This morning I woke up, showered, and drove to work. It seemed like any other day. The convenience store where I always stop to pick up vitamin fortified water had a familiar song playing on the radio:
I logged on, checked email – yep, tons as always. Then I logged in to Chicago Boyz to organize some pixels with some personal thoughts this day after the election. I look forward to checking out this post in four years.
I am no political expert and don’t typically post about things political; a lot of the thoughts I will put forth are probably stone wrong, but you can let me have it in the comments – I have thick skin. I think it is the harsh Midwest winters that steel me.
You see, today is a little different. “President elect” Obama they say on the radio. The Democrats are dominating the House and are very near a filibuster proof majority in the Senate, although it doesn’t look like they will get it. Thank God for Mitch McConnell.
I honestly don’t think that Obama will enact all of his ruinous policies. He won many states by the thinnest of margins. In fact, McCain did better than I thought he would both in the electoral college and the popular vote. No Reaganesque landslide here. It gives me hope for the next election. I don’t think it can get too much worse for the Republicans. Can it?
In fact this might have been a good wake up call. When we see a lot of the things that will be heading down the pike the next couple of years, hopefully a good campaign can be waged by some of the R front runners. I have one in mind that I think would fit the bill quite nicely.
So I fully expect a pretty good tax hike coming, and this will for sure hurt my employees. You can repeat that scenario a zillion times across the nation. Some businesses will do better with the new President and Congress, some will do worse. My business? Time will tell.
I hope that Obama at least fills his conference rooms with clear thinking adults. We are still at war with radical Islam, have major issues with our economy and have a lot of other important things to deal with. Even if their ideology isn’t the same as mine, I hope that whoever is in Obama’s cabinet will have at least some inkling of how their policies will affect the real world. Clinton retreads wouldn’t be the worst thing – not optimal, of course, but better than total loons.
I was fully prepared for last night’s results – not too much surprised me, except the fact that the people of Minnesota may have elected that clown Al Franken to the Senate – as of this writing the race is still undecided. That is the one race that would make me tear out what little hair I have remaining on my head. But so be it. We get what we deserve.
There will be no blame on black helicopter conspiracies for this loss. As the typical adults in the room, we conservatives will take our lumps and point the finger at ourselves. No stealing of elections, hopefully no tearing down of the victors.
One bonus of the Republicans losing is that I won’t have to see anyone wearing “McHitler” or “Muck FcCain” t-shirts – although according to this video, that industry is typically one third of the US economic output:
Economists Warn Anti-Bush Merchandise Market Close To Collapse
I highly doubt that you will see our side going to the sorry depths of folks like at Kos. That site lost what little credibility they had when they challenged the authenticity of the parentage of Sarah Palin’s baby. Creeps.
One other benefit of Obama winning for me personally will be the hopeful sinking of the ship that people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton ride on. If anyone ever asks me or challenges me to a debate about racism or “whitey” keeping anyone down, I will simply refer them to whitehouse.org.
Ah, the phone rings. Customers are coming in. It is a day like any other, but I will go through it thinking about the future – my business, my family, my right to bear arms, my tax burden. A future that looks like it will hurt for a while, until we find the next Reagan. Will there be one in my lifetime? Don’t know. Hope so. Actually, I hope it is the next Thatcher.