Thursday, February 11, 2010

Democrats: The Party of 'Just blame Bush' ??

Is this what they meant by 'Hope and Change' ?

I have many complaints about Bush's presidency but Obama's 'blaming Bush' excuses are getting old fast. It's been over a year and Obama can't open his mouth without blaming Bush before giving us his new set of transparent talking points. Is this what they meant by 'Hope and Change' ?

When 'No' is the winning theme

Democrats poll tested a phrase they used since early 2009 : "Republicans are the party of No". This Democrat strategy doesn't look as good now as it did a year ago when popular support of Obama's assumed policies were polling high. Republicans saying 'No' has now won Virginia, New Jersey and the liberal Ted Kennedy stronghold Massachusetts from Democats. But Obama and Democrats still act like the strategy is a winner. I still remember the Democrats acting as the party of 'No' to GWB and Republicans for the years they were in power and it paid off with their two major election wins. Now that they are in power, are Democrats just the party of 'Just Blame Bush'.

Can Democrats survive without Bush?

It's been over a year and Obama is still blaming Bush every day! Democrats are a one trick pony, and that trick is GW Bush. Bush's name helped democrats win the 2006 midterm election and then the 2008 election so it no surprise they would miss him. But how can they have the White House and huge majorities in congress for over a year and still have their main act blaming Bush for their failures? Are Democrats the Party of 'Just blame Bush' ?? After a humiliating Senate special election defeat Obama gave a state of the union address where he started out blaming Bush. Now to re-moralize democrats Obama went out on the road on his "Just Blame Bush tour" set of town hall meetings.

Obama's "Just Blame Bush" tour

Obama's "Just Blame Bush" tour has three main messages :
1) "We made everything better but you can't tell because it's Bush’s fault. We created millions of jobs even though you don't know anyone getting hired. Believe us on the economy instead of your lying eyes".
2)"Every deficit we run up will be Bushes fault". (Notice he never warns us he will later blame Bush for their failure and deficits while selling his reforms/programs)
3) "Republicans are the party of ‘No’ who blocked our great reforms and have nothing to offer " (Ironically Republicans are voting NO on the huge spending bills creating the deficits that Obama is blaming on Bush.)
4) "We have more handouts (er tax credits) for you that will ‘fix’ the economy we already fixed with the 900B $ stimulus" (Wink, wink) . Don't worry, we will blame this debt on Bush too."

Things may be getting worse, but they could be even worse than they are getting

Obama claims great accomplishments since being in office. Yet everything seems to be getting worse. Unemployment has skyrocketed along with the deficit after his massively expensive economic recovery plan. Gasoline prices have risen dramatically. Terrorists are getting on planes with weapons flying in US airspace again. We were promised that these things would be improved with Obama's policies but they don't seem to be. Instead we keep on hearing about how all these problems would be even worse than they are now without Obama, with all the current problems are because of Bush. Given this daily repeated (unverifiable ) excuse, how could we ever know if Democrats policies are improving things?

The Terrorists were Supposed to Love us

We were lectured for years that the Bush strategy of detaining Islamic terrorists and interrogating them for wartime intelligence was recruiting terrorists. This implies that the reason why there are terrorists is because we interrogate them. So Obama promises to close Guantanamo prison and give the terrorists lawyers and demonstrate to some of the worst blood thirsty killers our humanity. Yet on Christmas Eve a member of Al-Qaeda attempted a bombing attack on an passenger aircraft and was almost successful. When does the Obama love start working on these killers that hate us?

The Economic Recovery that never happened

This bill was nothing more than a huge liberal Christmas wish list: government jobs, expanded welfare, costly mandates on states, huge deficits (the bill costing 900B alone) while promising future taxes on small businesses. It was like they were planning a job killing bill while calling it a jobs bill. Later they told us about all these new jobs created or saved that never existed. Even the phony number of jobs created or saved (1/2 to 2 million) divided into the amount spent calculates to about 200-300K $ per 40 K$ job. Polls now show that most Americans think the money was wasted. They did use some of the money for road signs that ask you to thank Obama for the stimulus. (I think they actually said "The project was funded by the ...")

Was this all part of Obama's plan?

One question will linger forever. This question is : Did Obama and Democrats actually believe all this government spending, national debt and attacking businesses would create private sector jobs? (claimed by mentor progressive economist Paul Krugman.) Or did they really think they could keep the country in depression forever , and be the ones with the handouts with mandates, as our slave owners, and get away with blaming Bush for it forever? I call this the Roosevelt dream. The problem with a strategy like this is Roosevelt had complete control of the message, there was no Fox News Channel, talk radio or Internet to explain what Democrats are doing in the 1930s. I know liberals who told me a year ago they would blame Bush for eight years for a bad economy, and they old me they thought the voters would too. Yet some liberals seem perplexed that the economy hasn't recovered yet. The 'jobs' that never materialized remind me of liberals claiming they 'know' that Bush lied about WMDs. Did Bush really think America wouldn't care when there were no WMDs found as liberals claim. Did Obama lie when he told us the economic stimulus recovery bill would create jobs? Did Obama plan on voters blaming Bush for his depression forever?

Bush killed your Health Reform (the Government run Obama-care)

This claim about Bush from democrats amazes me most. After the Scott Brown MA Senate election win Obama spokesman came out and claimed the Brown victory (against Democrats and Obama care) was due to anger and frustration against Bush policies. Heck, who would have thought that Bush would be the one to save us from Obama-care when out of office and saying nothing on the subject? And now Obama wants a health reform summit to blame Republicans for his troubles and failure to pass a bill. This is of course another cynical political trick.

