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Saturday, November 08, 2014

THE ECONOMIST: " America after the mid-terms - Welcome back to Washington - Republicans have won a huge victory. Now they must learn to compromise - Nov 8th 2014 From the print edition"

This link. (With a nice lead image.)

Mr Obama cannot escape the humiliating verdict on his presidency. He campaigned in his home state of Illinois, for a Democratic governor running against a Republican who belongs to a wine club that costs over $100,000 to join. The oenophile won by five points.

Yet as Republicans toast their triumph, they should be careful not to over-interpret it. Their campaign did not offer voters much of a positive agenda; rather, it consisted largely of urging them to blame Mr Obama for all the trouble in the world. That was enough to secure victory, but does not give them a mandate to pursue a wishlist of conservative policies. Although more Americans than ever hold partisan views, a larger number are weary of gridlock and would prefer their representatives to compromise to get things done. For the voters to be satisfied, America will need to find new ways to run its politics.

Over the last few months Terry Hendriksen has been emailing me about Obama approval ratings being low; and I have discounted it in the belief Obama, while warmed-over Bush-lite to too distressing a degree, did as best as he could given Boehner and friends and their constant resort to putting sabots in the gearboxes of government.

Now, post-election, it appears enough people agreed with Hendriksen's assessment to bother with off-year election voting; while lukewarm regard for the directions taken vs. what might have been may have left progressives too coldly comforted to bother reaching the polls in large numbers.

Put another way, after Bush II was ending his last lame duck years with the economy in tatters there were citizens yearning for progress, among whom some level of disenchantment may have arisen, to the point of group therapy need; per the gist of an item emailed me.

Too many Dems may have stayed home, and will now be forced to watch. And in comparison to the Presidency that might have been we got the one that was. Stripped of illusions, the politician from Chicago ...

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

The economy was in taters when Clinton left office too..People are finally realising what it is like living in a progressive shit hole country.

Wes Volkenant said...

Anonymous continues to wear blinders - his/her blind hatred of all things Democrat and his/her's sanctimonious uplifting of all things Republican - is past grating.

No, the economy was not in tatters when Clinton left in early-2001.

It is true that after three-and-a-half extremely successful years, from early-1997 to mid-2000, the economy took a downturn that election year, and we moved into a mild recession until 2003. But, arguably, the Bush Administration choices on tax cuts were responsible for the lingering of that recession, and I don't think it's disputable at all that the Bush-Paulson choices of 2007-2008 then led to the economic calamity we term The Great Recession of 2008-2009.


I find that we live in a relatively-conservative society. I'm not sure what you consider to still be progressive, let alone calling this a shit-hole country.

Some people probably have that right - are you some poor bastard working three jobs to get your family enough money to pay the mortgage or the $1000+ per month rent? Are you one of the people whose employer(s) wouldn't provide health insurance, so you either went without or paid through the nose to have any type of preventative health coverage for yourself or for your family?

Are you using our highways to get to work - or are you using our mass transit system to get around? Do you like the park systems, the state forests, the protected waterways that this state provided its citizens?

There is so much good in this country - and a progressive sees so much more we should be doing. We think there should be affordable health care for everyone. We think everyone should be paid higher minimum wages - and an affordable wage for adult earners. We think the rich don't pay their fair share of personal income tax. We think higher education should be available and affordable to every person. We believe in public school educations and the state university and colleges, and believe in maximizing their funding and opportunities. We believe in collective bargaining rights, civil rights, gender rights, and racial equality.


Based on your comments throughout this site, I doubt this is your agenda, but since we have few of these things in place, I see us living a conservatively-set nation that's a pretty good place to live for those of us of the right racial features and financial status, but that could better for a lot of people, and could have a different set of standards and expectations of all of us.

Anonymous said...

