Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Happy 'Special Interest' Day

Today we celebrated Labor Day and how did the President spend his time? Well giving one of the more hyperpartisan speeches I can recall any man holding that office has ever given. He knows no bounds of lowering himself and the office. Some highlights...
And over the last two years, that's meant taking on some powerful interests -- some powerful interests who had been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time. And they're not always happy with me. They talk about me like a dog
He's saying this with a straight face with hundreds of union members and leaders behind him. The irony is thicker than the 2000 pages of the healthcare bill. That of course protected union interests. Sir with all due respect I wouldn't compare yourself with a dog, since dogs actually learn from their mistakes.

We've given them to small business owners. We've given them to clean energy companies. We've cut taxes for 95 percent of working Americans, just like I promised you during the campaign. You all got a tax cut.
There is not even a kernel of truth in that statement, not one. So I will move on.

But there are some folks in Washington who see things differently.You know what I'm talking about.
STRAWMAN ALERT! STRAWMAN ALERT!

When we passed a bill earlier this summer to help states save jobs -- the jobs of hundreds of thousands of teachers and nurses and police officers and firefighters that were about to be laid off, they said no. (Applause.) And the Republican who thinks he's going to take over as Speaker -- (boos) -- I'm just saying that's his opinion -- (laughter) -- he's entitled to his opinion. But when he was asked about this, he dismissed those jobs as "government jobs" that weren't worth saving. (Boos.) That's what he said, I'm quoting -- "government jobs."
OK enough of that, I can't take it anymore. There are multiple problems with this inanity from the mouth of the President. The fact that he has lowered himself into the day to day partisanship of the House is unbelievable. Sadly this is where he is, after losing independents all he can do is rile up his base. THAT is no way to govern my friends. Nevermind the fact that more union members are planning to vote Republican this November which only complicates matters for him even more. It happened in Massachusetts earlier this year. These are the Reagan Democrats, the blue collar workers who felt their party was becoming too liberal in the Carter years and abandoned Mondale in droves in the '84 election. Now they seem to be tilting back to the Republicans. Add to the mix Democrats as a whole not all that enthusiastic about voting in the midterm and you have a recipe for a wave election.

This is the cyclical nature of politics, but the Republicans winning their primaries across the country and presumably be voted in will decidedly be to the right of the DeLay led House. This hopefully will force the liberals left in the House to the negotiating table to actually make some deals, cut spending and participate in real deficit reduction or otherwise risk looking like the partisans they are. I believe only a solid majority will do that not a slim one. A slim majority will only create gridlock, which may be progress in and of itself since it will stop the liberal agenda dead in its tracks. But if we want to see Obamacare repealed or measures de-funded, we will need way more than 218 seats. Or hope of all hopes is that it tacks Obama back to the center, and maybe just maybe he can be as smart as Clinton was by co-opting some of the more successful pieces of Newt's contract with America.

As for the guy "who thinks he's taking over as speaker", he will have a tall order on his hands when Republicans do take over (just a hunch,don't quote me). He must pull them together and follow an agenda of what the people really want (cut spending,preserve low taxes), not what they did the last time they were in power. Tough to trust some of the leadership currently in place, but with Paul Ryan and the more libertarian leaning and fiscally conservative newcomers we are bound to get we may have something that could start to turn this putrid economy around. If that happens we may get a general public that could possibly be a little more hopeful of what can get done in Washington.

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