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Steve Lunetta: Riding on the winds of change

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Posted: January 24, 2010 9:48 p.m.
Updated: January 25, 2010 4:55 a.m.
"In a few moments, I'm going to talk to you about a new product that will change your life."

"After a short commercial break, we'll tell you about the toxic material in your home."

"Next hour, you'll hear about our sure-fire picks for the stock market in 2010."

"Republican Scott Brown wins Ted Kennedy's old senate seat in Massachusetts."

What do all those statements have in common? They are all statements of foreshadowing. They tell of the future and things to come. They are also "hooks" to get you to listen or watch the next segment.

The "new product" and "toxic material" statements use consumerism and fear to capture an audience. This also guarantees the sponsor's message will be heard for maximum impact.

The stock market prediction falls into the same category but uses greed as the incentive. Most of the time, greed is good and is the engine for economic success and development.

However, the loss of the Kennedy seat in a heavily Democratic state is tantamount to a tsunami. The future repercussions are astounding.

First, the super-majority of 60/40 the Democrats enjoyed in the Senate has been destroyed. I had to look this one up.

Called cloture, a three-fifths majority is required to end debate on a topic, according to Senate Rule XXII.

I'm sure this is a typographical error. Jefferson or Madison or whoever must have meant to write closure but screwed it up.

The loss of the super majority means the Republicans can filibuster with no way to be interrupted. This has dire consequences for the badly flawed national health care legislation many believe will bankrupt our nation.

We're going to need some good reading material for the Senate floor. I have already sent my old copy of "War and Peace" to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. He might like "Lord of the Rings," too. All three books. I hope he can pronounce all those elvish names in "Return of the King."

Second, and more importantly, this shows an astounding shift in our nation toward common sense. Let's face it, the Democrats have done nothing but make a big mess even bigger since they took control of Washington.

The deficit expanded under President George W. Bush, averaging around 35 to 40 percent of Gross Domestic Product, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Under President Barack Obama, the deficit as a percentage of GDP will rise from 59.9 percent in 2009 to an astounding estimated 70.1 percent in 2011. Some believe this number may reach or exceed 100 percent in the following years.

Folks, our nation cannot support this level of spending. With interest factored in, the actual national debt will grow faster than our ability to pay, bankrupting our nation and plunging us into far deeper financial chaos than we saw last year.

The truly remarkable thing is that the Democrats still don't get it. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., said: "We need a jobs bill. We need short-term, focused strategies to create jobs, real fast."

Hey, Casey, we don't need more government spending to create more temporary, short-term jobs. The government must cut spending and reduce taxes. This will cause businesses to expand and invest, creating new jobs that will be far more durable than Democratic make-work initiatives.

Good old Nancy Pelosi remarked about the result from Massachusetts: "We will move forward with their considerations in mind, but we will move forward."

Loosely translated: Pelosi said the will of the people is fine, but, "we'll do whatever we want and the voters can pound sand."

This arrogance is startling. The Democrats and their paternalistic "I know what is best for you" attitude is now completely on display.

And the American people aren't digging it.

It is very possible the November elections may cause a monumental shift back to conservative principles and ideals.

The experiment with "Hope and Change" may be very close to an end. Sensing their political fortunes changing, some Democratic legislators, speaking under condition of anonymity to the Associated Press, said they feel that the White House is more concerned with re-election in 2012 than helping the rest of the party this year.

If true, the schism forming in the Democratic Party could compound the mounting frustration and anger growing in our nation. All of which spells an end to misguided liberal politics in the near future.

I love foreshadowing!

Steve Lunetta is a Santa Clarita resident. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Right About Now" runs Mondays in The Signal.


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