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Off the Editor’s Desk 11-16-2022

The Red Wave, nothing more than a splash!

Pollsters had made a prediction about the November eighth mid-term election that the Republicans would sweep out the old incumbents and turn the country Red with a big change in which party would lead the nation for the next two years.

But, after all was said and done, the Republicans may have taken control of the House. In the senate the Democrats have 50 and the Republicans have 49 seats with the Georgia senate seat up for a run off election next month.

As of Monday morning, the Republicans had 212 seats in the House and the Democrats had 203. To take control of the House, 218 seats are required.

To me, the voters of the United States turned their back on the current condition that the country is in and the high cost of goods and did not take control of congress away from the Democrats and voted to open the government check books to the masses.

The following is usually attributed to Alexander Fraser Tyler, a Scottish judge from a couple hundred years ago and sometimes it’s credited to Alexis de Tocqueville. It goes like this.

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the results that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”

As of Monday morning our national debt stood at $31,245,516,049,387 and climbing. That is something like almost $94,000 debt for each person in the United States, so are you ready to cough up that amount to cover your share? And, to make things worse on us who will be paying that debt from our income tax is that 40 percent of the households in the United States pay no federal income tax.

I guess that we have forgotten what President John F. Kennedy uttered in his Inaugural address. “Ask not what your country can do for you—Ask what you can do for your country.” By next week we should know the outcome of the election, but it makes me wonder, that with all the new electronic counting machines, the voter’s choice should be known within a few minutes of poll closing time. So we need to address the mail in ballots and absentee ballots for counting.

Thanks for reading!       ~Carlton

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