By the time this column is published we will know who the winner of the election is. By now Americans will be jubilant or remorseful as to the outcome of this historic election.
We will look forward with hope that the next four years will bring stability and peace to a country wrought by the damage of the past eight years on literally every issue one can name. For Republicans, maybe a hope that McCain will once again embrace the core pillars of conservatism, states’ rights, smaller, less intrusive government and fiscal conservatism. All three abandoned by the crop of Republicans that ran 14 of the last 16 years in Congress and the past eight years in the White House.
Of course they will try to blame the “do-nothing Congress” of the last two years for all the damage, which is a hard stretch as the GOP has filibustered 94 times in the last two years — the most for any Congress in history. This from the party that wanted to do away with the filibuster just two years ago. The Democrats will once again try to push for national health care, declare victory in Iraq and move the troops back into Afghanistan; all this in a time when any and all social programs are at risk due to the doubling of our debt. That’s still not counting the costs of Iraq and Afghanistan!
Either way, the fact is that in order to pay off the massive debt we need to raise taxes to where they were just eight years ago. Deal with it, America. Whomever you woke up with Wednesday morning you will have to learn to live with. In a sense, we are all now like young Levi, the baby daddy of the Palins’ daughter: Like it or not you have to marry up and live with your consequences. If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with!
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. "The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.