Opinion

So now were in the short rows

We finalize this election, which has been ongoing
for some time due to the rising popularity of
absentee ballots.
Which means when the pundits say, If the election were today, the Democrats would retake the U.S. House and maybe the Senate, although the Senate could wind up with a tie, that result may already have been cinched. Maybe not. It depends on what happens in the final days before the final day, Nov. 7, and how many people prefer to vote in person or at the last minute in case something happens to change their minds.
Democrats have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at the Republicans, who deserved much of it. I too have been disappointed in the GOPs larding up the appropriations bills and President Bushs failure to veto the pork, although the Ds have done it for years and gotten away with it and will keep on doing it if they win.
Our leaders, R and D, recognize that a member of Congress often rises or falls on what goodies he or she brings home, so they just sign off on it.
I also have been disappointed in the failure of the Bush administration to do anything about the illegal alien situation short of starting a fence to keep more from coming in. But a Democratic president and Congress would do the same. Its politics. The Rs want the illegals to please employers who hire them. The Ds want them because they are considered D votes or prospective D votes.
Anyway, Im not that sure the Ds will take over.
Interesting to see that the two biggest newspapers in the state split over the U.S. Senate race, although both are liberal sheets. The Seattle Times chose to endorse Republican Mike McGavick over Democrat Maria Cantwell, citing her lack of leadership, although it failed to mention she was rated 93rd for the same out of 100 senators in a recent nonpartisan survey. McGavicks rescue of a drowning Safeco Corporation did the trick for him.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer stuck with Cantwell as the candidate for a real change in course, which means shes a Democrat. I think shell pull it out although shes getting nervous enough about it to fall back on I was the first in my family to graduate from college that her mother used to get her elected in 2000. That hit a lot of people in the gut, and maybe Dino Rossi should have used it in his race because it applied to him too.
I dont think there will be any change in the congressional delegation. The Rep. Dave Reichert-Darcy Burner is the hot one but I think the voters prefer the sheriff.
Initiative 933 has generated yards and yards of copy over whether it is a way to keep government from making public use of your land without paying you for it or it is the ticket to giving developers a free hand and costing the state (we taxpayers) billions. I voted for it because I dont believe the scare tactics which government has used in the past to dictate non-use by you of your property while still collecting taxes on it.
I also voted for I-920, repealing the estate or death tax. Those million dollar thresholds sound out of reach of most people but they make a difference to small and medium sized businesses whose inventory, property and equipment reach them in no time.
I-937 is the greenies measure. It requires utilities to have 15 percent of their energy generation coming from renewable sources such as wind power. Im a no. What we ought to be doing is drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska on a site comparable to a postage stamp on a football field, which Cantwell has fought.
Will the initiatives pass? I dont think so. Were too red a state.

Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69, Hansville, WA 98340

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