Well, November 2nd was voting day and we all (unless you don’t care/didn’t vote and that’s sad in and of itself) went to the polls to give a resounding…HUH? While I’ll agree that it’s historic that the Republicans took so many seats (63 at last count, we have some more still undecided). I mean, there hasn’t been this big of a seat gain since the 30s. But wtf is with the Senate? It is now split pretty much right down the middle.
So how are we/you/us/them going to get anything accomplished? I see this as more polarizing then a “take over”. Certainly the Republicans can jam anything through in the House, although it will still probably break down along party lines as far as votes go (how is this different than when democrats did it?). But now that legislation is going to hit the senate and stall out without backroom deals and lobbyist pulling the strings (wow, this sounds familiar).. Even at that point though, the president can still veto anything he doesn’t like within the bills. So what are we left with? I mean whether you agree with the “Obamacare” or not, do you really think there will be any changes in the next 2 years on it? I mean, its great to close off the doughnut hole in medicare (why not? You would have thought this would have been done long ago..), It’s nice to not get rejected due to preexisting conditions (wait, when you work and sign up for your healthcare, you can do so even with preexisting conditions…). Maximum Policy amounts are no more? Awesome, except we all know if you have 1 semester of college economics that those costs that now have been given to health insurance companies will be passed back to the consumer, thus we get a raise in prices! Yay! I guess the point is that there are SOME parts of the healthcare bill that isn’t so bad and then there are some that just don’t help. But do you really think its going to be repealed in the next 2 years? Not likely.
What about those Bush Tax cuts? Well, lets be honest here. The marriage tax should go. This is just stupid. If you are married and have no kids, you get sent to the cleaners.. I kinda wonder if this is another sin tax like tobacco or alcohol (you like getting laid? Great! But if its not for procreation then we need to tax that winky (what? you don’t call yours Mr Winky?!!). Okay, so let’s think about the Bush Tax cuts a sec… They say they wanna raise the taxes (little confusion there as it’s really not raising anything.. it’s just taking away the original tax cut that was TEMPORARILY put in place and was expected to expire after 10 years) on those making $250k or more a year (300k or more for couples). Well, this is interesting. What if Bob the Baker has a bakery with 12 employees down the road and makes $251k a year? Should we tax him another 3% as well. They say that are trying to get 3% back from the richest in the country. Okay, then lets set it at around 1.5 million a year or above. That gets rid of most people who own small businesses. But truthfully, American’s want the tax cut, and they want a balance budget and they want their medicare, social security, etc.. Well, I’m hear to tell you that you can’t have it all.Somewhere, somehow, something you like has to be cut or it’s just not going to work. Government created jobs certainly isn’t the answer (ummm we pay that salary.. so its a net loss not gain people). Government bailouts are not the answer either (I’m looking at you Mr. Donkey and Mr. Elephant. You are both guilty.).
We can cut Defense spending ( I know, I’m prior military so you’re shocked). Our defense spending is larger than 127 other countries combined (something like 580 BILLION a year). Did I mention 120 of those countries are our allies? So, I’m not sure we need that huge of a budget (unless we are going to be invaded by space aliens soon, in which case you need to let me know as I have a few things I’d like to do before hand. Besides, Will Smith kicked their ass the first time, I’m pretty sure he can do it again without 580 billion if he can get Randy Quaid back from Canada). I mean, we need to defend ourselves for sure and have a budget that will do so. But, I seriously think 580 BILLION is a bit much. So if we cut Defense spending, people will freak the hell out. I mean we definitely need a stealth fighter vs a printer cartridge bomb.. okay maybe not.
So do we cut Medicare or Social Security? OMG ANGRY OLD FOLKS INCOMING!!! Well, we either raise the taxes on folks by about 2-3% across the board or we are never going to fix this shit. We can not continue to pay for an outdated idea with money we certainly do not have. Is it so difficult for people to put some money into savings? And if they are stupid enough to not save, should the rest of Americans and generations ahead of us pay for their stupidity? Well, I guess that falls into the “It depends on what your political belief is.” category. Maybe we should take that money and put it into a savings account for the people that can’t do it themselves (too busy drooling on themselves and thinking “I LOVE LAMP!”). So we become the babysitter for the retards of the country (ack, Mrs. Palin is going to boycott me for that one). I’m not sure I want to take care of anyone else. I have a hell of a time taking care of myself as it is!
So I guess here is the problem. Did anyone really accomplish anything in this election that will change anything over the next 2 years? No. I don’t think so. At best we stopped both sides from doing either of their agendas. We now have gridlock. It was sorta like the American people told both kids to take a time out. Take your shovel and bucket and go to your respective corners. That seems to be the sum of it all. The American public decided to say Tsk Tsk to Obama and the democrats. That was about it. Because if they really wanted to change the way things were being run, they would have given the Senate AND the House to the republicans and said “What now bitches!?”