The Forever Bush Deficit

When Bush ran for office the deficit was small and he even criticized the current deficits. Once in office he found it politically expedient to run up deficits increasing spending greatly while cutting taxes (naturally, we all loved that right?) Then the housing bubble blew up leaving debt, recession and bailouts. There is plenty of blame to go around for this disaster but Bush got all the blame and Republicans lost another election.

Obama and Democrats saw this as an opportunity to run up national deficits and debts beyond anyone's comprehension and then blame them on Bush. The Obama/Pelosi 900B stimulus debt that got only three Republican votes is blamed on Bush by them. The Democrats recently rushed through a bill to increase the national Debt before new Republican Senator Scott Brown was seated. Yet Obama blames this new debt on Bush. Obama is asking congress for millions of dollars to try terrorists in civilian courts outside of military courts, contrary to Bush established procedures and ignoring a system created by congress, and he is blaming the debt required to pay for this on Bush too. In spite of his massive spending spree opposed by elected republicans just saying 'No', Obama is claiming he needs a bi-partition committee to make recommendations on the best way (middle class tax increases wink-wink) to fix the Bush deficits he inherited.

Summary :

Democrats ARE the Party of 'Just Blame Bush' ! What a bunch of losers. Hope and Change was a bunch of crap.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A week in the eyes of a Demoralized Liberal, to know it is all over

Waking up a Year Later with Everything turned Upside down.

You almost have to feel sorry for the liberals. A year ago Obama had a 60% approval rating, Democrats were trusted more than Republicans on almost all issues and they had a huge democrat majority in congress. Yet now they must wake up each morning knowing it's all been lost, and wondering how it happened. To most liberals it all went bad this past week. They were sure that Martha Coakley would pull it out in the Massachusetts Senate race over Scott Brown. They were sure that some sort of health reform plan would pass shortly after that. But Tuesday night their hopes that elected democrats led by Obama would pull through were crushed. And frustrated liberals/progressives blame the Democrat leadership including Obama for swinging to the right contrary to most voters opinion.

Ted Kennedy's Dream becomes liberal's (and Obama's) worst Nightmare

Tuesday night, the day before the one year anniversary of Obama being sworn in as president, Democrats lost the Ted Kennedy Massachusetts senate seat in a special election. This was after president Obama flew up the Sunday before election day to campaign for her. And the main issue that Republican Scott Brown ran on was stopping Obama-care(as well as other Obama initiatives), something Obama never mentioned in his speech. This was the big story all over the country even before the election. Elected Democrats all over the country were asked by the media (that biased MSM) : "What went wrong?". The day after the Massachusetts election loss, President Obama gave a press conference where he explained that the problem was that he had not spent enough time 'educating' the American people on why they were wrong about their (Democrat's) accomplishments.

Government takeover of Health care : The end of a Dream

The election loss came at a time when the White House was trying to broker a deal between the House and Senate; each of which passed completely different health reform bills. In reality this was a near impossible job even with the 60 vote majority in the Senate. But to the liberal masses and most others(except me), passage of a health reform bill was inevitable. After all, Obama , Pelosi and Reid told us over and over it was going to happen. But the election loss changed all that. Not only did Senate democrats loose their 60 seat filibuster majority, but now scores of democrats in congress were terrified of losing their seats in the coming 2010 midterm elections. The Obama-democratic dream of creating a new entitlement died Tuesday night. To democrats and many others, the MA election ended it all.

In spite of the death of the dream, House liberals, who played a large part in the health reform passage failure by demanding a government funded public option; are still talking about passing the House bill in the Senate (51 votes) using Senate budget reconciliation rules. This is something they talked about since July 2009 and it never was possible because Budget Reconciliation applies only to changing existing funding levels or existing taxes of provisions in a passed bill, not adding regulations or new programs. Basically, they can't admit 'The Dream' is over. (I call this 'The prayer for the Dead'.)

One group you could pity is those Democrats in congress who voted for a bill because they were promised over and over that the 'final' health reform bill would fix any problems in either of the two passed bills. They wasted ten months and had to stomach other states getting embarrassing bribes their states didn't, defended secret closed door meetings, unpopular mandates, tea party protests, angry town hall meetings and voters at home; and then after finally passing two bills with passage seeming so close to many, they watched it die in front of their eyes. Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson and his wife were chased out of a local pizza restaurant by Nebraska voters over anger for his support.

Losing a lone liberal Voice too?

One would think that this was enough for democrats to have to face in a single week. But the same (this past) week Air America closed up shop being out of money and funding. Their gravy train was G.W. Bush and he was out of office a year leaving little enthusiasm for Obama cheerleader.

Government versus Free Speech : A win for Free Speech terrifies liberals

Something else happened this week that got the liberals in a tizzy. The Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations and unions running ads against elected politicians and candidates was constitutionally protected speech. While this was seen as a free speech victory by republicans, liberals saw this decision as the end of the country. On MSNBC, liberal talk radio (still a few stations out there) and libs blogs it was reported over and over that those rich evil corporations that Obama has been bravely fighting would take complete control of our elected officials (like the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and that our democracy has ended. Apparently we are all mindless drones that believe anything we see in a commercial. What these left wing talkers neglected to tell their audiences was these unconstitutional federal regulations were regulating OUR speech against politicians, as well as businesses and unions. But what is really killing democrats about this decision is that their whole populist theme blaming businesses for the countries problems, and threatening taxes and takeovers, companies can now run ads against them in the November elections. These are the same elections that they were expected a backlash against elected Democrats.

Imagine the pain that Liberals must feel now

Yes, a year ago Democrats thought they would re-invent the country, and exactly a year later they woke up in hell with it all slipping out of their fingers. Today, pat a liberal on the back and say : "Better luck next time". And then have a good laugh. Because it is just going to get much worse for them.