Change You Can Believe In
” But what of his Republican opposition? That opposition, said Obama, has to be forced to embrace his positions:
And I think if you talk privately to Democrats and Republicans, particularly those who have been around for a while, they long for the days when they could socialize and introduce bipartisan legislation and feel productive. So I don’t think the issue is whether or not there are people of goodwill in either party that want to get something done. I think what we really have to do is change some of the incentive structures so that people feel liberated to pursue some common ground. One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.”
” It’s a frequently heard lament: Why can’t Washington get along and compromise on the big issues of the day?
The federal government is, of course, divided, with the Democrats owning the White House and the Senate, the Republicans in control of the House.
The division, though, didn’t begin in Washington. It has been created by the voters, and the gap between the sides is so wide that there seems to be no ground for compromise.
Given the deep polarization found in the country, lawmakers simply cannot find common cause without betraying their constituencies.
Consider that our IBD/TIPP poll finds that 64% of Democrats give President Obama an “excellent” or “good” rating on his performance of managing the federal budget. Only 7% of Republicans believe he is doing an “excellent” or “good” job.
The chasm on Obama’s handling of the fiscal cliff negotiations is similar. Our poll finds that two-thirds of Democrats say Obama performed his duties in an “excellent” or “good” manner, while a mere 11% of Republicans agreed. “
” “I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.” – Obama’s 2012 victory speech
So much for that.
In the aftermath of the 2012 election, the vast majority of states are either entirely blue or entirely red, their entire legislatures and governors of one party or the other. As the Wall Street Journal reports, “In 46 states, the same party now controls both chambers of the legislature, creating distinct divisions between red and blue states.” That’s the highest number in 70 years. When governors are counted as well, there are just 12 states across the country with divided government. A full 38 states are of a single party.
If this continues, we are watching the end of America as we know it. “
” The real unemployment rate — the rate when you factor in those who have given up looking for a job or are underemployed — sits at almost 15%. Real wages have declined. Gas prices have soared. While the Obama team would like to trumpet the recent dip in the official unemployment rate to below 8%, the fact is that many Americans do not feel like a recovery is underway.
President Obama’s promises from the 2008 campaign have come back to haunt him. For example, he promised healthcare premiums would go down under his plan — they haven’t, pinching families even harder in tough economic times. He promised he would have us on the road to independence from foreign oil — and though he has benefited from the discovery of shale gas, prices at the pump have skyrocketed, and the optics of holding up the pipeline from Canada further dispels his narrative.
President Obama promised his stimulus package would create 5 million new “greenjobs.” Instead, the American taxpayer has been left holding the bag for billion-dollar boondoggles like Solyndra, with the grant process having heavily relied on a series of losers
” You know, I am starting to wonder who Democrats think of as “Americans”. I mean, like mainstream Americans who care about the economy, and jobs, and education, and world affairs, and important stuff like that.
Because, according to Democrats, women aren’t in that category. Nor are black people. Or Latinos. Or gay people. Or the poor. Or anyone else that belongs to some “group” defined by the Democrats. The only
remaining people are white males who aren’t in poverty. And that kind of explains why things like jobs and the economy and such don’t seem that important to the
Democrats, because those aren’t the issues that their assigned groups care about… “