We've got the initiative thing in Oregon too. I hear people calling it voter-owned lawmaking. I call it government for sale. If I wanted to pore through 17 new initiaves every two years I'd run for office and get paid. Lately the initiatives have been pretty tame but for years we had goofy anti-everything stuff until we went so left wing the wingnuts got tired of throwing their money away. But not before it wrecked the schools.
Oh my, this is the first time I have revisited this thread since the night I posted it. I am glad we all had an opportunity to vent. I agree with much of what I have heard.
I have been off on my own current obsession: getting my sister (who had knee replacement surgery last February and I spent three weeks in Denver with her) through hip replacement surgery this November. This all seems every so much more important to me than anything the politicians are doing. And I am confident that they can't do anything so soon enough that they will ruin the rest of my sister's life. Only she can do that in the incredible way she always had.
As I keep telling her, she is in charge of her future. But I can't tell you how worn out I already feel in terms of what I am goint to have to do to get her through hip replacement, But the pity party is over. I will do what I have to do. And then I will come home and once again have a pretty good life for myself.
Imagine life with no hypothetical situations.
I agree with Jen (often it seems!) in that I just can no longer tolerate the extremest views of the liberal left or the religious right. I've been registered independent here in California since I became voter eligible. Now, having had a full 20 years to age and mull things over, I'm more independent than ever.
Honestly, I think both Democrats and Republicans make some good points. But, I think they both also make a lot of bad points...and bad policy.
USA is in trouble. To use a football analogy, we got 1 minute to go and are on our own 20 yard line with a 3rd and 30 yards to get a first down. We started on the 40, but Bush got us penalized back to the 20. We need the touchdown or it's GAME OVER. We called a timeout and had a quick election to determine a choice of action. Result of that election is 65% of our coaching staff has been replaced with newbies. Most all of them don't know the playbook or even what the score is. Yep, we're in big trouble...
1. So happy I live in California. Good by Arnold, hello Jerry! (and thank god we didn't loose Boxer.)
2. Our economic troubles aren't just Bush's fault. I think Clinton fucked up enough things to play into it as well (NAFTA?)
3. As for Obama, people expected the messiah out of the poor bastard. He took on the hardest job in the nation at one of it's toughest points, and no one here is willing to give him any slack for it.
4. Our government is broken.
5. Americans are by and large ignorant, impatient, and fat.
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