Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Great Expectations...

My youngest brother is a missionary with Christ's Hope in Kenya. He reports a lot of native Kenyans are convinced their lives are going to get much better now that Barack Obama has been elected the next President of the United States. On the other side of the coin, I know a few people that are convinced the world is coming to an end now that Barack Obama has been elected the next President of the United States.

There's also a rush by a lot of people to buy firearms. Apparently they believe guns are going to become harder to get once Obama takes office. Given John McCain's less than stellar defense of our Second Amendment protections, I'm not sure how many of these same people would have went out purchased weapons had he won the election. Not near as many, I suspect.

Now, I don't know what's going to happen in Kenya, although I suspect the people there will be better off due to the efforts of people like my brother than because of the election of Barack Obama. And I'm not as giddy as the Obama supporters who view him as a savior, or as worried as the opponents who believe that policies as they envision them are going to change drastically.

I think we'll see the total amount of taxes that some people pay will increase, and the total amount of taxes that some people pay decrease. I think we'll see a different direction in how our tax dollars are redistributed, and I think we'll see a push for some expensive programs we can't afford to be added to the already existing expensive programs we can't afford. Hopefully most won't make it.

I also think in the next 4 years the Republican party will move to adopt a lot of the liberal policies that helped Barack Obama win the election, and in 4 or 8 years, the 4% of the voters that decide national elections will probably put another big government Republican in for President.

And after it all shakes out, the Libertarians that want a limited government will have a little bit bigger fight on their hands, a few more reasons to fight, and a few more allies in the fight.

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Blogger daltonsbriefs said...

I've been watching the Georgia Senatorial situation this week and asked the question on twitter:

Does the Georgia law requiring a runoff unless the candidate receives 50% plus one vote, help or hurt third party candidate? I've theorized that it may help, allowing some people to vote for their favorite third party candidate, but still feel that they can vote for the "better of two bads" candidate once it gets to runoff.


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