By John Sanford, Carolinian
Republicans have been getting sloppy in their domination. Those of you who know me remember how bad off I was after last year's election. In fact, it is still a bit painful to recall the excitement and optimism of Election Day as the early results promised a new chance for our country. Fortunately for my sanity, my Republican friends chose not to rub in the fact of their victories. I now realize why. They have no plan for their rule.
True, they have empowered the credit card companies against the middle class and opened up thousands of acres of public forests for a quick logging buck, something appreciated by their donors, while they continue to write blank checks for the war in Iraq. But, with the Administration controlling both chambers of Congress and keeping an ever-firm hand on the judicial branch, I think it is safe to assume that the (albeit narrow) Republican mandate could be used for something. Is the Glorious Leader so ashamed of his Social Security flop that nothing else important will be tried? The first Bush Jr. administration was pretty action packed. We tanked the Clinton economy, suffered on that cold day of September, invaded a mediocre dictatorship and allowed lead in the drinking water. That's more than most presidents ever dream of.
But what now that the whole capitol is ready to march in lock-step behind Bush? The news is dominated by the tragic but tabloid death of Terri Shiavo and endless rehashing of the Michael Jackson court case.