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.