Wednesday, November 05, 2014
The following quote, taken from election commentary in the Wall Street Journal,
sums up the good news and the bad news regarding yesterday's election results,
The 2014 midterm campaigns were defined by voters' long-simmering frustration with the ability of elected officials in Washington to move the country forward. The economy was the top voter concern, with an overwhelming majority describing economic conditions as poor or "not so good.'' Health care was second on the list.The good news is that people still think their lives can and should be better, and think this can be achieved by better elected officials. The bad news -- and nothing will really change unless this does -- is that too many people see government as having an active role in bettering their lives, essentially by central planning. Until significant numbers of voters realize that central planning, by its very nature, constitutes the government doing the opposite of its proper job and thus getting in the way of prosperity, they will keep electing central planners, such as the President and Mitch "Repeal and Replace" McConnell.
By better than a two-to-one margin, more voters polled said the next generation would have a worse life than today's. Two-thirds said the U.S. had gone off track--more widespread negativity than in either the 2010 or 2012 elections. On Tuesday, many voters said they cast ballots more in opposition to one candidate than support for the other. [bold added]
P.S. I have already noted the political good news these election results might represent.