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End of Days

This crazy ride we call election season is almost over, but can we count on anything really changing when it's done?

What’s that old saying?

“If you can’t say anything nice, write a political ad?”

Actually, I’ve been silent for these lo weeks because I really didn’t have much nice or constructive to say about the upcoming election.

But as we’ve come closer to the day (Thank your deity here), it’s become clearer and clearer that the result of Tuesday will be … absolutely nothing.

It’s not going to matter who wins in the final votes. It doesn’t matter which controversial proposition is approved by voters. In the end, half of us will continue to distrust the other half, characterizing those on the right as “rich-only-in-it-for-themselves-pseudo-racists” and the folks on the left as “hippie-heal-the-world-wealth-distributing-socialists.”

And for all the hatred, lies, exaggerations and outright distractions, we’ll still be faced with the same problems we had before: No one willing to work with the other because they’re afraid of the consequences of being labeled a traitor to the cause.

Look at the hell Chris Christie caught this week as he praised the efforts of President Barack Obama in response to Hurricane Sandy. He didn’t do anything more than say that the President had come to the aid of his state, and was working to help. And yet, there’s Rupert Murdoch threatening him on Twitter that if Mitt Romney loses the election, it’ll be his fault.

Sigh.

This election has taken a heavy emotional toll on so many of us. It has been so negative. Nearly every ad – whether on my TV, on my radio or stuffed in my mailbox (and there’s been a lot of those) – is negative. Republicans attacking Democrats. Democrats attacking Republicans. Democrats attacking Democrats. Republicans attacking Republicans. No one wants to be seen as soft, so they attack, attack, attack.

And that’s not even counting the never-ending blitz of ads for California’s endless supply of propositions. Every one of them is predicting the end of the world if it is or is not passed.

My absolute favorite ones are the ones that are attacking the unions, and how they’re the cause of this mess. Yes, let’s blame the unions. The teachers, civil servants and workers who are just looking to get the most they can while they can … those people?

It’s funny, when a corporate CEO gets the most he can, including multi-million dollar parachute buyouts after failing; it’s just the cost of doing business. But the people who teach our students, make sure fires are put out and work to put food in the stores, they’re greedy for trying to protect their pensions.

Look, I understand the cynicism and anger toward Proposition 30 and federal health care reform. No one wants to see more of their money going to the government.

But the truth of the matter is, we’re already paying for much of these programs in different ways.

I think back to this past summer, and “Papa” John Schnatter claiming pizza prices would go up 14 cents to comply with the federal health care mandate that Romney wants to repeal. Fourteen whole cents for that kid making your pizza to get that cough or infected sore checked out? A bargain.

And how much are you already paying to help your child’s school. My son started school this year, and the fundraisers are non-stop. We have weekly smoothie drives, a jog-a-thon, donations sought to go on their first field trip (including a fee for me to drive myself to go volunteer at the event). Oh, and there’s the pressure from the school for students to make up absences by going to school on Saturday. Because the schools need to squeeze every penny of that average daily attendance funding.

Yeah, I know. I’m being flippant. These are serious issues that are going to affect generations to come, including my son. And I’m just another one of those Huff-Post-liberal-biased-media-member. Save your virtual breath.

In actuality, I’m just a beaten-down-half-shell of a man who’s tired of watching his country explode in a partisan battle of semantics.

So, go vote Tuesday. Maybe it’ll help this time. Not holding my breath.

