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2007 Wish List

Posted by David Keelan on Saturday, December 30, 2006

  • With the 2008 nominations of the two major parties presidential candidates likely to take up a great deal of media and blog attention I am hoping that we will see two candidates emerge early in the process.  However, that seems to be unlikely given that the dates of the nominating conventions are August and September 2008.

The 2008 Democratic National Convention will be held from Monday, August 25, through Thursday, August 28, 2008. The 2008 Republican National Convention will start just 4 days later, on September 1, 2008, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The candidates will have 2 months to get their messages out for the November 4, 2008 election.

My early favorites (this could change):  Bill Richardson (D) Governor of New Mexico and Rudy Guiliani (R).  Although I don’t believe either of them stand much of a chance in their respective primaries.  Richardson is too moderate to conservative and Guiliani is to moderate to liberal.  At this point I think I could vote for either one of them.

In the unlikely event they receive the nominations they won’t have a lot of time to swing back to their real positions on the issues.  It concerns me that in such a long primary process and short general election process we don’t get to know our candidates very well.

I will keep a close watch on the polls from David Wissing’s excellent blog www.hedgehogreport.com

  • Newt Gingrich runs for President.  Not that I want him to win but because we need to hear his message. 
  • Osama Bin Laden is captured or is proven to already be dead.
  • The Iraqi Government starts showing great progress in controlling their country’s destiny, military, police, and oil production.
  • Statements 43 and 45 don’t bankrupt the Howard County Budget (more on that later).  That is a bit tongue in cheek but it is a very big issue and one we should all become familiar with.  It has the potential to spark a lot of discussion, debate, and arguements.
  • We have a major energy breakthrough.  Remember this news story:  U.S. President George Bush said Monday evening that the nation is on the verge of technological breakthroughs related to energy that would “startle” most Americans, reports the Associated Press.
  • Ken Ulman picks up a couple of Chris Merdon’s innovative proposals such as tapping the methane in our landfills, convert our diesel fleet to biodiesel and go one step further – create incentives to build a biodiesel and ethenol plant(s) in Howard County (Dick Story HCEDA is working on it).  I also wish that Ken Ulman works with the school system to ensure every highschool student has a laptop computer and that the school curriculm is changed appropriately to make the best use of the laptop computers.
  • That I get in to Graduate School so I can begin studying for my MBA.
  • Health and Happiness for all
  • Best wishes for our newly elected public servants
  • That Howard County gets 10 additonal blogs.  Did you notice that we have had a proliferation of Howard County based blogs in 2006?  The Godfather of them all is David Wissing.  I don’t know who came next (Ian, Evan, or me).
  • That Ian’s blog awards are as entertaining as the 2006 awards
  • That we see a lot more discussion about the issues we face in 2007 and less about the people deciding the issues.
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One Response to “2007 Wish List”

  1. Dan Burdette said

    One of my wishes for the new year is that the new Congress will actually perform one of their jobs and conduct oversight hearings and enforce accountablity.

    Maybe we can recoup some of our tax dollars that have been spent by the 100,000 plus contractors making money in Iraq and the gross unaccountable use of money, without oversight, given to companies to clean up after Katrina.

    My other greatest wish is that our young men and women in Iraq will come home very, very soon so as few as possible die in this senseless war during 2007.

    One more wish is that Congress will prioritize future federal budgets so that more tax money is spent on health care and social security, for our children and grand children, and less is spent on warfare. Our $440 billion pentagon budget is more than the next 12 biggest national military budgets on the face of the earth, combined, 9 of whom are our allies.

    I also hope we will take the lead, as a Nation, to stop the exponential growth of global warming, before it’s too late.

    Happy New Year to all!

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