We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Otherwise, this important warning at Pajamas - What Republicans Need to Do Now, subtitled If Republicans avoid over-estimating what this victory means and focus on the business of the American people, the gains of 2010 can be the beginning of a conservative resurgence:
Victorious Republicans should enjoy their election victory, but they should also understand it does not mean that the American people have bought wholesale into conservative political philosophy, as is so tempting to believe after a big election.
I was so hoping. My rep, Tierney, also won. On the other hand, because most of these Mass Reps are usually unopposed, the fact that so many challengers got more than 40% of the vote does offer hope for the next election. I pray that the defeats do not discourage Republicans from running next time in Mass.
Patrick's win makes me cringe too, but Baker wasn't the most charismatic candidate I've ever seen.
MA voters couldn't even vote themselves a tax break. And they evidently love the contempt poured on them by Frank.
MA voters decided to re-elect the captain and crew of the MA-Titanic and sail with it merrily down into the depths....and still do not not have a clue.
The Republicans ought to do what the Democrats have spent the past fifty years doing: Select a politically vulnerable interest group and lead a crusade to screw that group over.
I recommend a Constitutional amendment against bailouts and/or subsidies. Hammer enough on the idea that middle America should not be taxed for the benefit of corporate fat cats, challenge the Democrats to live up to their anti-business rhetoric, and hammer the ones who don't commit to supporting it. The anti-business fringe left should be very easy to lead into supporting this.
Once the amendment is passed and ratified, corporations no longer have any stake in government spending, except for its radical reduction. This will result in a large shift in corporate campaign spending.
Yes, it was very disappointing to see the loathsome Frank re-elected. I can only conclude that Massachusetts voters prefer sky high taxes and having the economy wrecked. Ditto for Californians. There simply isn't enough economic pain in those two states yet.
The Air Force has training material about decorations and promotions. A decoration is an award for what you have achieved; a promotion is a statement of expectations of what you will achieve -- a brief to get to work.
An election is a promotion in this sense: not an award for previous achievement but a brief for future work. So yes, savor the moment -- "only for a moment and the moment's gone." Then validate the people who elected you!