~ Sigh ~ The Elections

  1. The republicans have control of the senate. The republicans have control of the house. The republicans have control of the Presidency. No balance.

    Is there anyone besides me who finds this just a little disconcerting?

    I feel like I need to go home, wait for dark, and run north for my freedom.

    May the force be with us.
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  2. 154 Comments

  3. by   eltrip
    Law, Vegas, I'm a Libertarian. I think that they ALL need to be run out on a rail!
  4. by   NurseDennie
    Disconcerting? No - I find it terrifying. I think the only thing that keeps this country together is a big bottleneck in the government. You get all that power together in the hands on one party and the next thing you know, they're DOING things with it. I hate it.

    I don't know what to do about it. I guess just hope that the party is split enough that they can't decide what they want to do and they carry on not doing things.

    I think that's the best possible outcome for this situation. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how it shakes out.

    Love

    Dennie
  5. by   Stargazer
    I hear ya, Vegas. Checks and balances? What's that?

    I was having the "hmm...I've always liked Vancouver..I hear Toronto's nice..hey, I've always wanted to live abroad!"-type thoughts, too.

    Say bye-bye to some more civil rights, states' rights, and any say about what happens inside your own uterus. Watching Ashcroft and the Supremes spend the next 2 years crossing out lines they don't like in the Constitution with a big black Perma-Marker ain't gonna be pretty.
    Last edit by Stargazer on Nov 6, '02
  6. by   LasVegasRN
    Toronto is looking a lot nicer to me also.

    God help us all.
  7. by   sjoe
    But on the other hand, you need to look at the bright side of things. NO MORE POLITICAL ADS for a while!

    Vancouver, BC was the loveliest city I've ever lived in. But during my four years there as a landed immigrant, I felt like a guest, and not really free to criticize the government. That's one of the reasons I came back south.
    Last edit by sjoe on Nov 6, '02
  8. by   MK2002
    Las Vegas,

    Include me in the group who finds last night's change disconcerting. Especially interesting is that voters cited the economy as the most important issue. Regrettably, the rhetoric from the Democrats was quite negative instead of offering solutions. So when it came time to decide the voters chose Republican control. The control is not overwhelming, which makes the situation worrisome. Disagreements between the two parties might lead to nothing getting done in the long run.

    Never mind today's 50 basis point cut from the Federal Reserve. I expect more years of a weak economy. All the gains from the 90's are being undone, and forthcoming decisons by the new leaders are not going to help the matter.
    Last edit by MK2002 on Nov 6, '02
  9. by   donmurray
    Commiserations from Southwest of Ghandi! (political compass thread)
  10. by   Stargazer
    Heh. Thanks, Don!
  11. by   hoolahan
    Man, the only day I remember being more depressed about an election is when W was announced as the winner. I was down on my knees PRAYING Gore would get it.

    Maybe that is why everyone has been so tense here today!!!!

    Good news was my township and county were democratic sweeps, but it's not enough.....
  12. by   Dplear
    I find it refreshing for a change. I believe finally things will get done in washington and that the righ(pun intended) did indeed win the elections. The American people have spoken and they were heard. It is time for a change from the old democratic politics as usual means of thinking. I am happy that the elections have turned out as they did.

    Dave
  13. by   LasVegasRN
    From the entertainment capitol of the world, Dave, I would place a sure wager on the bet that you will regret typing those words by 2004. Complete control by one party is not a good thing.

    Watch how your 401k will continue to drop. Watch how big business will continue to push and kill the common man while Republicans insist that big business is our friend. Watch how civil rights will be slowly destroyed. Watch how our budget, that was once balanced, as it spirals out of control astronomically.

    Watch, how Bush pushes us to war while our country falls apart economically. See how after the war, just like with the Persian Gulf War, nothing will change and our country is no safer.

    Now, as I say in classic Vegas form, anyone want to parlay that bet with me?
  14. by   Stargazer
    The American people have spoken and they were heard
    Well, half of them, anyway. The House and Senate are still split almost exactly, only a few numbers have changed. And the Dems gained about as many governorships as they lost Senate and Congressional seats. The country is exactly where it was 2 years ago--split down the middle.

    Oh, except for the economy being in worse shape.

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