Thursday, November 9th 2006
Well, they're gone...11/09/2006 03:48 PM
The only thing more amusing than watching clowns like Rick Santorum lose
their jobs was watching Rumsfeld surrender his. Don't think that
I trust Bush's newfound "spirit of cooperation" though.
I broke my voice Tuesday night, laughing at Republicans nationwide. The
scope of the defeat was impressive, and I found myself staying out late
arguing politics with people who largely agreed with me. That's probably
where my voice went. In any case, I was working at home on Wednesday
and didn't have to talk to anyone, but my voice is still not back. I
went over to Kaiser earlier today and they gave me some stuff to combat
it, but warned it'll probably just come back on its own.
I remind you that these were the people who said my ear infection would
go away a couple of years ago, too. It did, but not before blowing
my eardrum out.
In any case, after George Allen's concession this afternoon, the Democratic
takeover of Congress is quite complete. It was amusing and maddening
to watch Bush's press conference yesterday at noon, where it seemed like
the unfamiliar word "cooperation" was dribbling from his lips
at every opportunity. We'll see how long that lasts. He's
gotten too used to his and Cheney's modus operandi to give it up
after six years just because of a simple problem like not having any friends
in control of Congress any more. I used to refer to Bush's approach
as "government-by-middle-finger," and I can't imagine him giving
it up without a lot of teething pain.
Anyway, the day was festive and now
the only problem is, what do the Democrats do next? I doubt very
many people expected to complete the sweep of both the House and Senate,
and that leaves the problem of coming up with enough non-destructive things
This would be my list:
That's all I could think of in five
minutes. There doubtless would be more. Your suggestions are
Still, it's been a good week.
- Roll back most of the changes
to rules regarding travel to and from the United States. Get rid
of the buggy and insecure RFID-equipped passports, roll back the pending
restriction requiring people who are just going over to Fort Erie, Ontario
for dinner to have a passport.
- Dismantle NSA's eavesdropping
program at once
- End funding for Guantanamo Bay
and whatever secret torture prisons the CIA may still be operating overseas
- Grant existing detainees the
right to protest their detention in court
- End the sell-off of public lands.
- End the plan to drill for oil
in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge.
- Restore EPA's previous level
of administrative and enforcement power
- Dismantle the Department of
Homeland Security and break it into more sensible operating groups, though
not necessarily exactly as they were prior to 2001.
- Repeal most or all elements
of Patriot Act I and Patriot Act II, most specifically the ones that permit
government snooping into people's business, library and personal records.
- Dismantle the No Child Left
Behind Act and let schools go back to teaching instead of preparing
for standardized tests that don't work.
- Revisit most of the tax breaks
given to corporations and the top 5% of taxpayers and rebalance these tax
plans so that more people benefit more.
- End the marriage penalty immediately.
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