To put some meat on this bone, the GOP Congress (they’ll take the Senate if Romney wins) would push us into the abyss, and Romney would sign whatever they passed.
Watch Medicare get turned into a voucher program, and Medicaid turned into state block grants, gutting both programs (forget about Obamacare), and watch Social Security get cut way back for those under 55.
No, that can’t necessarily be fixed four years later. The odds are pretty heavily against it, really.
No, it won’t be filibusterable. They’ll stretch reconciliation to fit. The ‘liberal’ Washington Post will say: politics ain’t beanbag, no big deal.
This is a very radical GOP Congress. They’ll call the tune, and Romney will dance to it. Speculation about whether Mitt’s a closet moderate is totally irrelevant.
ETA: Hell, I’d even include Bush in the “didn’t fuck the country up” category. Maybe if he’d succeeded in privatizing Social Security…