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Do you look back or towards
the future at this time of year?

As 2016 comes to a close, are you the kind of person that looks back and remembers the year, or do you look forward to the new year? I like to look forward, and next year should give us some exciting moments. My New Year’s resolution is to not write about politics in 2017, unless there is really something to write about, besides just whining about the president. That gets old, real fast, just like listening to Republicans complain about the Democrats for the past 8 years.
I know there are a lot of upset people out there that don’t want to accept the fact that Donald Trump is going to be our next president. What I don’t want to see, or hear, is people complaining about his personality. I don’t mind people discussing policy issues but the personal attacks have to stop. Obama was called more names than Richard Nixon, but it didn’t solve one problem.
For those upset about the Electoral College, just view the election like a football game. Your team may have run, and/or passed, for more yards than your opponent, but if they score more points they win. The election was a lot like that. Democrats ran up a lot of yards, but couldn’t score enough points. Winning a lot of small states adds up, and the Republicans have figured that out. Democrats are still running the ball at midfield and not getting into the end zone. It may not seem fair, but those are the rules, and they aren’t going to change anytime soon.
When President Obama was elected, Republicans in the House pledged to stop him at any cost. The cost was that not much was accomplished for the 6 years that the Republicans were in charge of congress with a Democrat as president. Well, Republicans are in complete charge now, and they will have to put up or shut up. I’m hoping that Congress will stop the infighting and get something done. Democrats wanted to re-build roads and bridges in America, but because it was a Democrat’s idea, it went nowhere. Now, President Trump is saying the same thing and it will be a good idea, because it came from a Republican. Like I said, it is going to be interesting.
A good idea should be a good idea no matter which party says it first. The same can be said for bad ideas. No matter how much sugar you put on a bad idea, it is still leaves a bad taste in your mouth. I’m hoping that there will be more good ideas coming out of Washington, D.C. next year than bad ideas, but I am an eternal optimist.
Living in California we are pretty isolated from the rest of the country. To some people that is hard to take, but it is true that we are usually out front on progressive ideas whether it be seat belts or smog control. We are a little behind on marijuana laws, but we are catching up. Washington, D.C. is still treating marijuana like Heroin. Let us hope that the new administration will fix some of the antiquated drug laws, and call an end to the war on drugs.
We are in need of immigration reform, and now that one party is in charge, maybe the Republicans can come up with a workable plan. Same for balancing the budget, if history is any indication, the national debt will continue to grow under a Republican congress. There is always hope, but they will have to stop spending money like they have it.
The country seems to be split 50/50 and it is sad that people are afraid to sign their names to political letters to the editor, but running unsigned letters is a slippery slope that I don’t want to go down. Just look at the Internet and you’ll see what happens when people are allowed to post anonymously. I used to say believe 80 percent of what you see and 50 percent of what you read. Well, if you read it on the Internet, check the source or lower the percentage to zero.
Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

 

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