Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Aftermath

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Well, it's over. I find myself rather bummed about the results and what it says about the American people, but I don't think we will see marshal law and Brownshirts in the streets any time soon. We have just kicked out the firemen and turned over full control to the arsonists who set fire to our economy and looted our treasury, with instructions to "fix" it and full access to our bank account and credit. WEEEEE!!!

The Democrats have controlled the legislature for two years. They now have bigger majorities in the house and senate as well as the Whitehouse. How long will they be able to blame their failures and the consequences of their actions on the Republicans and George Bush? Maybe this is what Nancy meant when she said that increasing the house majority for Democrats would make it more bipartisan, they would take the pork and the Republicans would take the heat?

My biggest concerns are:

--The threat to energy development by the bans I expect on drilling and exploitation of oil shale.

--The damage to the economy of regulation and higher taxes along with higher energy costs.

--The threat of federal laws against firearms and ammunition, through bans, regulations, or taxes, and the higher crime rates that will bring. It could roll back the progress we have made against crime as 40 states passed "right to carry" laws and saw their crime rates drop. It also disarms citizens at a time when the words and intention of the second amendment ring quite loudly.

--The threat from terrorist forces when the military is forced to stop fighting them overseas and they return to our shores with a renewed sense of immunity.

In one sense I am lucky as I don't expect any surprises or buyers remorse. Although Obama is a shameless liar he has been rather open about that. He has lied openly and publicly so no one can say they were deceived except by their own desire to be deceived. If you ignore what he said he has been rather consistent about his intentions and beliefs. The people who think Obama will pay for their gas and mortgage may be in for a rude awakening and that tax rebate will not seem so cool if it comes with a pink slip. I wonder how many working class Democrats are going to find themselves like autoworkers, with high pay but no job? As for me, any surprises will be good ones.

I suppose the biggest question will be if Obama has the sense to go slow enough not to scare the horses. If his arrogance leads him to move too fast, he may find himself saddled with a Republican congress and senate, as Clinton did. We shall just have to see what happens. I didn't think there was much chance for this election, though I didn't expect this bad a result. The energy and excitement that Sarah brought to the campaign gave me some hope. Now I'm just bummed.

I want to crawl off and hide.

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14 comments:

Homekeeping Heart said...

The next four years is gonna be a bumpy ride. I'm not looking forward to it.

I makes me so angry that someone that is closely connected with people that hate America, will be seated in the highest position in our country.

I am bummed, too.

Voice of Reason said...

Hey Mac,

You put my thoughts into words much better than I ever could. Thank you.

I'm bummed out by the results too, but I have decided not to let myself get too far down in the dumps. As I told Otta, this nation is the greatest nation in the world, not because of the people in Washington, but in spite of them. The American spirit is what makes us who we are, and I believe that spirit will remain strong. The people of this nation have a proven track record of making lemonade when they are given lemons.

I’m going to remain optimistic because, no matter what happens, we will survive. After all, we survived the Great Depression. For that matter, we even managed to survive Jimmy Carter. This, too, shall pass. Until then, let's just hope that the damage to our country is minimal.

Talk to you later.

-VoR-

ReformingGeek said...

Hey, good to see you back! I like pictures!

The folks that bought into the "change" part of his campaign may be in for a rude awakening when the "change" isn't reflective of what they wanted changed.

Yeah, we'll just have to see what happens.

Voice of Reason said...

Hey Mac,

Just checking in with you. I haven't seen you around the nets in a while. I hope you and little mouse are doing well.

Just thinkin' about ya.

-VoR-

Voice of Reason said...

Hey Mac,

Just dropping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Please, also wish the same to Harper for me, if you happen to talk to her.

Talk to you later.

-VoR-

Geri said...

I think we have to remain optimistic. I think the choices Obama has made so far seem good, and I think he's trying to do the right things. Anyway, we'll see.

BrendaK said...

Ok, here we are in December and nary a peep outta ya for practically EVAH!

Mac, Mac, come out and play...
/singsong

Seriously, your 'voice' is missed by all.

Y'know, I'm not nearly civilized enough for you -- most people really aren't -- but it does help to have your example to point the way. It's practically your Cosmic Duty to be out and about on the Interwarptubethingies!

(Is the guilt thing working there? If not, I could probably send bribe cookies.)

Machinist said...

But Gentle Brenda, I was just over on your very own blog on the 25th! And a fine blog it is, too!

"Civilized"? Pffftt!! You are the Gracious Miss Brenda! We all bow in awe at your grace and charm. Ask any Gerbil!

Machinist said...

Geri,

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are right, but I have trouble being optimistic. As you say, we shall see. I join you in hoping for the best. The good of the country comes before politics.

Machinist said...

Brenda, macaroons? Mmmmmmmmm!!!

(Mac-aroons! I'm here all week!)

Cali said...

I miss you Mac!

miss you miss you miss you miss you miss you miss you miss you miss you miss you miss you miss you miss you miss you miss you miss you miss you miss you miss you

There! is that annoying enough?

Machinist said...

You could never be annoying, Cali. It's a special treat to hear from you!

(Did you get Sinner to finish your chores? I LOLed!!)

Machinist said...

How was the water?

cali said...

Hi Mac!
The water is getting pretty cold but it was really nice to be out there last week because it was glassy and clear. But the last couple of days, we have had a cold storm trying to ruin my life! No rain yet though. Im not going to let a little..I mean a lot of cold water stop me from enjoying what I yearn for. That is what wetsuits are for! So, just as soon as the sun comes out again, and any storm pollution dissapates, Ill be splashing through my ocean again.