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    Default Good Morning - It's a Good Day to be a Republican!

    We take the house.

    We take the majority of the Governor's races.

    We turn state legislatures that haven't been Republican since the 1800's.

    The Senate would have been nice, but 3 out of 4 ain't bad.

    Now it's our turn to make change happen. Thank God.

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    I can now HOPE to get my CHANGE back! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPFDRum View Post
    I can now HOPE to get my CHANGE back! LOL
    It is changed and no refunds for the last two years!
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    Here is my predictions, just from watching the last 10 years of politics:

    We will not do very much, and a newly GOP controlled house will blame the previous Democrat controlled house and the mess inherited from 2 years of Obama as the reason.

    Despite all the rhetoric, health care reform will not get repealed. Even the hardcore Republicans in office will realize that you cannot get reelected on a platform of "I took health insurance coverage away from people with preexisting conditions and 25 year olds".

    Domestic surveillance will continue to expand.

    In 2 years there will be another shift back to the Democratic side.

    In 20 years people may finally realize that the two parties are more alike than they are different and we don't really have any choice at all. Democracy in the US is a farce.
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    Good point.

    Remember the "Contract with America"?
    Remember bulletproof George H.W. Bush sweeping Kuwait of Saddam...and then getting voted out over the economy?

    The American political system is all Janet Jackson: What have you done for me lately? Whoever is in charge gets voted out when things get bad, and if they fail to improve the problems that got them in, they get voted out too.

    The Tea Party is flavor of the month right now, and if they can't improve the things they've railed against during the campaign, they'll be old news in 2012.

    When a shift in power occurs like this, the only way to prevent another one in two years is if they actually DO SOMETHING with the power...

    ...and they rarely do.
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    Heck, and every time either party does manage to fix something, they just screw up something else in the process.
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    lets see if they can give departments the funding they ned and re instate laid of brothers? oh thats right its the republicans who causd the mess in the first place.!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeves1 View Post
    lets see if they can give departments the funding they ned and re instate laid of brothers? oh thats right its the republicans who causd the mess in the first place.!
    Departments should get the funding they need, from the people they serve.
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    The sun is shining today!

    I love how Obama and Co. are NOW talking about "working together" and "bipartisanship"....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusKspn View Post
    Here is my predictions, just from watching the last 10 years of politics:

    We will not do very much...
    "We" being those of your leftist obamarxist bent.


    Perhaps our resident socialists can explain how a state elects Jerry Brown (AGAIN), Babba Boxer, and Pelosi and against legalizing pot. They majority were obvoiusly inhaling at the polls perhaps they didn't understand the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    We take the house.

    We take the majority of the Governor's races.

    We turn state legislatures that haven't been Republican since the 1800's.

    The Senate would have been nice, but 3 out of 4 ain't bad.

    Now it's our turn to make change happen. Thank God.

    The Republican party didn't do diddly squat. Rove and his ilk are still yapping.

    Conservatives united and thru out a bunch of bums and totally repudiated Barry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neiowa View Post
    "We" being those of your leftist obamarxist bent.
    10th post, and the name calling begins.

    And for the record, I spoke of "we" as in "we Americans".

    No wonder we can't get anything done, irregardless of who is in power. We are to busy fighting each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusKspn View Post
    We are to busy fighting each other.
    I'm lost, you are definitly talking about the democrats now, right?

    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeves1 View Post
    lets see if they can give departments the funding they ned and re instate laid of brothers? oh thats right its the republicans who causd the mess in the first place.!
    An awfully naïve post. The weird thing is, is that up until January the state and city that I live in are all Democrat controlled.
    My department has been cut to the tune of five fire companies and nearly two hundred line positions, under democratic leadership. The same leadership has also enacted fiscal policies that are DRIVING, not pushing business and tax base away from this state.

    Sorry, sing the song somewhere else.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusKspn View Post
    Departments should get the funding they need, from the people they serve.
    Absolutely. I am not anti-tax, as I very much enjoy the quality of life in this country, and that takes money to support. However, until firefighting becomes a national issue (not including the DOD fire service) we need to redirect our tax money to the local level, rather than the Federal level.
    I would not mind at all paying more local taxes in exchange for fewer Federal taxation.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    The sun is shining today!

