Ross Mackenzie

If Obama was not on any ballot, public sentiment toward his policies definitely was. The voters gave a massive, emphatic thumbs-down. And in appraising the results, if Obama is not a good communicator, he is not a good listener, either. Or maybe he just doesn't get it.

He and Nancy and Harry are pressing on with making the Republicans' day. Let's see how the Democrats -- most notably Obama himself -- fare in 2012 campaigning on (a) higher taxes, (b) anti-growth tax policies, (c) even less stable exchange rates, (d) a $5 trillion annual budget $1 trillion in deficit, (e) open homosexuals in the military, and (f) an ObamaCare not kinder and gentler but meaner and tougher.

The Democratic lame-duckers ought to pass their appropriation bills and extend the Bush tax cuts across the board -- and get out of town.

Come January and the new year, when California and Illinois (etc.) may well follow Greece and Ireland (etc.) into bankruptcy, the augmented Republican cohort in Congress -- with a majority in the House -- will have its opportunity.

The Republicans might build on their anti-earmarks stance by regaining the public trust with pledges to -- e.g.: limited government, balanced budgets, capitalism and free markets, lower (and more understandable) taxes, term limits, an undiminished military, victory over islamofascism, secure borders, a stable dollar, and family first.

Republicans also might commit to measures requiring (1) that members of Congress be subject to every law now on the books or to every new law they pass. (2) That they may not participate in programs unavailable to the populace at large, such as the Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan. And (3) that they may not exempt themselves from any federal program covering the general citizenry -- such as Social Security and Medicare.

Oh, and -- to prevent the next Congress from going lame and getting stuck on stupid -- as author and New York state's former lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey suggests:

When John Boehner (becomes) January, he should introduce a bill providing that Congress will not meet between the November 2012 election and January 3, 2013. That simple change in the law will put the voters back where they always belong: in charge.

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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