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Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton became President by basically repeating the same mantra -- "It's the economy, stupid!"  The D's in the party are telling Obama to forget the health care stuff.  The voters are pissed.  Really pissed.  If we fix the economy, maybe they'll love us enough to pass health care reform.

There is also a battle to retire Obama's campaign tactic of blaming Shrub for the problems with the nation today.  That only worked before Obama's plans kicked in.  Now, people can compare Obama and Shrub and realize they are both using the Constitution for toilet paper.  The blank slate isn't blank anymore, and now that people have a baseline to compare it to, they see things aren't actually getting any better.

You can tell Obama has finally gotten off his high horse and is listening.  Today, he announced plans to help the middle class.  Well, what's left of it.  It's no secret that most of the GDP created during the past twenty years have gone to the top 1% of the country.  Look at the jobs out there -- they are either menial just above minimum wage or six figure but you need college degrees you can't afford and social circles you'd never be welcome in to get them.

What's stupid is the economy could turn around in about a year.  It's been done before, and there's only one tiny little thing that needs to be done to make it happen -- cut corporate taxes.  You do that, companies become interested in headquartering in America.  That creates jobs here, which they don't mind paying the wages for, as they are making plenty already.

Instead, all of Congress, D's and R's alike, are trying to rely on ways of doing things without realizing the environment has changed.  If anything, they are expecting the economy to fix itself and everything they've done, like extending unemployment benefits, is just to outlast the storm.  That is, when they aren't hopelessly fucking up the economy.  The "too-big-to-fail" banks now have a tremendous amount of Capitol Hill clout.  If anything, they are more foolhardy now, as they know if they are facing bankruptcy, the government is willing to absorb the debt for them and they can continue.  If this were a poker game, they would be playing with someone else's money.  Not helping is how the Supreme Court struck down part of McCain Fiengold and said that corporations can make unlimited political contributions.  They claim it's a freedom of speech issue.  I have yet, in the 25 plus years I've been following politics, to have someone explain how that is so without reducing me to giggles.

Pay attention, Establishment.  There's a lot more of us now than there were a year ago.  People feel betrayed by your bailouts and bills.  And no sword is bloodier than a idealist who feels his morals have been betrayed....

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ying_ko_4
Jan. 26th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
So, what are you suggesting? Revolution in the streets?
sinetimore
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
No, not at all. I think you misunderstood my last sentence. I meant that the people who voted for them, if they feel they are being sold out, won't hesitate to vote them out, and maybe vote out others who are doing their jobs correctly but just caught up in the crossfire. People want positive change, and if they don't get it, all the political spin in the world will not change their minds.

I'm not a big fan of revolution. Oftentimes, people are so caught up in the spirit of revolution, they don't realize what they are replacing the old way with may be worse than what they got rid of. For each revolution that went right (I think 1776 was the last time * grin * ), there are dozens that go wrong. There's an old Polish proverb that says, "Religion is the opiate of the masses. Revolution is the opiate of the intellectuals." Or, to put it another way, "Be careful what you wish for...you may get it."
ying_ko_4
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
I didn't really think you were suggesting any such thing.

Yet, I can't see enough disaffected voters throwing enough politicians out over a long enough period of time for it to make much difference.
sinetimore
Jan. 27th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
Card-carrying cynic and misanthrope that I am, I would normally be right there with you. I've seen a lot of political "reform" movements (the Perot-nistas) and been a part of some (I was a supporter of THRO back in the 80's) that just seemed to fizzle out. So part of me concurs that this is just voter angst. I quote Tommy Lee Jones in Under Siege -- "That's why it's called a 'movement' -- it goes a certain distance, then it stops."

On the other hand, I've never seen it develop legs like this or create this much panic in Washington. My area is jumping with Tea Party Patriots, and they aren't disbanding (one of the candidates for governor in Illinois, Dan Proft, is attending their meetings regularly). Even when health care reform looked like a done deal, no one was accepting it.

I have said for the past two or three years that 2010 is the election where the rules get rewritten. That is when the Digital Generation, people for whom the Internet and such is just part of daily life instead of something new, become eligible to vote. We've had hints of what they could do with the Greens, Howard Dean, and Barack Obama. But it looks like the rules actually got rewritten last year. Will they change again? And what will they look like afterwards?

As the curse goes, "May you live in interesting times."
mornblade
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
Did you say "sword"? ARR!!!

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sinetimore
Jan. 27th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Dude, you're dealing with a bunch of politicians who think "walking the plank" means you are bringing a two-by-four to a builder at Habitat For Humanity. You gotta be scarier than that.
mornblade
Jan. 27th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Scarier? Okay... ARR!!! 'av at thee, ye scurvy dawgs!!

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