Observations

Ahh..It’s morning in America…

Ok, not quite.  But the results are hopeful nonetheless.

Biggest shocker for us Minnesotans is the fact that the Republicans have the state legislature for the first time in nearly 40 years,  and Congressman Oberstar, who was there almost as long, was sent packing by a young Republican upstart.  And of course we kept the delightful Michele Bachmann, who crushed her opponent.

So at least it’s morning in Minnesota.

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20 Responses to Observations

  1. Justin says:

    It’s morning here in TX, too. Our 20-year democrat was fired. Hopefully the newly elected won’t waste the opportunity they have. I have hope that we got a good crop of folks in this time.

  2. Bettawrekonize says:

    Bad news, Rick Boucher seems to have lost his position.

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20101102/23430511697/one-congressional-loss-that-hurts-rick-boucher.shtml#comments

    So one person who actually questioned the pro IP corporate position lost his position. Too bad.

  3. Bettawrekonize says:

    Also, read Dark Helmets post that starts out with

    “I was willing to give the newly elected guys a chance.”

    Face it, the republicans are jerks. Complete idiots, just like the democrats. I can’t believe this.

  4. Bettawrekonize says:

    The fact of the matter is that the Republicans are uncompromising when it comes to anything. They do everything they can to gain political position and they don’t care much about ethics. I’m not defending democrats either, but it’s not beyond the Republicans to purposely make things worse to the best of their abilities when the democrats are in office just to make the democrats look bad. Not that the democrats are any better. It’s really sad what politics in this country has turned into. No wonder everyone is losing hope and faith in our political process. It’s a failure. Both parties are clearly bought by corporate interests and neither of them care at all about the public interest.

  5. Bettawrekonize says:

    (Btw, I didn’t see whatever broadcast DH is talking about on that post, but I do believe it. It’s not really such an incredible claim.)

  6. jackhudson says:

    A significant number of Republicans elected last night represent what seems to be a new generation of representatives – I hardly think we can immediately smear them with the same broad brush. And i think there is a pretty strong sense that they have to act with caution or suffer the same fate as the last House, dominated by Democrats.

    A lot of people are trying to paint the electorate as impatient in terms of waiting for results – I think they are impatient, but they are impatient with politicians who play games while lives and livelihoods are at stake – and that is a good sort of impatience. I think we should hold off a little while on the cynicism.

  7. Bettawrekonize says:

    “I think we should hold off a little while on the cynicism.”

    I’m sorry, these people don’t get the benefit of the doubt. If they want my respect they must earn it, they can’t simply assert it and no one can assert it on their behalf. So far they have done everything in their power to earn my disrespect, that includes both parties.

  8. Bettawrekonize says:

    BTW, I voted for George Bush during both elections (not that my vote would have made a difference, especially since I live in Cali) and now I regret ever voting for him (not that I would have voted democrat. Maybe a third party).

    I’m just not that naive anymore to think that anything good can come out of either party. I didn’t vote for yesterdays election partly because I’ve lost hope in our political process. What’s the use, whoever we elect is going to be a crook and they will rob the American people out of our civil liberties and civil rights just to promote corporate profits.

    For example, do you think that the republicans are going to do anything about the atrocity that our patent and copyright system has turned into? I highly doubt it. They’re part of the problem, not the solution. And the democrats too.

  9. Gerrymandering is at the root of the issues you’re raising, Betta. The fact is, districts are so rigged that we have a large swath from either side of the aisle that simply will not compromise. No Republican in Texas needs to change his (and yes, I most mean “his”) ways, just as Barney Frank needn’t do anything differently.

  10. jackhudson says:

    Well, I am all for skepticism, just not a big fan of being cynical about the whole process. And while I don’t know that I disagree about problems with the patent and copyright system, I don’t know that it is the biggest issue Congress should deal with right now.

    That issue would be our debt.

