When one looks back at the year 2008, one can find events that both make one smile and make one frown. Some events might even make one laugh while other make one cry. We all like to preserve the good times and discard the bad times. 2009 has every opportunity to do that.
The first and most positive event to look forward to going into 2009 is that George W. Bush, inarguably the worst president in American history, ceases to be president just three short weeks from today. While he will still be the worst in history for some time to come, his ability to act as the decider guy for the USA will be gone. He will simply become a footnote in history. It cannot come too soon.
Also gone will be vice-president “Tricky Dick” Cheney. As the architect of the USA’s non-existent energy policy, set by Tricky Dick’s oil industry buddies, he must have been in his glory when gas spiked last summer at US$4.15 a gallon for regular gas. He’s also the guy who, after claiming six years ago that weapons of mass destruction were hidden under every rock in Iraq, stated four years ago that the Iraqi insurgency was “in its last throes”. You can read the news item HERE, as well as his prediction that the Iraqi war would be over before the end of Bush’s second term. For those following along at home, there’s three weeks left in Cheney’s window.
We also have every reason to believe that the economy will improve in 2009. After all, it has nowhere left to go but up. 2008 will be notable for the worst economic downturn since the great Depression of the 1930′s. It hearkens back to John McCain’s statement during the 2008 presidential campaign when he said the “the fundamentals of our economy are strong”.
In fairness, four hours later he said the economy was in crisis. Luckily, McCain’s only connection to the economy in 2009 will be his ability to spend a million dollars on jewelry for his wife, since both he and she are unimaginably wealthy. The more they spend, the better the economy will do. Since he no longer has to worry about financing a presidential campaign, he should have tons of cash to throw around at the yacht store.
Other good stuff is coming in 2009. Young-minded Barack Obama and a star-studded cast of advisers and staff are coming to Washington to address the neglect and abuse of the past eight years. While no one expects perfection, it may well seem like perfection to have a government that actually works for the good of the people.
However, remember that Obama is not perfect, as his initial choice for director of national intelligence demonstrates. John Brennan is purported to have been involved in the CIA’s secret prison and harsh interrogation techniques (torture) program, as you can read more about HERE. Although Brennan has denied support for such practices, Obama has since accepted (directed?) Brennan’s request to be removed from consideration for the post. This action alone demonstrates that the future president is not arrogantly stubborn, as his predecessor has been for the past eight years. That’s a refreshing change for 2009.
2009 will also see an absence of vice-presidential candidates demonstrating a total lack of understanding of anything beyond the borders of their resident state, while espousing the virtues and merits of shooting furry animals for sport, and claiming religious piousness while a daughter gets pregnant, probably as a result of the information (or lack thereof) that she learned (or didn’t learn) during forced “abstinence only” sex education.
For 2009, at least, the ex-vice-presidential candidate and human factory in question is no longer a national office candidate (other offices may apply, however), and that makes it likely that the rest of us will not have to endure embarrassing interviews with this person in 2009. However, before you throw another mooseburger on the “Bar-Bee”, be prepared for more exposure of this good looking Alaska governor who seems to think that after four short years of reading Newsweek, she’ll REALLY be ready this time`to challenge the sitting democratic president in 2012. After all, those winks are fun to watch, aren’t they?
For those who like the Clintons, the good news for 2009 is that they are not going away. Hillary Clinton will be the next US Secretary of State, while her husband Bill continues his Clinton Global Initiative.
This is a chance that 2009 will see a democratic victory in the longest senate election in history, occurring in Minnesota as this is written. At last count, Al Franken was leading incumbent republican senator Norm Coleman by fifty votes in an election recount with most of the 2,900,000 ballots cast recounted.
And even if Coleman somehow is able to retain his seat in the senate, the democrats will still have a 57 to 41 majority in the senate. While needing 60 votes to stop a republican filibuster on any issue, the chances are good that at least three republicans who are concerned about their reelections in 2010 will side with the dems on most issues. Something else to look forward to in 2009.
Finally, the year 2009, with all of its promise of improvement in the lives to the middle class, has one other thing going for it. China, the worst polluter of air and water on the planet, is realizing the need to curb its wanton destruction of the environment. It is launching programs to begin to control the massive amounts of greenhouse gases it produces through car exhausts and industrial plants, as well to reverse the chemical destruction of its water sources. And if a country such as China can learn to do such things, then so can every other nation on Earth.
We, the PEOPLE!! wishes every visitor to this blog hope, happiness and prosperity in the new year 2009. We’ll be here thoughout that self-same new year 2009 telling it like it is.
You can take THAT to the bank.