The Obama administration had 42 months between the passage of Obamacare and the Oct. 1 rollout. In the 42 months between the attack on Pearl Harbor and victory In Europe, the United States deployed a 16 million-man military around the world, produced thousands of ships, tanks and airplanes, and advanced in Europe and the Pacific to produce the "absolute victory" FDR promised over Hitler. In 42 months the Obama administration couldn't build a functioning website.

eric zaetsch said...

Anon - The Obama Administration contracted out to private industry for design of the website; problems and all.

In contrast, the WW II effort was government coordinated and implemented with all of the private sector on board, pulling their weight.

In contrast, obstructionist elements in the Homeland during healthcare roll-out got in the way of things. Big time obstructionism, and still going.

That, in WW II times, would have been punished by shooting for treason.

Obstructionism came from two directions - from the Health-Industrial Complex, and from Republicans; with each group having candidates to line to the wall if efficiency is the only judgment.

And -- thanks for making the WW II argument that government can get things done efficiently if obstructionism is quelled.

That's a fine point to emphasize. Government works, if allowed to.

And don't forget, Franklin Roosevelt was a Democrat. Roosevelt won the war. Hoover and the Republicans caused the Depression.

Does that suggest something, especially in terms of the 2008 [Bush years] meltdown of the economy because Wall Street was greedily disadvantaging everybody else, and each other [e.g. Lehman, Bear Stearns, etc.].

Curb Wall Street, curb healthcare obstructionism against even marginal or incremental reform, and great things can happen.

Anonymous said...

Who the hell is Terry Hendriksen?

eric zaetsch said...

Anon - In asking, "Who the hell is Terry Hendriksen," you reflect a problem situation for Hendriksen, when he ran in the 2014 Ramsey primary election for the open at large seat. Too many people declined to find out the answer before they voted. I suppose others made the effort to find out, and then voted against him. Opinions differ. If you want a candid answer to your question, ask Pattiann Kurak. If not a sound or a reliable answer, and if time has not mellowed some feelings, expect a possibly more subjective than objective response.

Anonymous said...

A little research reveals who the man is - appears active in the court system. Good or bad, a little more research would be revealing but the voters likely got it right.

TERRY T. HENDRIKSEN vs. RAMSEY, CITY OF, A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION
02/15/1996

Anoka


Civil Other/Misc.

Converted Closed

71-S3-01-000012 TERRY HENDRIKSEN VS. ELK RIVER FORD & FORD MOTOR COMPANY
01/08/2001

Sherburne


Conciliation

Converted Closed

02-S1-01-000941 LUKE CONNOLLY vs. TERRY HENDRIKSEN
04/18/2001

Anoka


Conciliation

Closed-Physical File Destroyed

02-C7-02-009864 PATTIANN KURAK vs. TERRY HENDRIKSEN
10/22/2002

Anoka


Civil Other/Misc.

Converted Closed

62-C1-04-001358 NOW MICRO, INC. VS. ENTRPRISE COMMUNICATIONS, INC., ET AL [LEARY]
02/10/2004

Ramsey Civil

Leary, William H., III

Contract

Converted Closed

19-S9-04-003128 TERRY HENDRIKSEN et al. vs. FARM BUREAU INSURANCE et al.
02/18/2004

- Dakota-West St. Paul


Conciliation

Converted Closed

02-S0-06-001341 TERRY HENDRIKSEN VS NEW ADVENTURE PARTNERS & ANDY WESTERBERG
06/16/2006

Anoka


Conciliation

Converted Closed

02-S2-06-002202 TERRY HENDRIKSEN vs. TWIN CITY FEDERAL et al.
09/21/2006

Anoka


Conciliation

Converted Closed

02-S9-06-003038 TERRY HENDRIKSEN vs. CONNEXUS
12/26/2006

Anoka


Conciliation

Converted Closed

02-S0-07-000345 TERRY HENDRIKSEN vs. TWIN CITY FEDERAL DBA TCF
01/29/2007

Anoka


Conciliation

Closed

02-CV-07-2032 TERRY HENDRIKSEN vs Twin City Federal
05/30/2007

Anoka


Conciliation Appeal

Closed

02-CO-08-1048 Terry Hendriksen Jr. vs American Family Insurance
04/22/2008

Anoka


Conciliation

Closed

02-CV-09-4999 Terry Hendriksen vs Connexus Energy, Central Applicators, Inc.
06/29/2009

Anoka

Meslow,Douglas B. ,

Civil Other/Misc.