    I love how Obama and Co. are NOW talking about "working together" and "bipartisanship"....
    Hopefully this has been a huge wake up call for all politicians. It was only two years ago that there was sweeping “change” to knock the Republicans out of office. If these politicians haven’t learned, there will once again be sweeping change in 2012.
    I would like to think that the American voter has decided to become smarter and throw those out of office who don’t listen to them.
    Time will tell, but that is what I would like to think came out of all of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    I'm lost, you are definitly talking about the democrats now, right?

    Heck, it's a regular 4-way-free-for-all

    The ueber-leftwing Democrats are fighting with the moderate Democrats.

    The Tea-Party GOP is fighting with the traditional GOP.

    And while both parties are busy in-fighting they fling poo at each other.

    It's like a zoo in DC and in State Capitols across the nation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasper 45 View Post
    Hopefully this has been a huge wake up call for all politicians. It was only two years ago that there was sweeping “change” to knock the Republicans out of office. If these politicians haven’t learned, there will once again be sweeping change in 2012.
    I would like to think that the American voter has decided to become smarter and throw those out of office who don’t listen to them.
    Time will tell, but that is what I would like to think came out of all of this.
    Between the two "Big Democrat" in 2006 & 2008, and the Republican landslide this time around. The number of incumbents that have a long track record is dwindling. The electorate wants to see work getting done, and they want to see that their officials are listening to them.

    With so many new faces (serving 6 years or less) in 2012, they have to work very hard in the next 2 years to show that they can make a positive impact for the average voter. They won't be able to sit on a long laundry list of accomplishments from 10-20 years back to rely on. There is little loyalty now, and politicians have to earn their chance to get reelected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neiowa View Post
    "We" being those of your leftist obamarxist bent.


    Perhaps our resident socialists can explain how a state elects Jerry Brown (AGAIN), Babba Boxer, and Pelosi and against legalizing pot. They majority were obvoiusly inhaling at the polls perhaps they didn't understand the question.
    Because the alternatives were worse.
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    I love tea partiers. They are angry. Medicare, Social Security, crop subsidies, Every single one of them was that exceptional Republican who did protest the spending in the Bush years, and not one of them is the hypocrite who only took to the streets when a Democratic president launched an emergency stimulus program. The average Tea Partier is sincerely against government spending — with the exception of the money spent on them. In fact, their lack of embarrassment when it comes to collecting government largesse is key to undestanding the movement. I know a man who has an anti Obama bumpersticker on his car all the while being an executive for a construction company that has received almost $300M in contracts from the Stimulus Bill. Some of the staunchest anti big government and anti tax people I’ve met worked for the Boeing Corporation on government contracts.

    A key example is Rand Paul. Early in his campaign, Dr. Paul denounced Medicare as “socialized medicine.” But this spring, when confronted with the idea of reducing Medicare payments to doctors like himself — half of his patients are on Medicare — he balked. This candidate, a man ostensibly so against government power in all its forms that he wants to gut the Americans With Disabilities Act and abolish the departments of Education and Energy, was unwilling to reduce his own government compensation, for a very logical reason. “Physicians,” he said, “should be allowed to make a comfortable living.”

    I predict what few elements of the movement aren’t yet under the control of the Republican Party soon will be, and even if a few genuine Tea Party candidates sneak through, it’s only a matter of time before the uprising as a whole gets castrated, just like every grass roots movement does in this country. Its leaders will be bought off and sucked into the two-party bureaucracy, where its platform will be whittled down until the only things left are those that the GOP’s campaign contributors want anyway: top-bracket tax breaks, free trade and financial deregulation. The rest of it — the sweeping cuts to federal spending, the clampdown on bailouts, the rollback of Roe v. Wade — will die on the vine as one Tea Party leader after another gets seduced by the Republican Party and retrained for the revolutionary cause of voting down taxes for Goldman Sachs executives.

