MSNBC is good for a laugh some times. During the election returns, they kept trying to put a happy face on it. Focus on places where the Democrat hung on. The ‘always overly chipper while being snide and snippy’ lady anchor (who’s name escapes me) all in a flush of joy over some Republican who has made history by losing twice to two women (apparently that matters to someone). While FOX was putting up nice maps of which State was what status, the MSNBC focus was on happy talk. Sigh.
At this point it looks like Alaska is still undecided (subject to change within minutes) and the Republicans have 52 in the Senate (soon to be 53). Then there is one run off election where the single Democrat didn’t score as high as the two Republicans combined, so it is most likely to be a Republican win. Call it 54 at the end game for Republicans.
So what does this mean?
Obama is calling for a grand meeting. Likely trying way too late to learn how to work with the Loyal Opposition instead of steamrollers. (While, IMHO, in the back room crafting a strategy for the Democrats to cram through all they can in the couple of months they still hold power). Republicans need to watch out for that and block it. No approvals for a sudden rush of appointments…
Next year, things change. The Senate can actually investigate a few things, like the use of the IRS as a personal attack dog / police force. Any time the Republicans are seen spanking the IRS they will get my vote, my money, and my support. I suspect that is true for the majority of Americans. But don’t stop there. There are a lot of scandals swept under the rug to be vacuumed up and inspected…
To The Republicans
Do not take this as an endorsement of your Agenda. It isn’t. The Folks are just fed up with broken government. It takes our money and returns abuse. YOU take our money and return abuse. Avoid the urge to spend buckets of money with Friends and Contributors as rewards. It will just make your tenure short. Oh, and stay out of my bedroom and my medicine cabinet.
A metaphor that a friend and I use is that the Democrats are all worried about what we do with our wallet. They want our back pocket. The Republicans are all worried about what we do with what is in the front of our pants. WE want you all out of our pants, front and back! So just stay out of our pants, and we can get along.
THE thing you could do that would gain you the most support is to take apart ANY chunk of intrusive government. Doesn’t have to be the whole thing. Any scrap will do. Just pick some agency and nuke it. Simply having the precedent made will make huge press (if you advertise it a bit). Maybe the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Declare it a left over of a bygone age and that you think Native Americans do not need a Federal Big Brother. Maybe the Department of Education. Simply state that States were doing fine prior to Carter and they will do better without any Federal Meddling. Nuke the School Lunch From Hell while you are at it. (Or just require it to be served to all sessions of Congress…) But pick something offensive and kill it. Each agency dead and gone is a large cohort of new Republican supporters.
Do NOT run into a frenzy of “Immigration Reform”. It’s at best a trap to load the deck with more Democrat leaning voters. At worst, it alienates your base. (And no, we are not being ‘racist’. My kid is married to a Hispanic and I was speaking Spanish in grammar school. It is recognizing that the Rule Of Law and fairness matters).
Oh, and while you are at it, that H1B visa program is why I’m not fond of you. A load of folks from India brought over to kill off the wages in computer jobs. The net result is that not a lot of American kids want to get degrees in computers. You’ve killed that industry. You have a choice: Accept that markets raise wages to signal folks to enter that field, and it will self correct while having a thriving job market for a few years; OR, have a load of H1B visa folks imported to kill off any field where the jobs are happening (and make a few rich companies happy). Those companies have some bucks, but we have the votes. We tend to lean a bit away from Republican candidates when they break markets and steal our paycheck. Just remember that “Americans First” can and does include Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and all the other Americans. It is not a sin to stand up and say “I want our citizens, Black, White, Hispanic and all, to have first shot at good jobs.” (If you think the H1B visa program does that, it doesn’t. There is training available to write the job postings that bypass its ‘protections’…)
Ask yourself: “Why is Independent the fastest growing ‘party’?” Because we are tired of Crony Capitalism, intrusive government, taxes that never reduce, government that only grows – and by spectacular amounts – under Republicans AND Democrats. You have one more shot at it. Don’t blow it by doing the same as last time. Take an ax to the monster that is Federal Bloat and watch the support roll in.
That includes taking the NSA out of all our email, having the post office return to delivering the mail instead of photographing all of it, removing the “camera on every corner” mentality. Remember that the Supreme Court found for Roe v. Wade based on an implied right of privacy. Then ask what privacy we have today? Start making folks a bit more secure in that right and you get more support.
In short, return to being an advocate of The American PEOPLE first.
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