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Be Careful What You Wish For

by Lynda Lambert

I fear the next two years of Republican control of congress, but at least we won’t hear all that whining.
It has been 50 years, so the pundits tell us, since the Republicans controlled both houses of Congress and the White House. I’m sure that over those years, while the Republican presidents whined that they could get no help from a Democratic Congress, they wished for just this moment. And when Republican Congresses fought, harassed and badgered Democratic presidents, the Republicans tried to hammer home that they could do much, if only they had a Republican president.

Now they do. Now they both do. I expect no more whining.... no more badgering... no more making of excuses... no more laying of blame.

The Republicans have wished to be in control and now they are. But, perhaps, they should have been more careful what they wished for.

As I see it, the voters have told them, quite clearly, to sh*t or get off the pot. After 50 years of “if only,” now it’s time to show what they can do.

They can no longer say, “We could have done better if Bill Clinton hadn’t left us in such a mess!”

Bill Clinton, as we well know, left the government, the peace and the economy in the best shape it had been in in a century.

Republicans cannot cry in 2004, “A Democratic Congress stopped our every move.” They have control. They have control, and my heart is in my boots.

Will they know how to actually lead the country after 50 years of whining and blame-laying? I’ve seen no evidence that they might.

Will they know how to jumpstart an economy that they have laid waste do? Certainly not by giving tax cuts to the richest 1%.

I was downsized out of three jobs in the 1980’s thanks to Reagan our last puppet president before Bush. But the mistakes his economic and global policies made will be nothing compared to GWB and his rubber stamp Congress.

Because of the intense growth of business during the Clinton years, we all have much farther to fall.

Had Gore been inducted into the Presidency as he should have been, those policies that encouraged growth of business and peace in our time would have continued. Growth would have slowed, as it must, but it would have continued.

Under Bush, I fear it will bottom out. After all, modern war does not produce economy prosperity, but economic disparity.

When Bush was appointed president by the Supreme Court, I said, “Oh, great. War and recession, the only things Republicans know how to create.”

Gee. Let’s see. Two years later, what have we got? Oh, I know: war and recession.

I fear the next two years. The reorganization due to Homeland Security will leave us vulnerable.

The market remains tenuous. Peace across the world is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Can the Republicans rise to the occasion?

I doubt that they can. But, at least, we shouldn’t have to listen to the whining.


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This story was published on December 4, 2002.
  
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