  11. Bettawrekonize says:

    It’s not just patents alone (though IP is a huge problem), it’s everything that the govt does to protect incumbent businesses. These things do have huge economic effects which is partly why corporations spend so much effort to create and maintain these laws. They wouldn’t do it if the they didn’t substantially benefit from them, and their benefit is at a much larger loss to everyone else (econ 101, monopolies create a larger loss to society than the benefit that they provide the monopolists).

    Debt is just a function of money, money is a function of aggregate output (product, things being produce. money is valueless, it’s what the money can buy that has value). Competitive restrictions reduce our aggregate output which also isn’t good for our debt. It’s all related.

  12. Bettawrekonize says:

    “Well, I am all for skepticism”

    I’m not just being skeptical for the sake of being skeptical, I’m being skeptical because history gives me a good reason to be skeptical. If history is indicative of the future then that just means the govt will do more to strip us of our civil liberties and civil rights and independent freedoms for corporate gain. This isn’t good for anyone. These things are important and we should take them seriously.

  13. jackhudson says:

    It’s not that I don’t take them seriously, it’s just that I think there has to be a some sort of priority on what Congress deals with; I think our huge debt and the fact that China holds a large part of that debt is a security concern as well.

  14. Bettawrekonize says:

    “it’s just that I think there has to be a some sort of priority”

    Therefore, the govt needs to stop making it such a priority to serve corporate interests (which both sides have been doing) and they need to start making it a priority to do something else.

  15. jackhudson says:

    Sure; part that starts with an end to earmarks. It also would extend to an end to a lot of corporate subsidies.

  16. Nate says:

    I’m more concerned with how many states have now simply fallen under one party. For example Maine. I was excited about a republican governor because I hoped it would bring balance to the state with the democrats in the legislature and a republican in the “mansion”. Now we have both branches held by the republicans.

    The country has trended conservative in this election but I don’t think we need to have conservatives in every office. Who thinks that they will represent our interests any better than the democrats?

    I voted an almost straight republican ticket for the record with the customary “mickey mouse” write in for uncontested races, which I don’t believe in.

  17. Bettawrekonize says:

    I think one of the myths that too many people believe is the notion that these govt imposed monopolies don’t have a significant economical impact. Of course they do. Here is just one example, for only one state.

    “Research by the US Department of Transportation shows that regulations locking up the taxi trade rob the public of $ 800 million a year — and prevent the creation of 38,000 new jobs.”

    http://www.jeffjacoby.com/5805/break-open-the-taxicab-monopoly

    The political-economic structure does have serious economic ramifications. Just like communism has an economic impact, so too does a system of corporate socialism and govt imposed competitive restrictions. The govt imposed plutocracy that our politicians keep on supporting has serious economic implications and they should not be ignored.

    Also, regarding the priority level, I think it’s kinda disingenuous for the govt to say, “it was and is a priority for us to pass bad laws but it’s not a priority for us to now remove them.”

  18. Bettawrekonize says:

    Also, much of debate over free market capitalism had to do with things like patents, copyrights, and govt imposed competitive restrictions of various forms. Jefferson and the founding fathers had a lot to say about these issues and were also very skeptical of them and their potential to be abused. Adam Smith also discusses these things. Govt imposed competitive restrictions are the antithesis of free market capitalism and their existence needs good justification.

    “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” — Adam Smith, the Wealth of Nations

  19. Bettawrekonize says:

    (come to think of it, those statistics maybe national, not just one state)

  20. Justin says:

    Sure, government imposed monopolies have a horrible impact. They want a health care monopoly, for example.

    Now, natural monopolies are the only type of business properly regulated by government. Or, rather, the only type of business that you could justify regulating to an extent. Deregulation of electricity in Texas has been a disaster because it’s essentially a monopoly at its core, with a bunch of middle men all getting their electricity from the same provider. It appears to be competition, but it’s really not.

    Anyway, I started to ramble…

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