It’s bad when the Internet and phone go down on Election Day. It’s positively diabolical when you’re a political writer online. One can wind up with a coronary on the choice not to have TV. Luckily for me, which is the one whom we’re talking about here, I only wound up with a little high blood pressure.
Alive and well after down and out
I’m happy to say I’m still alive and kicking. And got phone and ISP service back up. But it wasn’t before the handy dandy cell phone service provider had me contacting everybody I knew across the country on Tuesday.
“Oh, hi, it’s me”
After the polls closed on the East Coast the calls from me began. Friends who didn’t mind me keeping them up and on the phone were my only lifeline into up-to-the-minute election results. Some early results didn’t look good from where I sat. As the evening wore on, things changed.
And the winner is…
Okay it, it’s over, or just continuing on with more of the same in some places. Here’s what I see from where I sit.
I’m glad to see that Congress went red. Glad to see Republicans gained control of the household. No surprise there, but I never was into surprises.
The Senate was another story. Republicans did gain 6 seats, although Democrats still control.
The big surprise there was Harry Reid’s re-election. That just goes to show you there are some folks who actually like what that man does. That’s the piece that’s so hard to swallow. Nevada joins California in seeking and getting more of the same. But I suspect it’s Las Vegas. Shows they liked the bad-mouthing they got from the President!
Less of a surprise was Colorado’s Buck (R) losing to Bennet (D) in a very close race. It was one of the Senate seats that could “go over” but didn’t, by little over a mere 15,000 votes.
I like what happened in Pennsylvania. Toomey spoke for the blue bloods who had enough. It would be nice to think that these days, as go New Jersey and Pennsylvania, so goes the country. Taking that catchy phrase from California’s lead down the tubes would be a good new lead to follow for the country.
California opts for ruin
And, of course, California continued on the road to serfdom by re-upping what put it on that road in the first place: Boxer, Brown, and AB32.
Proposition 23 failed because millions more dollars were thrown against it by the real moneyed interests in California than the “Texas oil companies” who operate in California and bring cheap energy on demand to the state.
California now marches toward $7-$9 per gallon gasoline, enhanced exodus of business out of the state, further decline of real estate values, continued sapping of the poor to support the already-rich, and preservation of an already healthy environment at the huge expense of the people.
I predict that Prop 13 protections of long-standing low real-estate taxes aren’t long for this world. California needs money and needs it bad. Wealth generators left the state. The sales tax was voted down. There’s nowhere to go for more tax revenues than to the homes.
So, there won’t be any poor people in California, because no one but celebs, sports stars, green fat cats, and ruling elites will be able to afford to live here.
More to come from this private sector
Other than that, I have no other strong opinions about the election results. Now that I’m back up and live again, some broken electronic connection under a public street can no longer silence my personal and very private First Amendment rights.