A Room with a Viewpoint

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes—and ships—and sealing wax— Of cabbages—and kings— And why the sea is boiling hot— And whether pigs have wings.” (Lewis Carroll)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005


I love my job, but tomorrow is my last day of work this year, and I CAN'T WAIT (Sorry bout the shouting - not)

I haven't forgotten about the Fair Tax Act. Right now, I am trying to wrap my brain around the issue of Consumption Tax v. Income Tax. Printed way too much off the net. Broke my printer (it's ten years old, doesn't owe me anything, but it's the best little workhorse printer you could want. It's getting fixed as we speak).

What is all this talk about impeachment! And it's not just the liberals calling for President Bush's impeachment! In Wisconsin, we've gotten to the point where nearly every time (slight hyperbole there, but not much) a politician doesn't toe the line, there's a recall petition, usually circulated by Republicans (a group called Citizens for Responsible Government). The Waukesha County executive was recalled. There was a petition to recall the governor (it failed). There was a petition to recall the Madison's mayor over the anti-smoking ordinance--not that he was the instigator, but all of the alderpersons who voted for the ordinance were too new in their terms to be recalled. It failed too. There were a couple of others I can't remember. We have a perfect recall mechanism--it's called the next election. IMO, it was wrong to have impeached Clinton. It would be wrong to impeach Bush. Besides, if Bush was impeached, Cheney would be president. And that's supposed to make a liberal feel better? I don't agree with a lot of things Bush has done, but the screaming has gotten out of control. What happened to the loyal in loyal opposition. I don't like Joe Lieberman, but he's right about the war and the fact that Bush will be president for three more years. Deal with it.

I like Russ Feingold. I still believe he acts out of conviction. Still, I'm not very thrilled about his running for President. To my knowledge, he has no experience that would convince me he could run a country. That's a problem for a lot of legislators. It's one thing to be one vote among many. It's another to have to make decisions that you alone have to bear responsibility for. Of course, in the unlikely event he gets the nomination, I guess I'll have to see who he runs against. It's been a very long time since I voted for a Republican. I'm more conservative (well, probably just less liberal) than I was in 2000, but still. But don't get on me too much for that, the Republicans I could vote for would probably be called RINOs anyway.

Here's a piece from the National Standard about decisions a President makes in wartime. War and Peace: Lincoln and Bush on vigilance and responsibility. My main concern is that the war on terror is probably going to last forever, and at some point we need a discussion about how we can remain true to who we are and still protect ourselves. Right now is not a good climate in which to have that conversation. Too much screaming.

Merry Christmas!! Do you have your shopping done?