||[Nov. 9th, 2006|07:24 am]
Please Ban Me!
The following was taken from hatchelts_rant...
The leading US news agency has called the final undecided Senate seat for the Democrats, which would give them control of the chamber.
Well well, what a night huh? The Democrats now control both houses and our good friend Rumsfeld's taken one for the home team.
Ok, so let's see what we've got. First off let's get into the Peak Oil/energy crisis side of things. While we might see a few more flimsy 'green' initiatives, (more land for biofuels, a few more hybrid cars) I don't think the Democrats are going to start shouting from the rooftops that we're in trouble. Realistically, they're going to want to take the Whitehouse in 2 years time, and telling people they're going to have to cut down on fuel consumption isn't exactly a winning ticket. Hell, no one wants to pull a Jimmy Carter now do they? So I think we can expect to see more dumbed-down Al Gore climate change but not a lot of real action. (It's worth pointing out that even if we acted tomorrow on the coming oil/gas issues I still don't think we'd catch it in time.)
I think it's the same for the American economy and it's terrifying deficit. With housing about to bite the big one, fuel prices about to rise from their cheeky pre-election respite, the manufacturing sector feeling more than a little sleepy, China armed with it's exchange reserves of $1 trillion, the situation is not a comfortable one. A prolonged tax rise will help, but let's be honest, who wants to vote for that?
So Rumsfeld's gone. Well, out of the immediate public eye anyway. Knowing Rummy, he'll hop straight into some shady corporation and make even more money for himself at the expense of others. Who knows, maybe even Bird Flu will make a come back...better stock up on Tamiflu eh?
And who's his replacement? An old friend of the Bush family of course. Fuck mine, can Bush do anything without his daddies friends holding his hand?
Speaking of Bush, I think he's in for a very rough ride. Not from the public, time has shown he doesn't give a fuck about what that lot think, but more from his own party. I think things will get very uncomfortable indeed and look forward to 'inside' stories about Bushs friends thinking him incompetent etc. If you believe there's people behind Bush who actually run the show, then surely you can understand they must be pretty pissed at their front man. If Bush wasn't so much of a muppet, he'd probably see this himself.
The Democrats. What do I know about the Democrats? Fuck all actually, being a Brit with my own countries political problems. However, we can quite safely assume that the Democrats are going to have a whale of a time starting up inquiries from 9/11 to the Whitehouse food budget. Whether or not any of these will actually reveal anything of any actual importance remains to be seen, but even if it only answers a handful of questions on Iraq, 9/11, The War On Terror it'll be a step in the right direction.
The future? Arnie and Hilary Clinton to do battle for the Whitehouse. Whoa, get the popcorn out for that one!