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The New, Improved Punch and Judy Show Begins

Written by Gary North on November 5, 2014

The media told us it would be close. It wasn’t. Now that the dust has settled, and gridlock is about to begin (as I reported here on October 17), the new script is being written.

The Wall Street Journal ran this headline: Businesses See Hope for Stalled Agenda After Midterm Elections. It was followed by this subhead: Corporate Taxes, Immigration, Trade and Energy Have Eluded Breakthroughs.

Indeed, they have eluded breakthroughs. And what, pray tell, heralds a change, now that the federal government is heading for two years of gridlock, posturing, and sound bites? This:

American businesses are hoping the dust will settle from Tuesday’s GOP takeover of Congress with new attention on corporate taxes, immigration, trade and energy, top priorities that have eluded breakthroughs in recent years.

A post-election landscape that includes a more sharply divided government is likely to lead to continued frustration over some items on businesses’ wish list. At the same time, a reshaped political landscape could lead Congress and the White House to seek legislative breakthroughs on some economic issues before the 2016 election season heats up.

This is bloviation. This is filling a screen with piffle. This is a vain attempt to get readers filled with hope. Hope sells subscriptions. Anyway, it increases site traffic.

The voters need to be entertained. They need to think Something Big Has Just Happened, and more important, Even Bigger Things Are About to Happen.

It is business as usual in Washington. Expect lots more of the same.

From now on, it will be Hillary, dillary, dock.

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13 thoughts on “The New, Improved Punch and Judy Show Begins

  1. So Sad but true, at the very least Republicans have stopped the dam from breaking America.

  2. Hopefully this will be a new beginning.

  3. Cliffystones says:

    For a minute, anyway.

  4. Phillip the Bruce says:

    Don't bet on it.

  5. All of the above scepticism is appropiate as the feckless, gutless GOP has demonstrated in the past their reluctance to use their POWER for good use. They are afraid of the state-run media and are chicken-sh^t when it comes to wheeling their power as has been evidenced in the past. They should and MUST stick it to the communists as the communists had done to them since 2008. I would have a spokesperson hold a news conference and essentially tell the Muslim-Marxist to stick that pen up his ass as we have become the eraser to all of his anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-freedom and most importantly UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS – but I assure you that they won't! They will continue to bend over backwards to accomodate the destruction of our country. I presume since the Muslim-Marxist has the majority of both houses that there will be a incident in the near future or maybe near his finish of finishing off AMERIKA that martial law will come into play!

  6. Remember the term "Hope and Change"? It was an empty promise made to people who believe marketing hype. All of the other promises made by that party, at least those which were quantifiable (keep your doctor, broadcast on CSPAN, transparent government, I'm a Constitutional Scholar, "promise to get to the bottom of this") are all provably false. So there is no change, and there probably won't be for the next two years, anyway. That's good, though. Change for its own sake is not good, not for a country that is using a 200+ year-old constitution.

  7. This election will be either a great opportunity or a bottomless trap. What it becomes is the choice of the Republicans in Congress. If they forge ahead, pass good legislation, and scream loud and long when Obama takes out his veto pen. If they bring their case to the public. If they select a Presidential candidate because he would be a good candidate and a better President and not select an old white fogy because it is his turn, they can become a great party and lead the country back from the abyss. Failing this, the next President will probably be a liberal woman, and the abyss will smile. See my blog at http://cranky-conservative.blogspot.com

  8. Well they have a majority, but not enough to over ride a veto so the ACA will be with us a while longer. At least if we can keep house and senate get GOP President. But let's see if they have the intestinal fortitude to confront him on issues like taxes, XL pipeline, securing the borders, sending money to countries that hate us, sending money and weapons to terrorists, etc. History has shown [no] but today is another day. If they fail this time we will end up with single party country like Detroit has

  9. arbitrary voter says:

    this means nothing more than slowing down the destruction of the United states of money printing. The pathetic 2 party system which is really a 1 party system, is aimed at erasing the constitution. This is just what these satan worshiping scum have planned for the fools who still think they have any say in ANYTHING. It is time to douche the ENTIRE District of Columbia, Starting at the top. Imprison these traitors or hang the treasous bastards on the highest tree. The time for this cleansing is long overdue

  10. As long as Bainer and Oconnel are in charge we will see very little accomplished they are RINIOS.

  11. Before getting overly euphoric regarding yesterday's Republican win (as if there was something to be euphoric about), consider that this is just the latest in a never-ending cycle. The Republicans won big this time, the Democrats the next, the Republicans the next … And so the merry-go-round goes.

    Why? Because the Constitution does not offer an immutable standard for a conservative continuum.. Instead, the late 1700 founders replaced God Almighty’s immutable moral standard and its government of, by, and for Him (as found in 1600 America) with their own capricious Enlightenment and Masonic concepts and their humanistic government of, by, and for the people.

    For more on these two antipodal systems, see online Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline….

  12. desierasmus says:

    Another view of the outcome: "Hooray. Now forget it and move on." http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2014/11/04/hooray-

    and another: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/11/04/bloodbath/?s
    Not all is rosy, of course. President Obama still has two years to work mischief, and he surely will do that. He won’t have Harry Reid to be his human shield in the Senate anymore, but he’ll figure out something. He’s a community organizer. They cannot and do not thrive in peaceful times. They need division to get whatever they want, and they know how to create division and exploit it. It’s what they do. Obama wants confrontation. He wants to hack the Constitution. His threat to grant sweeping amnesty says as much. He will get his confrontations. Will the Republicans be wise and shrewd when those conflicts come?

    And lest we forget, there are still the little matters of Russia, ISIS, Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the dangerous border, the economy and other actual threats and problems to deal with. The Democrats chose to ignore most of that to wage their “war on women.” The Republicans won’t have that luxury, and we can be sure that the media will hold Republicans to standards of effectiveness that the Democrats never get held to. That’s life with a biased, dishonest media.

    So while the Republicans have a new mandate to govern in the states and to rein Obama in in Washington, they have a fight on their hands too. It’s going to be an interesting two years.

  13. sort of like the marketing line we see again every year when the new model cars come out: ALL NEW . Wrll, not really. Four tyres on the ground, last year's door handles, the engine's meef fitted to the past ten years' worth of models…. there are some "new" things we'd be better off without: some cars now have no spare, and nowhere to put one. Or how about "THIRTEEN AIRBAGS" to replace which cost half what a new car does….. and we won't mention the extra weight hauled about… consuming fuel…

    indeed, "new" is not always better.