Political Wish List for the Mid Term Elections

A big change is what I would like to see, no more of the Rubber Stamping that allows the Bush Administration to slash and burn our Constitution and our Civil Liberties. I want Checks and Balances back, I want all Americans allowed a voice, not just those with the most money.

Here in North Carolina, I'd like more people to understand exactly where the budget surplus went in the last session. Too many Republicans would have you believe that it was spent up. The truth of the matter is that it was not.....

( from NC Policy Watch - Chris Fitzsimon ) In fact, more than a third of it was not spent and instead paid for $200 million in tax cuts, a $325 million deposit in the state’s rainy day fund, and an allocation of $225 million into a fund that will be used to pay to repair and renovate state buildings.

Seems like good fiscal conservation, so stop with the false labeling, tax and spend is a bit of a stretch these days.

Another fallocy of the conservatives is that the liberals impede job growth in North Carolina by over taxing businesses and I say "Buffallo Chips" to that. Here is a link to the Employment Security Commission and their NC Occupational Trends thru the Labor Market Information (LMI) Division. It charts 'Employment By Major Industry Groups in 2002 and Projected to 2012'. The three sectors of this Labor Market that will be suffering are: Goods-Producing, Manufacturing and Natural Resources and Miining. Need I remind anyone of either NAFTA or CAFTA? However every other sector will see considerable growth based on what is now occuring.

Last, remember the Iraq War. We are in a Quagmire, plain and simple. We have no exit strategy, and I wonder what we are doing there. Even the Pentagon now admits that "Iraq Is Close To Chaos" and that the situation there is "rapidly deteriorating" As of November 3, 2006, there have been 2,829 American deaths in Iraq, for what?

To end my 2006 Mid Term Election wish list, I leave you with a quote from a speech made by Dick Cheney in 1991,

I think that the proposition of going to Baghdad is also fallacious. I think if we were going to remove Saddam Hussein we would have had to go all the way to Baghdad, we would have to commit a lot of force because I do not believe he would wait in the Presidential Palace for us to arrive. I think we'd have had to hunt him down. And once we'd done that and we'd gotten rid of Saddam Hussein and his government, then we'd have had to put another government in its place.
What kind of government? Should it be a Sunni government or Shi'i government or a Kurdish government or Ba'athist regime? Or maybe we want to bring in some of the Islamic fundamentalists? How long would we have had to stay in Baghdad to keep that government in place? What would happen to the government once U.S. forces withdrew? How many casualties should the United States accept in that effort to try to create clarity and stability in a situation that is inherently unstable?
I think it is vitally important for a President to know when to use military force. I think it is also very important for him to know when not to commit U.S. military force. And it's my view that the President got it right both times, that it would have been a mistake for us to get bogged down in the quagmire inside Iraq. -- Dick Cheney 4/29/1991

Comments

No tour this weekend, instead a wish list

In my blog this morning, I have put up an open thread asking everyone in Moore County to put their political wish list into words. As you can guess, only Lcloud and I have written anything. Maybe its because blogs are so new that many don't participate. Maybe because I'm a Dem in a Republican dominated area. Maybe too many have excuses and don't make time to get involved in politics. Or maybe its just my writing style. So that's why I keep coming back to BlueNC, here I can get revitalized by all the Dems that keep watch and stay involved. The next two days hard work will hopefully be rewarded. My wish is that it will be.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

At the federal level,

I wish for a Congress in which the party on the outs (the Republicans, presumably) have a real place at the table and a voice in what gets done and when. We've seen what happens when this isn't true.

sympathizer!!!

I think we could work it so that moderate Republicans have a place at the table on some issues, but not on others. It is going to take years to get this country turned around after what Bush has done to us.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

But we have got to unite Americans again

We are most powerful when all are involved. When people feel like they have no say in how they are governed and their countries policies, they either become angry activists or lazy sheep. I believe the world is hoping for all Americans to become angry activists again. I am.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

someone has to be unwilling to work with Republicans so that

triangulation doesn't happen again. I'm willing to be that person. I will work with any Republican that agrees with the Progressive point of view : )

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I want to make the Republicans sweat

and pay for all of their transgressions. Sure they can have a seat at the table as soon as they get out of jail.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

It isn't really "our" job to make them pay

distance quotes around "our" because I'm not sure what "we" has the power to make the Republicans pay. Whoever we are, though, that payment is due to their constituents, though, and not us. And I will be extremely disappointed if we retook this government to run it in the same kind of heavy-handed and un-transparent way the Repubs did. We can do a lot better.

Theeeeey muuuuuust Pay!

Jail time for all of them. Off with their heads....and all that good stuff.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

"pay" as in investigations/oversight/transparency

If we take back the house it will be a call for change. Brushing the mess of the past 6 years under the carpet is business as usual - not change. There need to be investigations and more transparency - not only in moving forward, but in looking back at just how we got into this mess. If we don't expose the illegal activities and indiscretions of the past, the electorate won't be able to see what we're doing to improve the situation.

OK...now I'm taking my serious hat back off.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Oh, I agree!

No problem here with investigations and people being held accountable for specific bad acts. It's the idea of holding the GOP accountable as a party for being a bunch of tools that bothers me. It's not productive, and it simply mirrors attitudes on the other side. What the US needs now is emphatically NOT another party more concerned with power than governance.

Welcome back Anglico

How are you feeling? Glad to see you up and posting again!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Thanks, Momo

I'm on heavy pain medication and I can't swallow anything solid. This "minor surgery" turned out to be a big pain in the neck, literally. I'll be okay though. A few more days of applesauce I suppose.

I'll bet it makes it harder than usual to digest

the Pope (TM) Koolaid

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

How about a hug?

And maybe a comment or two...

DailyKos

MyDD

Progressive Discussions (my blog at the Pilot newspaper)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Momo -

It's not your writing style, that's for sure! Your blog is terrific, and is starting to generate some traffic. The problem is that The Pilot has set things up poorly, so you have to purposely go looking for a "thread" to see if anyone has commented, and then of course your comments have to be approved before they go up. So far, I haven't had any pulled, and I've taken a couple of swipes at The Pilot.

As for my wish list, I wish for a more that "organized and outraged" band of citizens of whom Bill Moyers spoke so eloquently. I wish that more people of my generation, those of us who came of age watching Watergate on TV, had more faith in the political process and more willingness to change it from within.

I wish for a political system in which a truly honest candidate with good ideas is supported by the Party which nominated him (or her). I wish for publicly financed campaigns and an end to PACs.

I wish for a government that understands that fiscal, environmental and social responsibility are equally important, and that the imperative is the well-being of the citizens who have the least.

I wish for Democrats who are willing to show up for a planning meeting on November 9.

I wish for a balanced Congress, Federal Budget, and Supreme Court.

Oh. And world peace.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

World peace.

Heh. I loved that silly movie.