Closed

02-CO-09-2062 Terry Hendriksen vs VALVOLINE INSTANT OIL CHANGE
09/08/2009

Anoka


Conciliation

Closed

02-CV-10-1728 Terry Hendriksen vs Valvoline Instant Oil Change
03/05/2010

Anoka


Conciliation Appeal

Closed

02-CO-10-1015 TERRY HENDRIKSEN vs American Family Insurance
04/20/2010

Anoka


Conciliation

Closed

02-CO-10-1346 Terry Hendriksen vs Old Republic National Title Insurance CO
06/08/2010

Anoka


Conciliation

Closed

27-CO-10-9979 Terry Hendriksen vs Kevin Lyndel Bady, Thomas Bady
12/09/2010

- Hennepin Civil


Conciliation

Closed

02-CO-11-538 Terry Hendriksen vs State Farm Insurance, Jeff Thayer
03/23/2011

Anoka


Conciliation

Closed

02-CO-11-862 Terry Hendriksen vs Qwest
05/05/2011

Anoka


Conciliation

Closed

27-CO-11-3878 Terry Hendriksen vs Terri Milstein
05/20/2011

- Hennepin Civil


Conciliation

Closed

02-CV-11-4184 Terry Hendriksen vs State Farm Insurance, Jeff Thayer NOT BAS
06/14/2011

Anoka


Conciliation Appeal

Closed

02-CV-11-5055 Terry Hendriksen vs Qwest
07/26/2011

Anoka


Transcript Judgment

Closed

eric zaetsch said...

Anon - It is reassuring somebody cares. However, have you checked the court's files? (Before the courthouse sprung a leak?) I believe you'd see that as often as not, he won, because Justice with the blindfold, sword and scales was correct.

Moreover; if you have a claim and somebody declines to recognize it and remedy a situation, where else would YOU go besides the courthouse?

Duh?

As to not winning them all, some may have settled; and - Sometimes You're the Louisville Slugger, Sometimes the Ball. Disputes in court go like that.

Back to the voting - A wrong choice seems to me to have been made at the primary stage, and an associate of one primary survivor will tell you of an ultimate belief in a belief system I question; "God will Judge."

Anon, you will judge too, but you are not omniscient.

Also Anon - Happy Holidays to you and all; be it at Thomaswood, Connexus, elsewhere in Ramsey, at an insurance company, or wherever else you may be.

And remember, good things happen to those who seek their just rewards.

eric zaetsch said...

Terry Hendriksen emailed a response to having a litigation log anonymously submitted; that text being next, between the dotted lines:

....................
I have a long history of fighting against injustice when I see it. Life would be easier on me individually if that were not so but it is. Like John Haubrich now deceased. Ramsey wanted to force him to subsidize the development costs of his neighbors. The charter amendment I wrote saved him and others from injustice and it now protects everyone in Ramsey from Ramsey overreach.

My steadfast comments to the NTSB resulted in a national recall over a Datsun defect in their (now called Nisan) automobiles. That national recall stopped an uncontrolled acceleration problem and undoubtedly saved lives. Although frequently solicited to testify (for money) in trials across the country, what I knew about the defect, and the efforts Datsun made to cover it up. I chose to provide consulting without charge and not to appear in court or accept payment.

Some of the litigation listed in a negative way was initiated by others. Some to get people to pay their bills or to meet their business commitments to my company. Others were against the telephone company, Connexus, Ramsey, TCF bank, Ford, a local title insurance company and others who were penalized for their wrongdoing or chose to rectify their wrongdoing. You may have benefited from the deterrent effect my efforts had on future wrongdoing. The vast majority of cases were resolved in my favor.

