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This Tuesday, January 5th, the state of Georgia shaped the future of the United States by electing the senators who would define which party will control the Senate. At the time of this publication, the victory of Reverend Raphael Warnock was confirmed; while the race between the Republican David Perdue and the Democrat Jon Ossoff remained so close that it became impossible to predict which of the two would win.
With 98% of the votes counted, the American television networks project that Warnock won over Senator Kelly Loeffler; a situation that leaves the Democrats one step away from controlling the Senate and with it Congress.
Senator-elect Raphael Warnock has been called a “radical and an anti-semite” by his sermons as a reverend. In addition, his affinity with socialism was known for his closeness to Bernie Sanders.
Ossoff claims victory
The election race between Ossoff and Perdue is so close that the difference in votes between the two does not exceed 13,000; however analysts are currently predicting him as the winner
Although the race hasn’t yet been called, Ossoff on Wednesday claimed victory over his opponent: “It is with humility that I thank the people of Georgia for choosing me to serve in the Senate,” he said in brief statements made virtually.
“Whether you were for me or against me, I will be for you in the U.S. Senate,” he said. “I will serve all the people in this state. I will give everything I have.”
His advantage is currently within the 0.5% threshold that would qualify for a statewide vote recount.
Should Ossoff prevail, President-elect Joe Biden’s party will take over the Senate this month, which has been controlled by the Republicans since 2015.
If Ossoff defeats Perdue, the Democrats would have achieved a 50-50 split in the upper house, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris casting tie-breaking votes. But if Perdue wins and the Republican Party retains a majority, Republicans could block the leftist agenda of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.
A left-wing Senate
Tyler Olson wrote in a Fox News article that Biden’s agenda, among other things, “includes a public health insurance option, rolling back the 2017 tax cuts, more help for the coronavirus, rolling back Trump’s immigration policies and other executive orders, and ambitious environmental agenda.”
A report by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) revealed that Biden’s transition agenda is full of plans to increase state control.
The Biden-Harris duo has already released their proposals, and among them the most worrying things is that they would use the Defense Production Act to address the COVID-19 pandemic issue. This law allows the Federal Government to take control of private industries and order manufacturing.
According to FEE, Biden would use this law to take over more private manufacturers and force them to increase the supply of temporary protective equipment.
Another concern is that as part of the emergency economic recovery, Biden would implement a minimum hourly wage of $15, a provision that could establish national price controls and undermine the free market.
The article published by journalist Brad Polumbo for FEE mentions a study by four economists from Stanford University, where Biden’s proposals were analyzed. It concludes that government interventions would distort labor incentives, lower productivity and kill jobs.