Given that the Republican Party has not offered any ideas on how to improve America, it is logically impossible to conclude that the GOP victory in the 2010 midterm elections was an endorsement of Republican ideas. Understanding that the GOP has offered no ideas, how can one subscribe to the notion that Americans are excited about Republican solutions? What we did see, however, was, as the quitter from Alaska put it, a “refudiation” of Democrats. Many factions in the media have perpetuated the epic Democratic loss as a vengeful reaction to the stagnant unemployment rate. I disagree. Although it would be naive to rule out “jobs” as an issue, the main setback was the “D” next to the names of candidates. Conservative talk radio, FOX News, and the GOP’s hijacking of the definition of terms, all have effectively come through and pulled out a conservative victory in 2010. Misinformation, exaggeration, boogymen, and plain lies are what led to Democrats undergoing the “shellacking” they felt, as President Obama put it. Why did folks vote for the GOP? Just listen to AM radio, and one can hear the “voices” of the "people", as the righties put it. Quite frankly, after listening to a number of callers from, oh, let’s say, Mark Levin’s show, it was obvious that each caller represented several “voices” alright, or at least heard multiple “voices”. What do these voices say? President Obama and the liberal thugs in his “Democrat Party” are a bunch of socialist, communist, Muslim, Marxist, big-government, Sharia fetishists, who become sexually aroused with their interns at the thought of their personal power growing.... Wow. Now, luckily, human beings who are fortunate enough to have the gift of critical thought, scoff at the lunacy of such rhetoric, but still, such notions were very much behind voter sentiment in the election. How can this point be argued? It's simple; ask a Republican, listen to talk radio, read conservative print news and op-eds, or ask recently elected GOP members. For as “Twilight Zone” as it may seem, chances are you will hear one of previously stated inflammatory remarks being slimed onto Democrats as a reason why they lost the midterms.
Now that the rest of us must cope with the fact that the holy subsidiary of corporate America has control over the House of Representatives, we have the responsibility make the Republican Party own up to their recently purchased power. They have to have answers. They must have solutions. Thus far, they haven’t offered anything but the psychotic, unpaid for, tax cuts for the richest Americans. It’s ridiculous how the GOP actually expected Americans to seriously believe that Republicans are serious about reducing the deficit. Unfortunately, what’s even more ridiculous than that, is how most 2010 voters bought the GOP’s cockamamy platform, if you can even call it a platform at all. Tax cuts for the rich do not reduce the deficit. They actually will increase it by $4 trillion over the next ten years. We tried Reaganomics, five times, and it failed. Given that magic isn’t real, and that when we spend money, we actually have to be able to afford what we spend it on, the “fiscally conservative” Republican Party has to account for their beloved tax cuts. With every Republican presidential term, starting Ronald Reagan, this looney, supply-side economic theory has been implemented, and every time the theory was renewed as codified law, it has yet to accumulate less than $1.5 trillion in debt. What’s even more farcical than this enchanted notion that cutting taxes for millionaires will somehow spark economic growth, is that current Republicans think cutting $16 billion dollars from some buried program they found will somehow balance our budget today.... If that’s even what they intended the stunt of announcing that, to be. The fact of the matter is that the GOP hasn’t actually proposed any cuts in anything legitimate or substantial. They speak in philosophy, because that seems to be all they’re good at. It’s unfortunate that Democrats get attacked by the non-understanding voter, when they actually propose cuts and bring forward ideas with real solutions and serious mechanisms of enactment.
The Democratic Party, under Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama, have brought forth and instrumented brilliant change in America, most of it unnoticed. Under the current liberal leadership, we’ve seen many wonderful changes that have become law, some of them include: a credit card bill of rights, health care reform, 3.5 million small business tax cuts for health care, the establishment of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Medicare prescription drug costs being cut in half, increased fuel economy standards from 27.5 mpg to 35.5 mpg by 2016, equal pay for equal work for women, increased funding for violence against women prevention, and $400 tax cuts per individual for 95% of Americans via stimulus package. When George W. Bush was in the White House and enjoyed a majority in both houses of Congress, they offered us an illegal war, more voodoo tax cuts, a Medicare debacle, human torture, wiretapping, assaults on equal civil rights, a disturbingly and neglectfully, mishandling of one of the most devastating natural disasters this nation has seen, and one of the most viscous assaults on the First Amendment with the illegal cover blowing of CIA agent Valerie Plame.
Republicans have controlled the narrative, and as a result, the country has handed the scalpel back over to the doctors who messed up the operation five times already- talk about poor health care. We have a lot of work to do.
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