I’m sure the casual observer of politics hasn’t caught it yet, but Democrats are in a bit of a pickle. You see, they have run the country and state of Minnesota “Legislatively” and in Congress respectively for the last 4 years. They mounted dishonest campaigns in 06 & 08 about being real fiscal stalwarts and better suited to operate Government in order to keep America and Minnesota running smoothly or get it back on track.
They won those elections on 2 points:
- Republicans were acting like big government liberals, spending and allowing government to grow unchecked
- Democrats used the Republicans’ straying from fiscal conservatism and out flanked Republicans to the right in campaigns and fooled voters into thinking Democrats were actually fiscally responsible and conservative.
Well, let’s just say the election chickens have come home to roost now with Democrats controlling Washington for 4 years, and the White House for the last 2. That’s resulted in the largest expansion of government spending, entitlements, and unfunded mandates in modern times, if not ever.
Their campaign promises have all gone unfulfilled. Their claims to be fiscally responsible and looking out for the little guys and gals were just propaganda to get control of government to force more people to be dependent on it. Why? Because when you have people relying on Government for daily basic needs, you can demonize any opponent talking of unsustainability and proper role of Government.
And that’s just what Democrats have done. When Congressmen like Bachmann, Kline, Paulsen, Boehner, Ryan, etc talk about record deficits and the need to reign in spending and government growth, they call them extreme obstructionists- the party of no…. When Gubernatorial candidates like Tom Emmer talk about reforming and streamlining government they hammer them about stripping “services” away from the poor victims and elude to corporatism and elitism.
But after years of failed liberal policies and one of the longest recessions in modern America (normally 14 months if memory serves, we’re going on 4 years), the American people are catching on the the idea that Government is not the gravitational center of the economy. Americans realize that Obama, Pelosi, Dayton, and Democrats in general are not only as far removed from Constitutional conservative government, but they are in fact non-violent enemies to the principles our country was founded on.
Personal responsibility, limited government, liberty, and freedoms are what allowed this nation to grow into the most powerful and productive society on Earth. It wasn’t Government programs or members of Congress who built this nation, it was the people. Democrats, deep down in their political hearts, oppose the people, either by individual efforts or banded together in groups or businesses, doing great things.
You see, to them, Government is the center of the universe. they believe in control and central planning. As much as they want to “spread the wealth around”, it isn’t to make everybody rich, its to spread the misery around to achieve control over the way of life and standard of living.
This recession which is about to be going on 4 years is not the result of conservative policies being fully implemented and having failed. Its the culmination of decades of liberal programs and mandates inflexed with spineless Republicans trying simply to put their own spin on the government interventions for political gain. They followed polls rather their principles.
No, Republicans are not excluded from blame for the 2007 recession, but they had nothing to do with why it has lasted this long. Democrats “inherited” the recession in late 2008, but did nothing to correct the errors that led to it. This was a Government induced recession.
High gas/energy prices, an inflated housing and financial bubble, and increased regulations and red tape all lead to this recession. The policies and legislation that led to those factors or prevented free market solutions to stave off the natural market corrections were not bred by conservative ideology. Liberalism is not a Democrat exclusive trait. Republicans can be liberals, but more importantly, due to the exponential growth of Government over decades, and the increasing dependency of people and businesses on Government and its bureaucracies, our economy was incapable of correcting itself as needed to limit the impact of the recession. Instead we’re seeing the recession of 2007 ripple on into 2010 with no real end in sight. While technically no longer a “recession” (at 1.5+/-% GDP growth) we’re clearly in a recovery-less economic malaise and no return to the economic levels we were at like normal.
Wow, so I haven’t blogged any long form rants in a while and as you can see, things are stacking up in my brain. Cribnotes:
- Republicans are to blame for this recession- BUT not for enacting conservative policies. Rather for failure to reform or repeal liberal ones. More importantly, their role in this recession was removed in November of 2008 when Obama and the Democrats used to mantra of being centrist conservatives to sweep the elections.
- Starting in January of 2009, Democrats took ownership of the recession. Yes, they did inherit a recession. But it wasn’t one created by conservative ideology. Heck, the Fed Chairman under Bush was reappointed by Obama and is doing more of what he did to meddle with the markets and attempt to control the economy from the marble offices of Washington.
- Democrats have done nothing to reverse course on terrible liberal policies that lead to exponential growth in government and reduction in true free markets and actual economic forces.
- We no longer live in a free economy, proof of that is that Government tells us what we can and cannot buy and when we don’t listen to their demands, and want to continue to have, say – the incandescent light bulb, they ban the sale of it.
If you think that banning normal lightbulbs is a conservative agenda item, you’re likely someone who has scrapped their Obama bumpersticker off with deep voter’s remorse. And that’s just one example of how Government is dictating what the economy does.
In 2006, and 2008, thanks to unprincipled Governing by Republicans, Democrats were able to bamboozle the American and Minnesotan voters into trusting them. They ran as conservative Democrats, but after the glitzy campign ads stopped airing and oaths were taken, all those promises were forgotten and it was back to the liberal status quo. (There’s lots of internal GOP crap that allowed this, but I’ve worn out my keyboard on this blog covering that)
It wasn’t conservative policies “that drove our economy into the ditch” as Democrats have been saying. And since January of 2009, if the economy really was in a ditch, why have the Democrats continued to pretend their plugin hybrid was a swamp buggy and continued to get further and further away from the pavement?
