The day after

Well we have a new congress. Most pundits seem to think it’s a rebuke to the Bush team in particular and the status quo in general. So, what can we expect to change? Nothing anybody who isn’t represented by a powerful PAC calls for, that’s for sure.

Here are some things that almost certainly won’t change, at least for the better, by the time the ’08 elections role around.

  • We won’t be out of Iraq. In fact, we’ll be even more bogged down there than we are now, and the independent voters are apt to blame the Democrats for that.
  • There will be at least as many, and probably more, Mexicans, Venezuelans, and muslim-extremist pouring across our southern border as are today.
  • There will be even more people without healthcare and healthcare prices will have risen another 20% (by ’08).

What we can expect is more legislation, like the latest Medicare debacle, that is crafted by and for big business. The politicians will continue to mortgage the nation’s future with their out of control spending. With any luck, there will be a fist-fight, maybe even a duel, fought in the House of Representatives.

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5 responses to “The day after

  1. I agree on all accounts but one. We may be out of Iraq quicker than we think. It seems that the international community sees the Dems win as a slap-down of President Bush’s Iraqi policy. Even my liberal friends are saying that.

    The San Francisco Democrat and her groupies will be looking at any way they can to throw a hand granade into the Bush foreign policy.

    With congress in the Dems hands, stand by for heavy rolls.

    Have a great blogging day.

    Respectfully,
    Bosun

  2. Ozymandias

    Things won’t change overnight.

  3. But see, as a foreigner, I think the one thing that keeps America going, cynicism apart, is the ability to change and constantly modulate. In a lot of other places in the world, the Rumsfeld equivalent would have stayed on and on. (Blair?).

    But America changes and adjusts constantly owing to its basic institutional strengths. And that, I think, will eventually lead to a better tomorrow. Maybe not immediately. And maybe (and I hate to say it) – at the expense of Iraq and its citizens.

    But things will change. And I am eternally hopeful, for the better.

  4. I am a pessimist like J, but I do agree with neurojava that America has proven to be a very resilient place mostly because of its diversity and ability to change and adapt. America’s “today” is better than, for example, France’s “today.” America’s tomorrow… is for us to make.

  5. johnny

    I liked what neurojava had to say, because I will always be a slave to hope. But I do agree with J’s list. The question I have is whether or not the Democrates will have squandered their momentum by 08. How long will it take for them to mess up?

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