Our new Congressmen representing us in Lake County, Joe Walsh and Bob Dold, have a pretty clear picture of what we sent them to Congress to do: Reduce the size of government, reduce government spending, and reduce the deficit.
Local Democrats are worried, and they should be. Above all, local Dems (think Lauren Beth Gash and the 10th Dems), like their glorious leader Obama, think that the government is the only true economic engine that can bail us out of the recession, and the last thing to do in tough economic times is to slash the ability of government to spend, spend, spend. Never mind if we can't afford it, and our childrens' children will have to pay for it. That's all way down the road.
Bob Dold and the other Republicans in the incoming freshman class are having none of it. Make no mistake, they are going to be targeted by the Dems. But the good news is, no matter what the Dems can do, they have at least two years in which to transform government, which is what we want.
Over New Years, I was at a gathering in which one of my friends' father, a English gentleman who was very nice, but a true socialist, engaged me in conversation (since he'd been told I was active in politics) and seemed genuinely interested in my view on Obama, the economy, and government spending. He seemed to believe that America was a left-of-center nation and was a big Obama fan. I told him that the polls pretty clearly show that America is truly a right-of-center nation, and that the mantra of most Americans I know is that the less government, the better, and that as a rule, private citizen know who to spend their money better than the government can. There was more of this, and it was all very cordial, but eventually I retreated to the safety of the basement to supervise the kids so I didn't end up really ticking off my friend's dad at his party. He was pretty much an unrepentant European socialist who truly believed that government was needed to take care of everyone -- whether or not they could take care of themselves, given the chance, and whether or not they wanted it.
I expect such a world view from someone raised in Europe their whole life, but I expected a little more out of our local Democrats.