    So will those same tea partiers who are outraged over excessive spending be outraged when spending isn't curtailed? Will they hold those individuals accountable? What is the timeframe before they start frothing like they did days after the Stimulus Bill was enacted?

    They've been played for suckers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    We take the house.

    We take the majority of the Governor's races.

    We turn state legislatures that haven't been Republican since the 1800's.

    The Senate would have been nice, but 3 out of 4 ain't bad.

    Now it's our turn to make change happen. Thank God.
    You're funny. Don't change. Where was all the change when the GOP controlled congress for 12 years with six of those having a GOP in the White House.

    Now you want us to believe they've seen the light?

    How long will you wait until you hold them accountable for not getting rid of the programs (Social Security, Medicare, Prescription Drugs (passed by GOP) etc) you and the other tea partiers consider socialist?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scfire86 View Post
    I love tea partiers. They are angry. Medicare, Social Security, crop subsidies, Every single one of them was that exceptional Republican who did protest the spending in the Bush years, and not one of them is the hypocrite
    .........................I cut off just to save page space.......................
    Will they hold those individuals accountable? What is the timeframe before they start frothing like they did days after the Stimulus Bill was enacted?

    They've been played for suckers.
    Well put SC.

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    The American political system became screwed up when it went from a public servant position to a career. That probably happened, oh I don't know, around 1778.

    I hate this party this and that party that, my parties is the best and your party should be drawn and quartered.

    Whether anyone wants to admit it, the truth is we need all kinds of different parties, people and opinions in the government. We have seen what happens when there is a single force in charge in Washington. Our government was suppose to be designed so that that kind of situation could not occur. So first thing to do is fix that flaw. In the Houses we need moderates and extremist but they must balance each other out. If we had nothing but a bunch of extreme leftist or rightist in the government our society would crumble.

    As for the biggest point of this election, it boils down to jobs. I am not sure any party can fix this right now. Tax breaks for businesses will only work if there is a demand on those businesses to put facilities in the US. Stop giving tax breaks for reduced pollutions when the only thing the corporation did was shutdown the plant in the US and moved it to Korea. Sure that reduced pollutions but it is killing us in other ways.

    What we can do right now is keep a sharp eye on our newly elected politicians. If they screw up or do something that is not helping the country we need to let them know.

    We also can do one more thing as firefighters. If you buy a product for your FD, especially under an AFG, do everything you can to buy American.

    Oh yeah, BAN EARMARKS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusKspn View Post
    Departments should get the funding they need, from the people they serve.
    Quite true. SAFER and FIRE Act grants are stupid. Your local community should be the one paying for staffing, not me.

    Stop sucking at the tit of the Federal government, adding to the growing debt. Demand that your local elected officials do what they were elected to do.....act in the best interest of their citizenry - if that means taxes go up, then they go up.

    Stop passing the source of your funding up the governmental ladder. Why should I, in Massachusetts, pay for your staffing and equipment in Colorado, Florida, Missouri, or wherever?
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    Angry Budget Cuts

    I know how the Federal Government can cut two Billion dollars from the budget right today.
    Cancel Obama’s huge 10 day $200,000,000 a day junket to India with 40 airplanes, three helicopters, 6 limos and 3,000 people.
    Worst conspicuous consumption since King Louis XIV of France.
    Obama is breaking the back of the American Tax Payer.

    He is spending OUR money like a drunken sailor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donethat View Post
    I know how the Federal Government can cut two Billion dollars from the budget right today.
    Cancel Obama’s huge 10 day $200,000,000 a day junket to India with 40 airplanes, three helicopters, 6 limos and 3,000 people.
    Worst conspicuous consumption since King Louis XIV of France.
    Obama is breaking the back of the American Tax Payer.

    He is spending OUR money like a drunken sailor.
    You have something to prove this story? Or is this more blind hatred for Obama using a wildly exaggerated figure?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scfire86 View Post
    You have something to prove this story? Or is this more blind hatred for Obama using a wildly exaggerated figure?
    It's all over the internet, including references to it US, UK, and even Indian print media.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...ured-cars.html

    http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/us...ai-visit-64106

    I'll gladly eat crow if there's proof that shows this is an inaccurate figure.
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