The President's approval ratings were in the toilet -- and Congress' were even lower -- so this stunning degree of change shouldn't have been a surprise.
Over the past few years, many people adopted an oversimplified "Republican/Conservative/Good, Democrat/Liberal/Bad" philosophy. It's what got Bush re-elected. However, the Republicans really got away from what they traditionally stood for: a small, fiscally responsible government that got things done. In fact, the only thing the term "conservative" really stood for were a series of wacky religious beliefs -- instead of a restricted approach to spending and legislation.
Look at the ridiculous drug plan the Republicans passed. The government pays full retail price for prescriptions, then distributes them to the public at a subsidized cost. A ridiculous plan straight out of the FDR administration -- with the multi-billion dollar tab going onto the national deficit -- which ballooned under Bush and a Republican Congress. That's a completely liberal piece of legislation -- but as long as Rush Limbaugh would shoot his mouth off and say Republicans/Conservative/Good and Democrats/Liberal/Bad -- the Republicans thought they could get away with it as long as empty headed nit-wits like my sister in law believed it.
Look at what the Republicans accomplished over the past 6 years with complete control of Washington: no oil drilling in the Pacific, a $58 a barrel tax on Brazilian methanol, continued funding of corn-based ethanol -- which is a complete joke -- and spending time on divisive, hateful stuff like a constitutional ban on gay marriage and jumping into the Terry Schiavo mess. And let's not forget about the rather iffy reasoning behind the invasion of Iraq -- and the complete mismanagement of it.
That kind of crap really turned me off -- along with Bush appointees like that clown who ran FERC, who turned a blind eye to the energy companies looting California during the energy shortages a few years ago. A small issue, yes, but symbolic in that the government no longer was capable of viewing right and wrong -- because the influence of outside money was so great -- blowing any sense of trust in the process.
Fortunately, a lot of the Democrats who got elected are quite conservative. Conservative in the fiscal sense. They really should help balance out the Republicans who were drunk on their own power. Will it be easy? Heck, no, as a lot a Democrats are total whack jobs -- just like some Republicans are.
Right now, everybody's playing nice. I hope they keep it up -- because this country needs to come up with a unified policy on Iraq, a real energy policy, a way of truly getting tough with the Chinese and other ruthless "trading partners" that are driving our middle class to the working class and the working class to poverty -- all while finding a way of cutting spending so we can begin paying down our nation's $8,600,000,000 credit card tab.
And before anybody begins to sling mud at me as some goofy California Democrat tree hugging liberal -- keep in mind that pretty much all of votes on Tuesday were for Republicans -- the old school, small government kind.
Last edited by b_a_betterperson; 11-10-2006 at 08:27 PM.