November 9, 2012 2 Comments
When asked about the election, my response typically has been that it is encouraging that Washington voters once again re-instituted a 2/3 requirement for the state legislature to raise taxes.
As for everything else, I can find some bright spots here and there, but they are few and far between.
The big enchilada, the contest for President, is a particular disappointment. 11 days before the election, I made a prediction that Romney would get a majority of electoral votes. This was based on his increasing momentum coming off the debates, which stalled out when Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast. Key states that were close went to the incumbent.
States I was wrong about were Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin (which is Paul Ryan’s home state).
One famous libertarian leaning Congressman from Texas said that the Midwestern states that received benefit from auto manufacturing bailouts were to blame. A conservative radio talk show host said essentially that “You can’t beat Santa Claus.” A blogger I follow lamented what he calls the “infantile” mindset of the majority of American voters, that want to be “taken care of” rather than show the “can-do” spirit this country is traditionally known for.
Media stories are warning of a “fiscal cliff,” and the American voters just put the hammer down. Make no mistake about it, the politicians will discern from the election results that Americans want more government programs, and the increasing taxes that are required to fund them.
Conservatives of the future will likely resemble those of the more socialist European nations. When running against the “liberals,” they will say they can run the government’s bureaucratic machine more efficiently. The debate over whether the government should even be involved in these undertakings (i.e. auto manufacturing, providing healthcare, etc.) will not even be brought up for consideration. That debate was settled in the election of 2012.
- Limbaugh: ‘Very difficult to beat Santa Claus’ (wnd.com)
- Ron Paul: Election shows U.S. ‘far gone’ (washingtontimes.com)