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Gregory Brittain November 10, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Part 3 The Dems and MSM effectively blamed Bush for the 2008 recession. They have various explanations, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, deficits, lax regulation, income tax cuts in 2003. That is all economic non sense. There was no financial deregulation under Bush. The deficits were nowhere near what they are under Obama. In 2006 or 2007, the last budget adopted by the Rep Congress, the deficit was ~$160B with the same tax rates and the two wars. Spending on the military does not increase the deficit or debt many more than spending on other government programs. Government spending under Obama is much higher in dollar and GDP %. The primary reason for the 2008 recession was the Dems’ policy of forcing banks to make loans to people who could not afford to pay the loans back and using Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to sell the loans and mortgage securities. When the housing bubble burst, we saw the results. Unfortunately, Bush and other Reps did not immediately and continuously push back on the Dems’ and MSM’s narrative. Exit polls show many people still blame Bush for the economy.
92595 November 10, 2012 at 09:02 AM
I do not share julian's point of view. All I have is anxiety over Obama's reelection.
Antonio November 10, 2012 at 04:25 PM
You have a serious case of denial about the GW Bush presidency. Eminent economists and stock traders I see you on CNBC and Bloomberg television attribute the "Great Recession" to lax regulation of financial and housing markets under GW Bush. GW Bush, thru 3 tax cuts, 2 wars and recession added $6.7 trillion to the national debt. When Barack Obama took office in 2009 he couldn't immediately stop the spending on the wars or restore the tax cuts. He also needed to stimulate the economy so we didn't end up in a "Depression." Get real.
Carl Petersen III November 11, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Gregory, you have problems with a credibility gap: Gregory Brittain 10:15 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 "It is almost a foregone conclusion that the Obama administration will bomb somebody in Libya this weekend, even if it is a herd of goats." That quote was from POLL: Who Won Round 3 Of The Presidential Debate? Did I miss it?
Carl Petersen III November 11, 2012 at 03:59 PM
What party was the last Governor from?
Carl Petersen III November 11, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Gregory Brittain 12:43 am on Saturday, November 10, 2012 "The primary reason for the 2008 recession was the Dems’ policy of forcing banks to make loans to people who could not afford to pay the loans back" Just how did they do this. Wasn't it Bush II who said that this should be a home ownership society?
Antonio November 11, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Gregory Brittain provides reasons why the GW Bush administration contributed mightily to the deficit and "Great Recession" then dismisses them out of hand. I don't get it. Greg attend a college course in logic or political science. Go beyond that high school degree and set yourself free.
Bopifas November 11, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Please don't feed the trolls. It should be clear to everyone that Gregory Brittain is always right and will battle to the death to prove it. There’s no point in trying to fight him. If he can’t back something up with reality, he’ll make something up, just to show you how wrong you are. He is a never-give-up, never surrender troll with a dash of expert troll. It's clear he knows everything about everything and loves to share his knowledge. He’s a lawyer, an economist, a senator, a historian, a visionary. So please do the responsible thing and don't feed the troll.
Gregory Brittain November 11, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Typically Lefty, you can't argue against Conservative principles and you can't refute our facts, so you resort to the standard Lefty debate tactic of name calling.
Gregory Brittain November 11, 2012 at 08:17 PM
The evidence is there for anyone willing to look. “The decision by Fannie and Freddie to embrace no-doc lending in 2004 opened the floodgates of bad credit. In 2003, for example, total subprime and Alt-A mortgage originations were $395 billion. In 2004, they rose to $715 billion. By 2006, they were more than $1 trillion.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903927204576574433454435452.html “I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing.” Barney Frank See “What They Said About Fan and Fred” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122290574391296381.html “Seventeen. That's how many times, according to this White House statement (hat tip Gateway Pundit), that the Bush administration has called for tighter regulation of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.” http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/barone/2008/10/06/democrats-were-wrong-on-fannie-mae-and-freddie-mac “Media Repeat Obama's Big Lie About Mortgage Crisis http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/041112-607389-new-evidence-shows-credit-quotas-caused-crisis.htm?p=full
Antonio November 11, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I have subscribed to IBD and the owner is right wing, anti-obama. Try more mainstream sources. Greg, I get you "hurray for our side."
Toni McAllister (Editor) November 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Thanks for sharing the links Gregory. I think they add to the conversation. But I do want to be clear for readers that the links you provided are opinion pieces, not objective reporting. The Wall Street Journal, US News, and IBD clearly tagged them as such, but I just want to point that out. Also want to point out that on Patch anything tagged as Local Voices, Opinion, Blog, and/or Letter to the Editor is also opinion, not objective reporting.
Gregory Brittain November 11, 2012 at 11:06 PM
MSMs are "left wing" pro Obama. How would the MSM cover Benghazi or the slow response to Hurricane Sandy if there was Rep president?
Mike B. November 12, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Try talking like a regular person, Brittain, and put forth balanced facts and not biased ones from those who share your opinion. Such as your link about Obama "shutting down" drilling. Nothing was shut down, for nothing had ever even been built or drilled there, and oil wasn't even proven to be there yet. This was just some federal land that during Bush's time got put on a list for possible exploration/drilling. Obama simply removed it from the list. Its not like oil had been positively found, drills and equipment were installed, and Obama just said stop. Try stating the actual facts without overblown exaggeration, from more reliable sources, and you will be listened to more. Or fill up every blog with a thousand comments/links, making us all wonder just when you manage to fit in clients. Your choice.
SBSWZ November 12, 2012 at 01:17 AM
benghazi? sandy? unemployment 8%...broken promise? "more flexibility" after election? debt... "it's for the kids" ....
Gregory Brittain November 12, 2012 at 04:45 AM
