I saw a bit of news that had a Democratic spokeslady grinning and saying “Americans voted for a tax increase. WE Won.”
I see the Republicans falling all over themselves to abrogate the “no tax increases” pledge.
I see the Republicans doubting that they will ever win anything again unless they become Democrats Lite.
Dear Republicans: YOU didn’t “lose” and the Democrats did not get a mandate. YOU are continuing to listen to the Democrats to define who you are. That is a horrible error.
What the American people did was vote for “No Change”. Think about it. Long and hard.
Republicans continue to hold the House. What does the House do? CONTROL Spending. Americans put a Republican House in place to control spending.
Yes, Obama was given a ‘second chance’. Why? Was it a massive mandate? No.
First off, most presidents get 2 terms unless they screw up horribly. Obama almost did, in cramming Obamacare down our throats. THEN he got a Republican House and things were “OK” for a couple of years. WHY? Because he was kept more ‘limited’ in aspirations.
THAT is what America voted for. Continuation of a more or less “OK” split congress. With restraint on Obama’s avarice. With restraint on Republican snooping into private lives and moralizing.
Now Obama was constantly claiming that it was all Bush’s fault. OK, he’s a whiner. We got that. So we gave him a second term. He can not any longer claim “It’s Bush’s Fault!!!”. He OWNS his second term. So let him own it.
Yes, it was a ‘racist vote’. What? You expected the Hispanics and Blacks to vote out “their guy” without a fair chance at escaping Bush’s Legacy? To be forever branded with “failure – couldn’t get a second term”? So yes, they voted race as a racist vote and whites ignored race and voted principle. Get over it. BTW, running a Mormon is NOT a good way to get the “Social Liberal Fiscal Conservative” vote… Run a candidate that says “The war on drugs is a waste of money and ought to be stopped. We need the U.S. Government out of your bedroom, your blood stream, your email, and foreign wars.” and you will do much better.
We also were a bit ‘fed up’ with a congress that was just trying to run out the clock and not do their jobs. So we voted to stick you with the same problems you were trying to duck with “kick the can” and “run out the clock”.
So please, there was NOT a Democratic Mandate. There was a “get back to work, all of you, and fix things” vote for no change.
We want a “middle of the road” solution, not a Republican Cave. We want Democratic social ideals and Republican spending restraint. And yes, we know that those two are in conflict. Your job is to work it out. NOT cave.
Now, get to work and find a way to NOT raise a boat load of taxes while keeping a decent ‘safety net’ (and not a hammock..) and cutting that load of crap that’s all over the Washington Budget, OK?