You can sit and complain about bad things when they happen to you in life or confront wrongdoing when you see it. If people and companies are held accountable for their wrongdoing everyone benefits.
....................

Hendriksen dislikes and refuses to use the Blogger interface. He, instead, emails comment submissions, which is why I publish his stuff by quoting.

eric zaetsch said...

More to say:

First, I apologize to Wes Volkenant for my not moving his comment out of moderation sooner. Procrastination or insufficient attention is no excuse. His item is now in place on this comment thread timeline.

FOLLOWING UP: In his Crabgrass commenting, Wes Volkenant has always been unafraid to put his name to his thoughts. In referencing the opening anonymous comment Volkenant wrote, "Based on your comments throughout this site, ..." thus highlighting that a problem with anonymous submissions is in really not knowing what commentary is from the same or different individuals.

Wes, Randy Backous, and a commenter named Ryan (where I do not have his last name), each (like Terry Hendriksen), submit their comments only while identifying themselves.

That is an admirable step for showing continuity or inconsistency of belief system expression over multiple comments. Moreover, it shows the courage to put one's name on the line; whatever the comment statement may include.

NEXT: The short but on point anonymous comment opening this thread was sufficiently on point and not gratuitously ill-intended or mean, to be published.

Some may wish I'd allow wholly open commentary.

At first I did, but that did not work. I quickly got tired of the "go fuck yourself" genre adding nothing to discourse; and switched to comment moderation.

Unhelpful gratuitously off-point stuff continues to be submitted, but stays in the moderation queue.

Respect, however, is due to the right to maintain anonymity, with publication of the opening on-point item evidencing an attempt toward a balanced approach to comment moderation.

NEXT: Still in the moderation queue is an anonymous item whose author will recognize its beginning, ""God will judge Randy Backous, ...".

That item was submitted by one declining to identify who [s]he is, while being critical of Randy Backous to the point of appearing to me to be abusive off-point diatribe.

I invite this particular "critic" to email me that same comment, (or a modified version), putting a name to any/all direct anti-Backous contentions, and we can go from there.

I respect Randy, and he deserves that his critics identify themselves when they get personal. That is said with the understanding Crabgrass posts have gotten personal, yet, always everyone knew who spoke; with it easy to serve papers if anyone felt defamed.

LAST: I have disclosed more than once that Terry Hendriksen has been a friend of mine since the first election after I moved to Minnesota, (that being the 2000 election if I remember correctly). That disclosure matters because friendship affects my regard for him in ways readers may weigh in judging my thoughts and his.

Political views between Hendriksen and me differ. He is between the traditional liberal-Republican highly pro-business but secular belief set [aka "Rockefeller Republican"], and the Goldwater-like belief in shrinking government's costs and its reach, a view akin to libertarianism and/or "Liberty Republicanism" (to use current terminology); while I favor moving somewhat leftward from Paul Wellstone - Elizabeth Warren outlooks. I believe Hendriksen is less close to Jesus than, say, Mary Kiffmeyer, (something I expect the Kiffmeyer spouses might ill regard but which I see as a strength of liberalitarian - "Liberty Republican" belief).

Hendriksen befriended my family via rendering help after they had a late night auto accident miles from Ramsey, while then only a remote family acquaintance. To me, such a character aspect shown toward others outweighs political disagreement. Added to that I got to know and respect Hendriksen's sense of justice better when he was subjected on the eve of the 2000 election to what I still believe was a vile and vindictive SLAPP suit, filed and served while he was a candidate for reelection to Ramsey's council.

In sum, political differences aside, Hendriksen is a gentleman.

That wraps things up for now.

eric zaetsch said...

Worth mentioning, I credit Matt Look also on the occasions he submitted commentary, for always identifying himself as the commenter. I noticed and am correcting error in omitting his name while listing others that way in the prior item.