Why the SCOTUS rulings won’t affect the midterm elections (On a national level)
Women have the right to be angry. SCOTUS has leaned far to the right in overturning Roe V. Wade. Voters may vote local state officials out of office, but on the national level, the Republicans, who don’t have a plan for anything, could gain more seats in Congress.
The proportion of Americans who view the current condition of the national economy as fairly bad or very bad has risen from 63 percent in April to 75 percent, a report on Sunday by The Hill cited the latest CBS News/YouGov poll as saying. That’s bad news for Democrats.
The National Review reported on Tuesday that Americans are likely to “feel even more squeezed in the months ahead, as they burn through those accumulated savings” since inflation looks terrible.
To make matters worse, job cuts are starting to rise. A host of companies have announced job cuts or hiring freezes in the last two weeks. They range from Tesla and JPMorgan Chase to Redfin and Coinbase.
So far, the job cuts have been mostly contained to a few industries, according to Andy Challenger, senior vice president at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a company that tracks layoffs nationwide.
“We haven’t seen a huge amount of cuts yet,” he says. “But we’re seeing these large increases in layoffs in a handful of industries that seem to be potential bellwethers for the rest of the economy if things slow down significantly in the next few weeks and months.”
In May 2021, the average price of a dozen large eggs was $1.60. A year later, it was $2.80 — an increase of 75 percent. Ground beef is up 13 percent per pound. A gallon of whole milk costs one-fifth more. The same prices were higher last month than they were a year earlier. That was the most significant year-over-year increase since 1979.
In a recent poll conducted by the American Psychological Association, more adults ranked inflation as a top source of stress than any other issue asked about in the poll’s 15-year history. “You can’t turn the news off about money because you have to pay for food or gas,” said Vaile Wright, a psychologist and senior director at the association.
Add it all up, and it spells trouble for Democrats in Congress and President Biden. People vote with their wallets, and SCOTUS decisions are damned.
The other issue that will come into play is Biden’s age. Video of him walking is not helping as he walks like someone aging rapidly. There are rumors that Hillary Clinton may run again, and frankly, she could gather a lot of Democratic support.