A Challenge to My Right-leaning Friends

Two years ago, I laid down this challenge to my left-leaning friends – What, specifically, to you expect of President Obama and the Democrats in control of Congress over the next two years such that if these things are not accomplished you will consider it a failure?

I received the following answers (with my assessments):

  • Close Gitmo – (Nope.)
  • End the war in Iraq – (Nope.)
  • End the war in Afghanistan – (Actually has expended it.)
  • Nationalize healthcare – (I would say no, but I think it is more of a mess now.)
  • Increase taxes on the wealthy, roll back the Bush tax cuts – (Will happen after January 1, 2011 when they expire according to the original law, I would call this a no!)
  • Reduce unemployment to 6 percent – (Nope.)

Today, I make this same challenge to my right-leaning friends – What, specifically, to you expect of the Republicans in control of the House over the next two years such that if these things are not accomplished you will consider it a failure?

For those of you in Texas, I will add – What, specifically, to you expect of the Republicans in control of the entire state government by an overwhelming margin to do over the next two years, such that, if these things are not accomplished you will consider it a failure?

5 thoughts on “A Challenge to My Right-leaning Friends

  1. Kind of side-ways to the topic but relevant…

    http://whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com

    Here’s what I expect of the republicans in congress:

    1. Overturn any progress made by Democrats (done successfully under George W’s reign and a strongly suggested approach by most current Republican leaders).
    2. Harp on the evils of homosexuality (while being caught in same sex scandals in roadside bathrooms).
    3. Harp on the evils of welfare (while enjoying their tax cuts, summer homes, first class business trips and ivy league secret clubs).
    4. Harp on the evils of Democrats irresponsible spending (while increasing budgets for their pet projects while cutting taxes at the same time).
    5. Harp on the evils of green power technologies (while taking nice trips courtesy of big oil and coal).

    Oh gee… I could go on and on but won’t. My guess is my predictions will all come true very soon.

    I will say it’s getting harder and harder every year for me to vote Republican. I will confess that this year I voted for a few Green candidates…

  2. Thanks, Peter for the humorous take.

    Brian, OK on the US, but I think you are being too easy on the Republicans of Texas. If the Republican Party is truly fiscally conservative, what about actually shrinking the size of the State government. It has doubled in 10 years and that accounts for population and inflation.

  3. My understanding is that a lot of very powerful people like gridlock because they can then do what they want. I don’t like gridlock because
    1) We are #1 in per capita health expenditures but #17 in outcomes.
    2.) The roads and bridges are terrible. and reminding me more and more of the roads I saw in the USSR in 1991 right before Yeltsin took over.
    3) Banks are no safer than before the “great recession”.
    4.) Core curriculum seems to be teaching truth by consensus rather than logic.
    5.) No working policy for immigrants, border control, illegal aliens
    to name a few issues that really need addressing

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