Saturday, July 12, 2014

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Quite a long post, but needs to be said.

All this talk about DEMS “are going to lose the Senate” or worse I think, about “the GOP retaking the Senate” is a bit troubling for a lot or reasons.

Then I read this fine article and it got me thinking deeper on the prospect of a GOP-run congress during the last two years of Mr. Obama’s time in office and this short intro from that article to set the scene for my post that follows – that is for anyone with their eyes and mind both open to reality — from the article:

“As advanced societies are depoliticized, the changes are both subtle and spectacular. In everyday discourse, political language is turned on its head, as Orwell prophesied in 1984: "Democracy is now a rhetorical device. Peace is perpetual warGlobal is imperial. Reform means regression or destruction. Austerity is the imposition of extreme capitalism on the poor and the gift of socialism for the rich, which is an ingenious system under which the majority service the debts of the few."

About the GOP taking over totally after November – a few considerations:

1. It is not unusual for the House or Senate to change hands during a midterm.
2. Reelected, 2nd term presidents usually get the blame with their lame duck label – which I think in most cases is unfair and especially when the other side, like now, constantly block and tackle everything put before them even with a Congress rated with a 7% approval.

But, the question is and should always be: why change anyway? Is it just for political gain – okay fair enough. But, then what agenda would we see and policies would follow? With this current crop of GOPers biting at the bit to regain total control of Congress we must ask: What positive things would they do then that they haven't tried to do now?

I don't see much positive change offered up by the GOP – hopefully the voters will see and remember, too. Assuming they even get a chance to vote ... that appears now to be the #1 issue: planned and on purpose low voter turnout by careful design to suppress the vote. And, yes it is real and ongoing even with many courts reversing the rule changes.

Change in politics can be good, but should always be for more positive change than the side who loses … it has to be more than just a word in a campaign slogan. After all with change we could see bad results, even worse than now, if that's even possible in my estimation.

How about this historical fact:  As is happens Mr. Obama is rated #1 of all our Presidents who reached across party lines to nominate and make high level appointments. To date, he has made a total of 15 nominations of Republicans to high office. One withdrew before his Senate hearing (Sen. Judd Gregg for Secretary of Commerce), thus he ended up appointing 14 Republicans to these positions: Two for Secretary of Defense: Robert Gates and Chuck Hagel, then John McHugh for Secretary of the Army and Ray LaHood as Secretary of Transportation. One FBI director, one CIA director, one at the Federal Reserve, and three as U.S. Ambassadors. Mr. Obama is followed by #2 in this category by George W. Bush with a total of 12. Then at #3 is Ronald Reagan with 11. Then there is a tie for 4th between FDR and Bill Clinton with 8 each.

On top of all that is the GOP’s dream hit list, but it does not jibe with Mr. Obama’s actual record outlined below.

Background:  Even as he took the oath of office, the GOP started opposing everything President Obama stood for and talked about doing. They since have blamed him for everything under the Sun and probably for Sunrise and Sunset itself.  It wasn’t even a few weeks into his first term and as we faced the worst economic woes since the Great Depression that the GOP started their blame game, including the economic mess itself.

We saw just last month (June 2014) more very good job numbers, and a 6.1% unemployment rate, thus indicators of brighter days ahead. So, what does the GOP do? They again search wider and deeper for something to hold all their crap in that they proudly sling at Mr. Obama hoping it sticks. If so, great for them (they hope). If not, they just keep on slinging no matter the issue or quantity of stuff being slung.

Here is a short list of things the GOP will not under any circumstance give Mr. Obama any credit for:   

  1. His policies cut job losses by more than 50% within his first 4 months in office.
  2. He basically saved a huge chunk of the American auto industry.
  3. Has cut the deficit by more than half and it still is going down.
  4. He got Osama bin-Laden.
  5. He got Syria to give up their chemical weapons without firing a single shot.
  6. His policies have enabled record stock levels with the Dow that closed over 17,000 for the first time in its 118-year history.
  7. His policies reduced unemployment from 10% to now 6.1%.
  8. We just saw the fastest first quarter of job growth in the United States since 1999.
  9. We have had the quickest drop in unemployment in 30 years.
  10. We have had 52 straight months of private sector job growth.
  11. We have seen some 9.7 million private sector jobs created.
  12. Over 8 million people signed up for health care thanks to the Affordable Care Act even after a lousy launch.
  13. Also, millions of Americans have gained, or kept, health care coverage thanks to Medicaid expansions, and for kids to age 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance longer as they established things on their own.
  14. He hasn’t started a single war.
  15. He has not come for or confiscated one single gun or Bible or first-born son.
At the same time, the GOP clings to hearings and more and sometimes the same old committee witch hunt sessions while maintaining their job approval at a blazing 7 percent. Issues like the IRS mess and yes, it is a mess; the killing of our personnel at the consulate in Benghazi, the Syrian mess, issues still hovering around Iran, crappy relations Russia over the Ukraine, Pakistan where bin-Laden was hiding for 4 years, and the attitude and threats from North Korea. 

None of this stuck to him; why not? Simple, he is not to blame directly. He is responsible, yes for sure, but not directly to blame as the GOP implies in every press release and sound bite. Lately and has we move closer to November midterms the GOP drum now calls out “impeach the bastard.” 

We have all heard it over and over: He is ruining us all. He is killing America. He wants our guns. He hates the Bible. He is against our values and way of life. He has to go, just like in the empty words of Sen. Mitch McConnell, “Our #1 priority is to make Barack Obama a one-term president.” So, how’s that working out??

Historical facts matter, and I would note: Mr. Obama has accomplished a lot – and yes, there have been a lot of rocky places and starts (the ACA is a prime example), but most good things do have rocky starts and start-up problems, even going to the Moon. However, Mr. Obama has done most if not all of it without any help from congressional Republicans and certainly in the face of their constant flak. They have in short tried to railroad all of his efforts and good ideas while not even listening and yet he has survived and is doing a darn good job in spite of their best efforts to obstruct him at every turn almost in every policy area known to mankind.

Finally, I and many others believe that if Mr. Obama were white and Republican, the GOP would worship him like Ronald Reagan. No one likes to interject race into anything, certainly I do not. However, the actions, words, and deeds from the GOP side leave little room for what this is all about, and that’s a shame.

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