Silver Linings

Further to Aggie’s point below, I also think we’ll have to find another hobby.

Much as I wanted Romney to win, I have to accept that he did not, that a majority of my country men and women wanted, and voted for, the other guy. I think that’s going to be a problem for the nation, but so be it. It’s our problem together.

I take some solace (Obama would call it “revenge”) in the knowledge that the chickens coming home to roost will be Obama’s, not Romney’s, and they will be night-of-the-living-dead chickens with vacant eyes and blood dripping from their beaks:

[I]f this universe gives us a second Obama term, how bad could it be?

Obama has spent the past four years explaining away his failings by essentially arguing he is the best of all possible presidents–that he has done as well as any man could given the “mess” he “inherited” from his predecessor. It is certainly true that he took office under adverse circumstances. But so will whoever takes office Jan. 20. In fact, things are about to get a lot worse because of decisions taken but deferred during the Obama years.

The mess today’s winner will inherit includes not only high unemployment and slow growth but impending policy changes that threaten to make those problems worse. On Jan. 1, unless Congress acts, the Bush tax cuts expire–or, to put it another way, “massive, job-killing tax increases” are about to take effect (that quote is from President Obama). If Obama gets his way–which he likely would if re-elected–Congress will forestall the hike only for taxpayers making under $200,000 or $250,000 a year. That would be good for those fortunate enough to have jobs, but it would not change the tax increase’s job-killing nature, as it would hit investors and small businesses hard.

Then there’s ObamaCare. Although enacted nearly three years ago, it was written so that most of its provisions would not take effect until the next presidential term. “The bottled-up rules to set up President Barack Obama’s health care reform law are going to start flowing quickly right after Election Day,” Politico reports. “As soon as Wednesday, the gears and levers of government bureaucracy are likely to start moving at full speed again.”

Already, The Wall Street Journal reports, ObamaCare is killing jobs: “Some low-wage employers are moving toward hiring part-time workers instead of full-time ones to mitigate the health-care overhaul’s requirement that large companies provide health insurance for full-time workers or pay a fee.” And ObamaCare includes an additional massive, job-killing tax increase (on investment income), also scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.

That’s the mess a President Romney would inherit from his predecessor.

But to quote Romney this time, I voted for love of country, not revenge. And I love my country, as I love my children, despite their bad choices.

With some exceptions.

Elizabeth Warren showed herself to be as dishonest and phony as anyone who’s ever run for office in the Commonwealth, which is saying plenty, and Scott Brown as decent and honorable—a low bar, admittedly. Yet we elected the fake Indian over the regular guy. So much for voting for the person over the party.

But even more incomprehensible is the vote to return John Tierney—married to the Armenian mob—to the House of Representatives, rather than an openly gay Republican, whose partner, if he has one, has never laundered money for his crooked brother. Choosing Warren over Brown is merely ideological blindness. Choosing Tierney over Tisei is pathological. I don’t live in that district, but I cannot understand the result. What’s more, I can’t accept it—even if I acknowledge it.

Fear not, America, Bloodthirstan still loves you. Just don’t expect us to lend you our snow-blower this winter.

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  1. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    November 7, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    My sense about the nation is that it isn’t the same country that those of us over 50 grew up in. It simply isn’t. The long push toward a European style system of high unemployment coupled with many more vacation days and many more government benefits has trumped the rugged individualism of our American youth. I think that conservatives can do well on interim election years because fewer people vote. Once we have a heavy turnout, the Democrats usually win. And, it must be said that most people are able to experience the Obama charisma. I can’t, but it is obviously out there.

    Each of us has to figure out how to enjoy life in this new landscape and how to protect our assets (which will surely be taxed). This complicates retirement planning in many ways. Is the answer relocating to a low-cost state? Some island somewhere that still respects capitalism? Lawyering up? I’m not sure, but I bet that within the next decade we have both asset taxes and a VAT tax on every single purchase. That is the only way to feed the federal beast.

    - Aggie

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