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Goodbye California. by The Elephant's Child

California.  They used to talk about separating it at the San Andreas Fault and letting the coastal section float away.

Someone I knew spoke of the time many years ago when he was driving through the redwoods in Northern California, being held up on a narrow road by a vastly overloaded car ahead.  It looked as if they had loaded every last one of their possessions stuffed in the car, and what wouldn’t fit inside was tied on top. When they got close, there was a crudely hand-lettered sign in the back window of the car: “Goodbye, California, and all your God Damned Geraniums.”

Michelle Malkin noted that: Governor-elect Jerry Brown extolled renewable energy as the route to salvation, and said he is “full of energy, full of creativity, and ready to serve you, the people of California.”  He also said that he’ll make a better executive this time around because he’s married now.

He added “I still carry this missionary zeal to transform the world.”

Maggie’s Farm said is it “Any Wonder why California is Going Broke?  And offered the proof of decline with a list of California state agencies.  If you were unsure of what is meant by “Big Government” don’t miss this.

Victor Davis Hanson, a fifth-generation Californian, offers his take on the election in California.

In California, there is some irony: The philosophy that led the state to the highest tax rates in the country, along with the near-worst schools, largest deficits, and most crumbling infrastructure, was reaffirmed. Now California’s state government will have to deal with the reality that if the highest-tax state in the union raises taxes still higher, it will lose even more high earners than the current 3,000 who leave each week.

I lived in California, Northern and Southern, San Francisco and East Bay, Los Angeles and Orange County. Never been back.  Hated the place.

The World Needs a Powerful and Prosperous America Where Individual Liberty and Freedom are the Driving Forces. by The Elephant's Child

Britain’s Telegraph, by Nile Gardiner. Headline; The midterms may have saved a superpower: Americans say no to US decline.

Tonight’s emphatic conservative House victory in the US midterms is a powerful rejection of President Obama’s handling of the economy and his Big Government agenda, including his controversial healthcare reform plans. The conservative revolution has been largely spurred by disenchantment with the federal government, and a strong belief in limited government, lower taxation, and reduced public spending, as well as a desire to return to America’s Founding principles.

The Telegraph again, by Benedict Brogan.  Headline “Can David Cameron turn America’s weakness into a strength?”

Until yesterday, our ministers were under strict orders to avoid all references to America’s gargantuan deficit and to Barack Obama’s failure to address it. When Mark Hoban, the Treasury minister, dared to suggest last month that the US had taken the wrong decisions on fiscal policy, a jittery White House was on the phone to Downing Street in an instant. Why was a British politician helping the president’s enemies?The midterm elections show that Americans don’t need the Limeys to tell them something is terribly wrong with their economy, and possibly with those in charge of it. The Republican surge, and the Tea Party insurgency, have left America’s friends asking searching questions about the United States, and about how Britain should adapt in an age when the relationship may be special, but is no longer the only one that matters.

The Foreign Office is already calculating the ways in which Mr Obama’s weakness could undermine progress on all manner of fronts, from the Middle East to trade talks. In No 10, they worry not only that the US economy is in deep trouble, but that American government in all its forms is seizing up, even entering a period of long-term decline.

Der Spiegel, by Gregor Peter Schmitz.  Headline: A Settling of Accounts with Mr. Perfect.

The Democrats suffered a debacle at the polls in the US on Tuesday — and President Barack Obama is to blame. Once celebrated as a great communicator, the president has lost touch with the mood in his country. Now, he must re-invent himself. But can he succeed? (…)Obama, the great communicator, turned into the country’s lecturer-in-chief. His reforms required a vision to give them an overarching structure. But instead, Obama preferred to go on about the failures of his predecessor George W. Bush, who had long retired to his ranch in Texas. Or else he analyzed how the impact of the global recession would have been far worse without him and his economic rescue team.

His advisors seem to still believe that the public just doesn’t understand how much good Obama has achieved, from health care reform to tougher regulations for the Wall Street gamblers.

Thought you might find interesting what they’re saying in other countries.  Nile Gardiner added:

After the immense damage of the last two years, the midterms have offered the United States an opportunity to reverse course and get back on its feet. The world needs a powerful, successful, dynamic and prosperous America, where individual liberty and freedom are the driving forces, rather than the overbearing deadweight of federal government. The American people have spoken, and the White House must be held to account.

The Morning After a Tidal Wave: by The Elephant's Child

What a wonderful tidal wave!  Or call it “The Surge.” Yet like many, I probably had my hopes a little too high.  I really thought that Sharon Angle could defeat Harry Reid, but I will have to be consoled with Chuck Schumer’s disappointment.  I was hoping that Sean Bielat could take down Barney Frank, an eventuality much to be desired.

I was hoping for some progress in California, but they apparently prefer to continue their slide into the abyss.  And Washington being Washington, we will have to wait and wait for the final count on the Murray/Rossi race.  Washington is a very blue state: King County vs. the rest of the state.

Lots of exciting outcomes.  Marco Rubio is a new Senator and an impressive one.  The execrable Alan Grayson is history.  The Republican takeover of the House of Representatives is huge, a gain of 60 seats with 11 still to be decided,  and a rebuke to Obama, Pelosi and Reid.  Five more governors with 4 yet to be decided,  and a stunning sweep of state legislatures.

Everybody is full of advice for he new Congress, yet we still have to do with the old difficult one.  The lame duck session should be interesting.

President Obama clearly doesn’t get it.  With a depressed, deer-in-the-headlights attitude, he argued that the problem was really the economy he inherited — we were voting against Bush? — and we are really angry that his agenda just isn’t progressing fast enough.  He is talking down to us again, and he seems hurt that we don’t appreciate him enough.  He wants to push ahead with his agenda, only faster.

So he’s off to India with an entourage reminiscent of all the opulence of a Rajah in the olden days. Two hundred million dollars a day, is the estimate.  He really, really doesn’t get it.

Obama: Historic Defeat Shows Americans Want More of My Deeply Unpopular Policies or something by American Elephant
November 3, 2010, 2:19 pm
Filed under: Election 2010, Health Care, News, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: , ,

Obama before the election: Oh yeah, this election is a referendum on my agenda:

“My name may not be on the ballot, but our agenda for moving forward is on the ballot, and I need everybody to turn out,” Obama said Tuesday afternoon during an appearance on the Rev. Al Sharpton’s radio show.

Obama after the election: Biggest defeat in 70 years proves Americans love my policies and want to step on the gas! :

“We’d be misreading the election if we thought the American people want to see us, for the next two years, relitigate arguments we had over the last two years,” Obama said when asked about Republican promises to dismantle the health-care legislation.

…When he was reminded that one in two voters said they opposed the health-care bill, Obama shot back that the statistic “also means one out of two voters thinks it was the right thing to do.”

…He said that his policies had made the economy better, but that “clearly too many Americans haven’t felt that progress yet, and they told us that yesterday.”

Now, of course it’s a complete lie that one out of two voters approve of Obamacare. The truth is that 58%  of likely voters, just two days ago, said they favor complete repeal of Obamacare (keep in mind, Obama only won the presidency with 53%) and only 36% oppose repeal.

That’s a mandate. And Obama cannot make it go away with his silver-tongued lies.

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