So the great mid-term election cycle is over. And most of the votes have been counted. Overall, republicans made some amazing gains across the country, gaining over 60 seats in the House of Representatives alone. This is a clear shot across the bow of the ship of state and a warning: keep it up and you'll be next to fall.
The one glaring dark spot in this entire race was the state of California. It was pretty much an entire Democratic sweep in a state that is hemorrhaging at the seams, and is behind on the budget a few months. IOUs are once again just around the corner, and you'll see massive cuts to public services. This is grave news for California. Needed reforms will not be forthcoming, and you can expect greater and greater taxes so the state politicians can finance their existing and future pet projects and spending sprees. Just take Prop 23 - It goal was to Suspends Implementation of Air Pollution Control Law (AB 32). That proposition failed miserably, and that means that regulations will become stricter, taxes will go up, and business will run fleeing from the state. This insane piece of environmentalist nonsense will show up in my utilities bills in the form of a big fat TAX on me and my family. Stellar. And of course the fact that 3 time Senator Barbra Boxer who's famous for dressing down a 4 star general for calling her 'maam' instead of 'senator' with the rationale that 'she worked hard for her title.' This is the exact kind of dripping, disgusting self-righteousness that has permeated the senate for far too long. Now she has been thrown right back into the Senate for a fourth term, and people expect things to change around here??
Californians are truly idiots.
The lead lining is that the remainder of the propositions actually went just as i had hoped, so at least we've beat back the parasite's ability to tax us even further.
As far as Meg Whitman is concerned, she got exactly what she deserved. After attempting to play both sides of the immigration issue by putting up billboards in spanish contradicting her position in English, and by waffling on a couple of important issues, she lost some serious credibility with the public. $140 million -> straight down the drain.
Other news around the country has been encouraging, but a few lost races have me bummed.
- In Nevada, Harry Reid closely beat out Sharron Angle (thanks to astronomical union funding) to remain leader of the Senate.
- In Delaware, Christine O'Donnell lost to Chris Coons.
It basically seems to me that a lot of the energy and ideas of the Tea Party movement couldn't be translated to broad bi-partisan support. It definitely didn't help that the Republican party and their "chosen" candidates were extremely fractured and nearly cannibalistic, with a number of candidates (Murkowski, Christ) refusing to drop out of their races after losing the primary. This is the reason one should never, ever pledge allegiance to a "party", and instead focus on each candidate and their actual ideas and ideals. This is also the reason i will never label myself as a Republican or a Democrat.
I'm not sure if the president and the Democratic leadership has gotten the message; only time will tell. So what can we expect? Unlike the "transparency" that was promised from the president, we actually can look forward to true transparency. And i, for one, can't wait to see the end of the "we have to pass it to see what's in it" mentality and an end to further backroom deals.
The worst we can expect is actually a blessing: Gridlock. I wholeheartedly hope that NOTHING HAPPENS for the next two years. Why? Because a runaway government that is not passing laws is not TAKING AWAY MORE FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES. And despite the current sordid state of affairs, we know, at least now, it won't get any worse.