In the last 2 years Democrats have done nothing to stave off the recession and economic malaise, instead they’ve done more of the same on steroids. Massive wasteful spending, debt creation, dependency, regulatory burdens and uncertainty preventing prospective investment or attempts to recreate lost jobs.
Democrats may not have been in the White House when the recession started, but their policies were in place. Since taking charge of the Oval Office helm, they’ve actually made things worse while ticking off some agenda items and repaying some campaign debts.
They haven’t taken the task of governing responsibly.
When your family has faced tough times, huge fiscal challenges, or sudden responsibilities, (like far too many of us have lately) you’ve been forced to make changes in the way you do things.
When you are underwater in your mortgage, you don’t take out a second mortgage to add an addition.
When a family member loses their job and you need that income to make ends meet, you don’t run out and get a facelift or brand new timeshare.
When your healthcare expenses are getting out of hand, you don’t order up a cadillac plan and turn over control to people 1000′s of miles away.
When a family or business for that matter, faces tough times, they make choices based on what will fix the problem and if they don’t there are serious consequences. Short sighted cash back refinancing of a home, maxing out the credit cards, buying too big a house, taking a risky loan, buying too fancy a car, addiction to three $5+ a cup lattes from the local boutique status symbol bistro, or on the business side, taking a risk and expanding during a faux boom era. There’s lots of mistakes that led to people and businesses ending up underwater or in Chapter 11. When massive numbers of people and companies run out of money and lines of credit it creates a recession. People stop consuming, there’s no demand, hence no profits to pay people.
The economy is a multi-faceted machine with tons of gears and moving parts. It really is quite hard to cause a massive recession like we’re in. It doesn’t happen overnight and professionals should be able to see it coming. We’re a diverse enough economy that we can absorb high gas and energy prices. Amazingly we can handle a war now with out retooling everything for the effort. We can survive turbulent stock markets. We can probably also deal with serious problems with the credit world………
But add all of those together, shadowed by the threat of further government intervention, takeovers, banning of consumer goods or industries altogether, tax hikes, and you have yourself what the economy of 2010 looks like.
OK, now I really need to sum this up. (or not)
The reality of today’s American economy in shambles – is not – the result of conservatism, in fact liberalism caused the various problems I just mentioned. Democrats run away from being called liberals, but demonize conservatives. They, like Obama this week, blame conservatives for problems caused by liberal ideas or people or bureaucracies. Barny Frank and Fannie and Freddie come to mind.
“Never let a crisis go to waste”
Here’s the rub, the economy is going to recover. It always does. The question is, when, but more importantly, what will it look like after all the manipulating and “fundamental transformation” that Obama and Democrats do? Why yes, they are kicking America when she is down. They are taking this crisis and using it as cover for changing America into something she was designed not to be.
They know that Americans will reject them if they are honest about this. They knew that in 2006 and 2008, if they ran as bold liberals hell bent on expanding government and trying to turn America into Europe or a socialist country, they’d be rejected at the polls. Well, in 2010, after 2 years of their “CHANGE” the voters have wised up, hence the new and improved Democrat campaign of 2010 where they’re sounding like conservatives.
I saw a snippet of Dayton’s new ad trying to pretend he’s not a trust fund baby, but rather a taxpayer watchdog and not a friend of the government bureaucrat. Its a lie, but he’s not alone. Taxin Tarryl Clark running in MN’s 6th Congressional District is also pretending she isn’t a tax and spend, grow and intervene liberal.
Because even Democrats know that a majority of Americans and Minnesotans reject liberalism at first glance. They have to hide what really makes up their political ideology and what their true intentions are. Their victories are based on misdirection and dishonesty. They just need to get elected, then they can go back to appeasing the special interests and trying to implement massive tax hikes and expansion of government. Because that’s what liberals do.
Anatomy of the smears
I wish the media would truly point this out. Instead, a Democrat or their slushfund special interest allies runs ads calling Emmer and conservatives extreme, it gets coverage. The TV anchors adopt the mantra of every time Emmer and Bachmann are mentioned, “extreme” is used to describe them. It starts with the Democrat candidates, its repeated by the so-called political professor experts the press relies on to lend credibility to their talking point shows, then the reporters and anchors adopt it as a middle name for the Republicans.
Now, after thousands of ads across the country and tons of focus groups, the Democrats realize that their “change” is going to lead to a voter backlash. Those “extreme” Republicans are actually more aligned with the majority of voters. And that means the Democrats will be removed from power if they continue to point out the other guy is more conservative. Hence, now after 2 years of unchecked tax and spend liberal big government policies, Democrats are trying to sound like the conservatives they just got done spending millions to bash.
Why yes, the Democrats are running from their own record.
I’m Andy Aplikowski, an American citizen fed up with the lies and dishonest tactics of the Democrats trying so desperately to destroy this great country, and I approve this message. Not paid for or approved by any party or candidate. This is just me getting upset with the political world around me and the terrible way in which things are manipulated by Democrats, bureaucrats, and the media.
I am Citizen
End rant, let me know if this needs more expansion, It is just shy of a novel, maybe I could get a publishing deal out of this……