But there's other reasons, too. For one thing, the news is really depressing. I guess I've always known this, but for some reason probably having to do with a nationwide shortage of brain cells, I've become much more depressed at the state of the world than usual. And that's saying a lot.
What reason do I have to be so down in the dumps? None, really. My home life isn't problematic, the Republicans are doing well in the election thus far, and my dog is asleep on my foot. Ah! I think I've stumbled across the problem, and it isn't that I'm losing feeling in my toes.
This entire year, I've been waiting like a little kid on Christmas morning for the GOP to have the come to Jesus moment (no, not this one); the moment where they realize that they need to focus on real economic progress, such as a restoration of a free market into a country that has let the government grow to unprecedented levels. But I haven't really seen anything from most of the GOP that makes me approach the midterms with any ease, and while it is likely (at the moment) that the Republicans will do well in November, I am very skeptical about the long term state of this country.
While I can't imagine the Republicans possibly doing a worse job than the current ruling class, I can't imagine them really getting their hands dirty about fixing America's myriad problems for the long haul. I assume that, if elected, they'll cut taxes and spend a lot of time trying to repeal Obamacare. But will they cut spending? Will they reform Medicare and Social Security and Medicaid? Probably not, because those issues are not popular with the Republican base, even though they are necessary towards insuring a bright and prosperous society for my generation and my prospective children's generation and my possible grandchildren's generation.
So while I have been encouraged by the tough actions taken by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to belt tighten and shrink the size of government, the Republican Party as a whole is depressing me wholly, and I fear that they'll continue to depress me next year and the year after that. Simply put, they are not willing to make the political decision to talk frankly with the people of this country about the sacrifices we all need to make. Less government means less services and fewer public employees and a lesser grip that the unions have on commerce. That's what it means, and anyone in the Republican party not committed to less government in our lives is part of the problem and not part of the solution.
I have many many subjects that have depressed me lately. The current state of the Republican party going into this election is merely one of them. I'll talk about the rest later. Not that you care.