Finally, a Republican has the guts to make a moral case against Democratic Party economic policies
Significantly on the day before President Barack Obama made the defining statement of his presidency that the "private sector is doing fine", Mitt Romney became the first GOP presidential nominee in memory to eschew the usual, non-judgmental, Republican line against the economic policies of our "honorable friends on the other side of the aisle" as merely being "wrong" about how to foster economic growth:
They concluded that we would all forget how long the recovery took once it had happened. So they decided to go ahead. The idea that they knowingly slowed down our recovery in order to put in place Obamacare, which they wanted and they considered historic, but the American people did not want or consider historic, is something which I think deserves a lot of explaining. Because I think the president's responsibility is to put people back to work and to get people out of poverty and to help people have good jobs and have prospects for a brighter tomorrow.
David Horowitz, former radical leftist and author of "How to Beat Democrats" and yours truly have been calling for the day when Republicans other than newly elected tea partiers would get over their fear of the Main Stream/Drive-By/Obama media and acknowledge the obvious import of the fact that, continually, over the past 40+ years, the Democratic Party has advocated and enacted economic policies that have always failed to foster economic growth. Yes, many Democrats are young and/or ignorant and truly believe that the policies advocated by George McGovern, Tip O'Neil, Hillary's Bill Clinton before Newt got custody, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Hussein Obama are best for the poor, middle class and the economy as a whole.
But the truth is that the leaders of the party of Jefferson and Jackson long ago divorced themselves from the conventional economic goals of most Jeffersonians and Jacksonians. Yes, they want the private sector to produce enough wealth for them to spread around to fund well-paid government bureaucrats to regulate business and dependent victims at a "Life of Julia" subsistence level so they can declare the private sector as "fine"; but they too often forget that for wealth to continue to be created, those that create the wealth and the jobs that come with it must have the incentive to take risks to start and expand businesses.
The prospect of Obamacare (Reform before Recovery) taxes and regulations, oil moratoriums seized upon by oil spills (yet another crisis Rahm admonished not be wasted) and not ended even if found in contempt of court, and EPA regs that shut down power plants and the coal industry; do not foster economic activity. Most Democrats aren't too stupid to understand this, hence the perfect reasonableness of Mitt Romney's doubling down on Obama as Marie Let them Eat Cake Antoinette.
Gone are the days when the Doles, Bushes and McCains of the world are the face of a GOP that looks the other way at the obvious indifference of Democrats to the economic suffering of Americans that want more out of life than a Food Stamp card, even while being called racist, sexist, homophobes and evil Bain capitalists that want widows and orphans thrown out on the streets, by those same Democrats.
As Horowitz, the former Radical Son (and author of the eponymous title) of communists and editor of Ramparts magazine in the psychadelic 60s that famously converted to the GOP in the early 80s to support President Ronald Reagan's support for the Nicaraguan anti-Communist Contras, pointed out in his 2002 book (and chapter of the same, How to Beat Democrats, title in his autobiographical 2003 Left Illusions):
Democrats win elections because they understand a simple fact: the key to American politics is the romance of the underdog...Republicans play right into the Democrats' trap because they approach politics as a problem of management...[Meanwhile] Democrats are busy attacking Republicans as servants of the rich, oppressors of the weak, and defenders of the strong.
How ironic then is it that the former CEO of Bain Captital is the Republican that appears poised to take on the party of envy and class warfare on moral grounds.
The private sector is fine?
The problem is the need for more federal, state and local government workers? It gets increasingly impossible to caricature Democrats with truly impossible analogies.
This week, the author of the Stimulus that was supposed to keep unemployment under 8% that passed right before the current, continuous and ongoing post WWII record streak of 40 months above 8%, told America that the private sector is fine because his Administration had "created" over 4 million jobs. Yet, there are now less total Americans employed than on the day he took the oath of office as President of the United States.
Not since the Great Depression has this been the case during any four-year period of American history, which may explain why the inadequacy of the regularly reported U-3 unemployment rate hasn't been discredited before now. So what about "net" jobs created does Obama not understand? Were not sure, but we do think the loss of his job after Election Day will concentrate his mind on the subject and unleash a desperately needed recovery worthy of the name that President Obama took for granted would have arrived in time to erase our memories of his and the Democrats' forced-fed socialization of health care with a last minute assist from former President Bill Clinton as Lobbyist-in-Chief.
We don't know if Obama didn't and doesn't "care" about the poor or if he intentionally brought the economy down so as to make Americans more needy and thus receptive to "free" health care. We don't read hearts here at DeVine Law and we certainly don't suspect that Obama and the Democrats would have done anything but hurt the economy even if they weren't occupied with cheating Scott Brown out of a "no" vote on Barack's signature legislation. We also recall that even in the selling of Obamacare, the President himself famously told the daughter of a centarian seeking a pacemaker to essentially forget about it at their age and just take a painkiller and go home. Did you feel that cold breeze emanating from the man who faked being a Kenyan thru his publisher after Law School?
What we do know is that Obama and the Democrats were in 2009-10, indifferent to the suffering of Americans due to the financial and housing crises and resulting Great Recession. Thank you Mitt Romney, for speaking the moral truth to an amoral Democratic Party that cares only about their own power and couldn't care less about empowering the happiness pursuits of We the People, unless that happiness is received from a government bureaucrat.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
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