Monday, November 06, 2006

A thought on elections

While reading the wire today, I came across this line in a Howard Kurtz/Washington Post story about the impending election (and its predicted result, Democratic control of the House and possibly Senate):
"Divided government may or may not be good for the country, but it's great for the Fourth Estate."
He's right, of course, but I think the first clause is a cop-out.

Of course divided government is good for the country! Are you kidding? I'd even go so far as to say we'd be better off with a Congress that meets every two years (like, say, the Oregon Legislature does) than what we've got now. Congress has already found a way to stuff one year's work into several, so why not cut down the time for meddling and mischief even more?

I'm pretty sure the only people who would really be screwed if that happened would be people who get paid to hang around inside the Beltway (and only some of them), not the people whose lives are supposed to be made better by the work they do.

Grumble, grumble, grumble.

But on the bright side, the Cardinals did win the World Series!


lulu said...

The Cards winning the series is a good thing?????????? Not in my house.

Alasdair said...

Yeah, well, you're from a city that doesn't usually cheer on the Redbirds... I know it bugs the hell out of my uncle that I'm not a Cubs fan (and my grandma would probably rise from the dead if she knew - a lot of my mother's side lived in/live in Downers Grove and Naperville).

But I spent the portion of my childhood that determined my baseball allegiance in the state south of you, so there you have it...