PermaLink 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.

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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 to do.

This would be my list:
  1. 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.
  2. Dismantle NSA's eavesdropping program at once
  3. End funding for Guantanamo Bay and whatever secret torture prisons the CIA may still be operating overseas
  4. Grant existing detainees the right to protest their detention in court
  5. End the sell-off of public lands.
  6. End the plan to drill for oil in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge.
  7. Restore EPA's previous level of administrative and enforcement power
  8. Dismantle the Department of Homeland Security and break it into more sensible operating groups, though not necessarily exactly as they were prior to 2001.
  9. 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.
  10. Dismantle the No Child Left Behind Act and let schools go back to teaching instead of preparing for standardized tests that don't work.
  11. 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.
  12. End the marriage penalty immediately.

That's all I could think of in five minutes.  There doubtless would be more.  Your suggestions are welcome.

Still, it's been a good week.  

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