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I haven't made a political post in a long, long time.

I'd make one now, except just thinking about it depresses me. I was not happy about the results of the midterm, needless to say... and I am even less happy, if possible, about this "compromise" that Obama has made with the GOP on taxes. From where I sit, it smells more like capitulation than compromise. Give a lot, get almost nothing.

Obama is the most intelligent president we've had since Jimmy Carter... and, sad to say, he is looking more and more like Jimmy every day. A good man, but not a good leader. At least not so far. He doesn't seem to have the stomach for a fight. We need another FDR, another JFK, another LBJ. NOT Jimmy II. (And, yes, I know, Obama has accomplished some important stuff. But so did Jimmy. Camp David accords, remember?)

Yeats was writing about his own time in "The Second Coming," I know, but sometimes I think he was prescient:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

And could that rough beast whose hour has come round at least be... Sarah Palin?

No, please. Tell me that's just a bad dream. Somebody wake me up.

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tstanton
Dec. 16th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
Right on the money
Mr. Martin, I've been saying this for a while now. Our president has been far too willing to compromise from the beginning, and not willing to take a stand when he needs to and because of this, the GOP smelled blood in the water and became a brick wall....banking on things not getting better, and it paid off.

BUT!!!!

The fact is, people are seeing the election outcome of the House in a too favorable light, I think. Let's not forget, the deck was pretty much stacked against the Democrats from the beginning. Losses were inevitable. And yes, while it was a drubbing, people are overlooking the Senate results and their meaning. The gains the GOP made in the Senate were less than expected. LESS. Only a gain of five seats. Only HALF of what they needed to take control there. And when history says that typically if the House flips, so does the Senate, and when the Senate not only doesn't flip, but also by much less than what was being predicted, that says something.

If the GOP continues its obstructionist policy, leading to a stalemate and given what I'm seeing, that's what they plan on doing, and things get better, then the Democrats can credibly argue that it was their policies, but it just took a little time to really kick in. And in a presidential election year, which tends to favor Democrats to begin with, the Republicans can kiss goodbye most of the gains they made this last election.

I see a lot of posts, here and elsewhere, by people who think they know what the American Revolution was about. Yet it's plain from their posts that they don't. I would like to recommend Jack P. Greene's "Colonies to Nations, 1763-1789: A Documentary History of the American Revolution" published by WW Norton in 1975. It is a collection of primary sources of the period and should give you a good idea of just what the Revolution was all about. And it wasn't about taxes.

And on the subject of taxes, spending cuts will only go so far. It is an absolute fact that at some point, taxes WILL NEED TO GO UP! The sooner it is done, the less it's going to hurt when they do.

Also, I would like to point out to all the anti-tax people out there that your way was tried before....it was called the Articles of Confederation. And we nearly remained British possessions because of it.

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