Top 10 liberals to watch in 2013
Liberals are emboldened after President Obama’s decisive election victory and will be on the march to enact their progressive agenda. Keep your eye on these leaders of the left who will try to make 2013 a nightmare for conservatives.
1. President Barack Obama
Obama is beginning his second term governing as if he won a grand mandate to enact the agenda of his choosing. He will seek tough gun restrictions using executive actions if necessary, push an immigration reform measure that includes more amnesty provisions, and attempt to squeeze more tax dollars from the American people to fund his wealth redistribution plans. His nominations of Jack Lew and Chuck Hagel signal increased combativeness for his second term.
2. Vice President Joe Biden
Fresh off his fiscal cliff deal-making with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Biden was handed the task of leading the response to the tragic Sandy Hook school shootings. Expect more major moves to take away citizen’s Second Amendment rights and little to deal with Hollywood’s violent-movie fetish or video-makers’ gory shooting galleries.
3. Defense Secretary-nominee Chuck Hagel
If confirmed by an already skeptical Senate, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) will begin the dismantling of America’s superpower military status as the looming sequestration will need a battle-ax, not a scalpel, to address Pentagon spending cuts. As defense secretary, Hagel will also likely advise the president to stand down from a confrontation with Iran over its nuclear program.
4. Treasury Secretary-nominee Jack Lew
Should Jack Lew navigate the Senate confirmation process for Treasury secretary, expect continued ill will between congressional Republicans and the administration. According to The Weekly Standard, “Republicans who’ve dealt with Lew in negotiations on taxes and spending regard him as the most partisan, ideological, and uncompromising of Obama’s aides.” Expect fierce fighting over Obama’s quest for more revenue versus Republican’s insistence that spending be cut.
5. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Pelosi already signaled a no-compromise approach for the upcoming session of Congress with her suggestion that Obama invoke the 14th Amendment and unilaterally declare authority to raise the debt ceiling. Pelosi’s caucus is more unified and liberal than ever and, after Obama’s decisive victory in November, is in no mood to compromise.
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6. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
Big Labor is under siege after union setbacks in Wisconsin and Michigan and will seek to harness its considerable resources to fight back against further erosion of its power. As leader of labor’s biggest union, Trumka is setting the tone, attacking “Republican bullies in Congress” who are “threatening to tank our economy and government unless they get their way.”
7. California Gov. Jerry Brown
It looks like the Golden State is doubling down on the liberal dream, with Brown declaring that its fiscal crisis is over. Brown will have a supermajority in the state legislature for the first time and new revenue to spend after voters passed a tax-the-rich initiative. But businesses and wealthy individuals continue to flee the state, raising the question of whether the money flowing into state coffers will reach expectations.
8. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Cuomo looks like he will take a hard-left turn on the road to 2016. In his recent State-of-the-State address, Cuomo touched on all the liberal talking points, calling for tough gun restrictions, decriminalizing marijuana, raising the minimum wage, and cutting carbon emissions. He went all-in on women’s rights, introducing a 10-point plan that includes pay equity and codifying abortion rights and even began chanting, “It’s her body, it’s her choice” during his speech.
9. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Sebelius didn’t join the stampede of Cabinet officials rushing out the door, as Obama’s first term appointments at the State, Treasury and Labor departments, Pentagon, and Environmental Protection Agency all bailed out from a second-term stint since his re-election. With the implementation of Obamacare unfolding prior to its 2014 rollout, Sebelius will be in the thick of things as the country begins finding out what changes they will be seeing in health care coverage.
10. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Reid will undoubtedly go another year as majority leader without the Senate crafting a budget, a criminal offense according to some constitutional experts. Reid will also do all he can to protect the liberal sacred spending cows, while milking the taxpayers for more money. Watch out for Reid abandoning any pretense of being pro-Second Amendment as he joins forces with the gun control crowd.