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Sunday, October 8, 2006

It’s Offically Over

The political revelution that began roughly 12 years ago is officially over.

Dennis Hastert, speaker of the house, tenaciously holds on to his office despite calls to resign over the Foley sex scandal.  

Mind you, I agree with this decision – but not the reason he gave.

Says Hastert: "If I fold up my tent and leave, then where does that leave us? If the Democrats sweep, then we’d have no ability to fight back and get our message out."

So Hastert will hold on to power for the sake of having power.  

That may cause some to respond, "Well, Duh… of course the Republicans want to hold on to power.   They’re Republicans!"  But that’s not the way it always was.  12 years ago it was the Democrats who were the entrenched leaders of the legislature, and the Republicans (although they’d had equal success as the Democrats in the Executive Branch) were looking to change their message – and their goals.  It wasn’t supposed to be about power, it was supposed to be about the message.  And the message was simple: it was not about power, it was about shrinking government, lowering taxes, promoting entrepreneurial businesses, tort reform, and welfare reform.  

On those counts, since 1994, the US legislature has scored about a C; although taxes for working class families have gone down, so have taxes for the ultra-rich; tort reform has been accomplished (although not quite enough), welfare reform is underway, entitlements funded by the working class are down, but government is growing larger and larger every day.

As an ambtious government project goes, A "C" isn’t a bad grade.  But the contract is dead.  Government is growing, and the areas that needed improvement and acts that weren’t passed in 1994 haven’t been addressed in years.

And now, it’s not about the contract anymore.  It’s about keepng power, so they can get the message out.  Twelve years ago, it was about getting the message out, and gaining power was secondary to that.  It’s officially over.  The revolution is dead. 

posted by Michael Humphries-Dolnick at 12:55 pm  

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