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Time for some ideas…

© Drew Sheneman

I, for one, am really looking forward to the Republicans actually coming up with some ideas.



  1. Don wrote:

    Can you say NO with bigger letters? They will be saying NO with really big letters. That, and the need to continue to build demons in preparation for the 2012 elections, will be the Republican/Tea Party agenda. Oh, and proposals that cater to their base which actually have no chance of passing so that they can blame the Democrats for getting in the way of retrogressive progress.

    I expect to find the truth to be even harder to find and a continued overwhelming lack of logical, realistic thinking.

    I expect neither party will now have the cajones to address the critical issues of social security and medicare longevity and their relationship to the annual and total Federal deficit. Health care reform will be bogged down using the budget process to wack away at the more socially controversial issues. There will be a push by Republicans for greater deregulation of industries that need a heightened level of Federal scrutiny, especially the banking/investing sector while the Democrats push for greater regulation of industries such as railroads which really don’t need it (read this as a prediction of a “compromise” giving both sides what they want).

    I’m fairly cynical concerning the direction this country is going and, in a strange sort of way, I’m glad I will be gone in 20-30 years and won’t have to suffer through the final demise of this grand experiment. At the same time, I worry seriously about the state of our democracy/republic and will until that day when I leave this wonderful planet. (Boy, how’s that for ending on a weird note, eh?)

    Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 11:32 am | Permalink
  2. Jeff wrote:

    There probably won’t be many major fixes to our problems for at least two years. The Republicans will claim that the President is holding them back and not working with them. The Democrats will claim that the GOP is hindering the recovery of the economy and are refusing to address the “real” issues. I guess victory in 2012 will depend on who can shout the loudest and help people wipe their memories clean for the new election cycle.

    Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Permalink
  3. ebdoug wrote:

    Medicare: Those that are on Medicare already notice a big “fix”. All the co-pays went up. Also they are really going after the billions of $ of fraud that no one cared about under Bushy boy.

    I share you feeling about the time period left in our lives, Don. We have a widening gap in income distribution. Way beyond many civilized country. That’s all the Republicans care about. “He who dies with the most toys, wins” That is their one and only goal.

    I have to tell my sister that all is not lost for us: We live off dividends so while we may lose our fight for the rest of our country, which I’ve been fighting since before I was a teenager, we win. Sad, but true.

    Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Permalink
  4. Patricia Andrews wrote:

    Don and EBDoug: I too notice with regret that the “Liberal” ideals are being lost with this generation. It is sad to know what is being lost and be unable to do much to preserve it — or be comfortable with the thought that those who will be losing it don’t really know what they are losing! Hard to take the long view!

    Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Permalink
  5. Bert wrote:

    The election is hardly over and they are asking for another war. Do they really want to attack Iran or just run the government out of money?

    Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 10:43 am | Permalink
  6. BTN wrote:


    The US won’t invade Iran (or Pakistan) unless either: (1) there is another major terrorist attack in the US or (2) Iran directly attacks Israel, neither of which is likely to hapen in the next two years.

    Iran’s leadership saw what happened to Saddam, so they won’t make the same mistakes. Besides, funding terrorists as well as insurgents in Afghanistan accomplishes much the same goals.

    Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Permalink
  7. Iron Knee wrote:

    BTN, do you really think that if Israel got into a war with Iran (I’m sure both sides would find a way to blame the other for starting it) that we wouldn’t get dragged into it?

    Monday, November 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Permalink
  8. BTN wrote:


    You misinterpreted what I wrote. I think an Israeli-Iran war is one of the situations when we WOULD invade Iran. However, I don’t think that we are close to an Israeli-Iran war.

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink