state.