Only three days into 2012, news hawks and pundits alike are making conclusions about the November election. Democrats and Republicans are both smelling victory. But the cynics are not as optimistic.
Before the first primary election, Republican candidates are either dropping out, thinking about dropping out, or hoping the other guy will drop out. There's also been a season-long criticism that there is not one breakout candidate. Of the seven or eight candidates who started out, most did seem very well-qualified. And if we use the standard of how we are measuring our current president, we could do a lot worse.
After a dozen or so Republican debates, we thought we had heard enough to make a decision on who should be our next Republican nominee for the office of the presidency of the United States. However, the debates keep coming.
The Democrats are sitting back and laughing. Rightfully so? I don't think so. The Democrats are sitting back and salivating as the Republican candidates begin to take some swipes at each other hoping they will implode. The debate cycle has also been described as a circular firing squad. Many have repeated what has become known as Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment-did not speak ill of another Republican. They knew the shots were coming. They had to. No one would know what would speak separating the candidates if they did not come out and answer questions.
What is going on in Wisconsin? First, the Brewers were supposed to win it all this year. They didn't make it to the World Series. How about the Wisconsin Badgers? They lost in the Rose Bowl for the second year in a row. And last weekend, the Green Bay Packers gave everyone in the state to sour stomach. They had a championship caliber season and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
But the real debacle in Wisconsin is what is going on politically. Yes, the state budget is being balanced on the back of the state workers. You're being asked to pay hundreds of dollars per paycheck that they have not paid in many years. And a big change like that is certainly hard to get used to. But, let's not lose sight of the fact that taxes are not going up. Unfortunately, the tax-and-spend liberals cannot accept that as reality.