The point of leasing Federal land for energy development is to develop the energy resources there. If private companies are willing to spend their money to developing the energy resources, that's a good sign. Obama claimed he for developing America's energy resources. Then 2 days after the election, closed 1.6 million more acres to energy development. Why did he wait until after the election? resources.
Gregory Brittain November 12, 2012 at 08:09 AM
“The Hard Fiscal Facts” “The nearby table lays out the ugly details. The feds rolled up another $1.1 trillion deficit for the year that ended September 30, which was the biggest deficit since World War II, except for each of the previous three years. President Obama can now proudly claim the four largest deficits in modern history. As a share of GDP, the deficit fell to 7% last year, which was still above any single year of the Reagan Presidency, or any other year since Truman worked in the Oval Office.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323894704578113033115035920.html?mod=opinion_newsreel “Even if Mr. Obama were to bludgeon Republicans into giving him all of the tax-rate increases he wants, the Joint Tax Committee estimates this would yield only $82 billion a year in extra revenue. But if growth is slower as a result of the higher tax rates, then the revenue will be lower too. So after Mr. Obama has humiliated House Republicans and punished the affluent for the sheer joy of it, he would still have a deficit of $1 trillion.” BTW, the chart shows in fiscal 2007, the deficit was $161B, 1.2% of GDP. That was with two wars and the same tax rates as now. In fiscal 2008, the deficit was $459B, 3.2% of GDP. “I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine
Carl Petersen III November 12, 2012 at 04:11 PM
These links also do not explain how the Democrats forced private banks to make bad loans or how they managed to change the regulations with a Republican sitting in the Presidency.
Carl Petersen III November 12, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Once again you use an opinion piece to make your point. Do you realize the difference between news and opinion? Despite what it says in the Conservative bubble, it is not a law of nature (or economics) that raising taxes will decrease revenues. If you need proof, see the Clinton years. He raised taxes, had a budget with a surplus and had a booming economy. What did Bush do with that surplus? There are also some flaws in your analysis of fiscal 2007. First, taxes have been reduced under Obama. As a compromise to the Republicans, Obama included these tax cuts as a big part of the infamous stimulus package. Second, there is one proven thing that cuts revenue to the Federal government and that is a down economy. The economy really started crashing in late 2008.
Gregory Brittain November 13, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Don’t say we didn’t warn you, #5 “Kathy Bostjancic, director of Macroeconomic Analysis for the Conference Board, said bluntly, ‘We're going to get downgraded.’” http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/09/State-Dept-Briefs-Foreign-Reporters-On-U-S-Economy-We-re-Going-To-Get-Downgraded
Gregory Brittain November 13, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Don’t say we didn’t warn you, #4 “Democratic leaders in the Assembly and Senate, where neither party has held a two-thirds majority in both chambers since 1933, say they don’t intend to use their new power to raise taxes. They say they want to change the code to bring in more revenue, such as by applying the sales tax to more services.” Let’s read that again. “They don’t intend to use their new power to raise taxes. They say they want to change the code to bring in more revenue, such as by applying the sales tax to more services.” But don’t worry, Brown promises prudence. http://www.newsmax.com/US/BBEXCLUDE-BGVTTOP-BIZNEWS-BLCPOLSTL/2012/11/12/id/463740
Antonio November 13, 2012 at 03:39 AM
What's your point? That democrats are trying to manage the government? Reagan raised taxes when it became apparent more revenue was needed. Schwarzenegger, dumped the vehicle license supplemental fee and blew a $4billion hole in the State budget and papered over the deficits for years and recently said his decision on the VLF was a big mistake. Governments raise and lower taxes to manage the government revenue stream. Your ideology is overwhelming your common sense. You need to talk with someone.
Roberto November 13, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I believe this woman deserves our sympathy and respect....PHOENIX - An Arizona woman, in despair at the re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama, ran down her husband with the family car in suburban Phoenix on Saturday because he failed to vote in the election, police said on Monday. Holly Solomon, 28, was arrested after running over husband Daniel Solomon following a wild chase that left him pinned underneath the vehicle. Daniel Solomon, 36, was in critical condition at a local hospital, but is expected to survive, Gilbert police spokesman Sergeant Jesse Sanger said. Police said Daniel Solomon told them his wife became angry over his "lack of voter participation" in last Tuesday's presidential election and believed her family would face hardship as a result of Obama winning another term. Witnesses reported the argument broke out on Saturday morning in a parking lot and escalated. Mrs Solomon then chased her husband around the lot with the car, yelling at him as he tried to hide behind a light pole, police said. He was struck after attempting to flee to a nearby street. Obama won the national election with 332 electoral votes compared with 206 for Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Arizona's 11 electoral votes were won by Romney.
Carl Petersen III November 13, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Great, Schwarzenegger now admits that dumping the VLF was a mistake. He became Governor over that fee!
Carl Petersen III November 13, 2012 at 03:08 PM
One more vote and Romney could have won Arizona!
snoopy November 13, 2012 at 08:14 PM
No matter who is president Jesus is king And with that I am going to have a beautiful day. You do the same Carol
Carl Petersen III November 13, 2012 at 09:59 PM
snoopy 12:14 pm on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 "No matter who is president Jesus is king" Not of the United States. The Constitution guarantees us a separation of church and state. You should read it some time.
snoopy November 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM
You don't understand Carol which is sad in a big way. Jesus is King of Kings and Lord Of Lords, no matter who is president he will always be King, even if you don,t believe Carol. The US means nothing compared to eternity, how sad to be you.
Carl Petersen III November 14, 2012 at 04:48 AM
snoopy 2:07 pm on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 "You don't understand Carol which is sad in a big way. Jesus is King of Kings and Lord Of Lords, no matter who is president he will always be King, even if you don,t believe Carol. The US means nothing compared to eternity, how sad to be you." I am glad that you are happy within your belief structure as I am happy with my lack of belief. Not sure how any of this fits into the discussion.
Hobie November 28, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Hear Hear!

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