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The Last I Will Say About the Election

November 15, 2006

I’ve talked to a lot of people about the recent election and most of them seem surprised by my responses. I am very happy with the outcome of this election. I normally identify more with Republicans because I am a conservative (leaning little ‘l’ libertarian). However, in recent years the Republicans have lost touch with what they are supposed to be. They were supposed to be the party of smalll government. What happened to the Contract with America?

This time I was rooting for the Democrats. Since they won, the Republicans will be forced to make some changes if they want to have the slightest shot at winning the Presidential election in 2008 and win back their seats. They will have to back off of the borrow-and-spend mentality that has become so prevalent in the party. It’s really sad when Democratic candidates are bashing Republicans for increased spending during election season. I’m all for tax cuts and budget cuts, but the latter must come with the former. The amount of debt that this country has is absolutely outrageous! This is the reason I supported Charlie Stenholm back in 2004. He said (paraphrased because it’s been a couple of years) that he would rather be a tax-and-spend Democrat than a borrow-and-spend Republican. Granted, I think there are areas where we could significantly reduce the budget, but for everything else we need a way to pay for it. Not later, but now.

The Republicans under Bush have expanded the government like there were no consequences. Well, guess what? There are. You just lost your majority in both the House and Senate. In the next two years, the Republicans will have to distinguish themselves from the Democrats as the party of small government again to survive and I’m really looking forward to it.

Here are a couple of notes to everyone expecting the apocolypse with the Democrats having a majority in both houses: 1) they don’t have a super-majority in the Senate, which is needed to pass legislation or overrule a veto 2) nothing that is that major will actually become law because Bush can (and probably will) veto anything outrageous.

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