Fantasy politics

The Next 100 Years by Peter Zuris

Here's the fantasy. Close your eyes and pretend:

Rupert Murdoch and Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist decided early in life to be workers instead of the jobs they chose in real life.

It's 2000 AD.

Bush vs Gore, without the 24/7 free, unfettered Bush advertising that happened in the real world at this time.

Gore/Lieberman win by a landslide.

Jump ahead to present day.

The Gore/Lieberman ticket had continued the policies and capability of the Clinton/Gore administration.

It's been since Vietnam that America was at war.

While the private enterprise economy has had it's up and downs, the government has mostly stayed out of the way rather than taking the choice of tiny Federal Reserve interest rates hoping to fuel a bubble.

Tax rates have stayed at their historical averages.

The country has made solid progress at the necessary task of shaking our oil addiction and now, not only are we consuming much less, but it's all from friendly allies. AGW and the attendant damage of extreme weather is certainly still with us but staying in check rather than continuously getting worse.

The Clinton surplus budgets have continued and we have remained deficit free with a couple of good whacks at the debt as a bonus.

In 2008 Obama/Biden took the reigns smoothly and efficiently from Gore/Lieberman and continued the same effective policies.

Open your eyes and return to reality.

We'll never know, of course, ever, the destination of the path not taken. This fantasy is only one possibility. But, it is a possibility.

Like the old lady who swallowed a fly, the fact that Limbaugh/Murdoch/Norquist chose the careers that they did, had consequences. We are living them now.

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nstinks writes:

Fantasy sports are all of the rage today. How about we try a round of fantasy politics?

What do you think America has been witnessing the last two-plus years?

Although, with Barack......it is no fantasy.

It's a tragedy!

nstinks writes:

What a dumb blog entry Peter.

Aren't you the one under Pmz who preaches reality........not supposition?

Gore lost!

Bush won!

Get over it!

I'm not a big fan of John McCain, but most informed Americans are wishing they had their presidential vote back in 2010.

Even McCain, as mush as most conservatives and liberals dislike him, would have been a far better choice.

How's that piece of supposition?

pmz writes:

in response to nstinks:

What a dumb blog entry Peter.

Aren't you the one under Pmz who preaches reality........not supposition?

Gore lost!

Bush won!

Get over it!

I'm not a big fan of John McCain, but most informed Americans are wishing they had their presidential vote back in 2010.

Even McCain, as mush as most conservatives and liberals dislike him, would have been a far better choice.

How's that piece of supposition?

Is supposition a form of the word suppository?

We have actual living experience and proof of Bush's failings.

The best we can do to stave of the complete embarrassment of electing him, twice, is to apologize and say that we were seduced by Rush and Rupert.

It's not all that great a stretch to say two things.

1. If it wasn't for the free 24/7 Bush advertising from Rupert and Rush, Gore/Lieberman would have won in 2000, and 2004.

2. They would have continued to build on Clinton's successful policies.

That's why my fantasy could have well come true.

In any event, no fantasy would be worse that Bush's actual performance.

nstinks writes:

Debt Battle: The Tea Party has proved its power — and its principle. Now it's time to declare an imperfect battlefield victory in 2011 and regroup for the more important struggle of defeating President Obama in 2012.

Champions of smaller government, lower taxes and a freedom-driven economy shouldn't expect whatever the end result of "Boehner 2.0" is to be worth very much cheering, especially after Harry Reid's Senate gets through with it.

But with the clock ticking on the federal government's debt deadline, Tea Partyers should take whatever half-loaf now comes their way.

They've demonstrated that theirs is one of the most formidable grassroots movements in American history. What they stand for is right, and would make our Founding Fathers proud. And they've demonstrated that they're the real deal, not shills for those who are a little right of center within the Republican Party.

Bismarck might not be the Tea Party's favorite historical figure, but his advice has never been more pertinent than here and now: "Politics is the art of the possible."

Tea Partyers shouldn't lament that their preferred Cut, Cap, Balance approach, which passed the House, is impossible to get enacted into law in 2011; rather, they should take pride in realizing that because of their movement, real spending reform is indeed politically possible — just not this year.

They're poised to be a part of replacing Barack Obama with a Tea Party president. But that won't happen if they let Obama shift the blame for this economy to Tea Party-beholden GOP congressmen. What'll happen in that case is very likely the collapse of the Tea Party as a serious force.

Leaders of this great movement should know better than anyone that the war against spending is a long one. Even if by some miracle, $3 trillion or $4 trillion in cuts did materialize this year, we're still talking about government debt less than a decade from now approaching $30 trillion. This debt ceiling conflict is only the opening shot of their People's Revolt against such madness.

Entitlement reform and elimination of wasteful agencies, not to mention the possibility of a Balanced Budget Amendment being ratified by the states, are all battles that lie ahead. But they are battles that will be won only with control of both the White House and Congress.

What the Senate and House agree to is unlikely to include a BBA. Still, the Tea Party should take it, declare a partial win for its agenda and get to work ousting Obama in pursuit of the completion of their goals. GOP internecine warfare only wastes ammunition that will be needed next year — for the real fight.

As Sun Tzu advised, "He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious."

For the Tea Party, now is the time to lock and load and wait till next year.

Written by Jack Tymann
Naples Tea Party Member

AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016 writes:

"Fantasy" is definitely a good word to descibe this missive.

"Delusion" is another, more accurate one.

That's what happens when political extremists ignore facts that interfere with their dogma and omit truths that directly contradict their rhetoric. What they are left with is merely what they wish were true, rather than what is actually true.

It's a good thing that these people don't run the world. That is done by adults grounded in reality, and rightfully so.

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