Did anyone notice the humor of attendees at Monday’s inaugural lunch feasting on lobster while those who voted to keep this president in office are paying higher taxes on every cent they earn (see: Great Reasons to Hit Middle Income America With Tax Increases)? Some Obama voters are doubtless blaming their employers or the Republican Party because they know their man in the White House would never allow their taxes to go up.
How did our Republican Party become this beaten down relic playing chicken with Democrats bent on destroying the economy? Republicans seem to have convinced themselves that they are fighting a losing battle against public misperception and a hostile media, but they are also losing the fight they have been waging against their own ideology. Has the time finally come?
Remember the Republican Pledge to America, the conservative retort to the president’s failed American Promise (see: The Lie Behind the President’s American Promise)? The GOP contract talked about “unparalleled recklessness with taxpayer dollars,”¹ proclaiming:
The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated.²
Now we are hearing about frameworks for decision making.
What is it going to take to convince America that bad decisions at the polls have consequences? Rising unemployment, recession, and all manner of taxpayer abuse have done nothing to dissuade voters of the notion that Barack Obama is just as wise a choice as Mitt Romney. Both parties tell us that the middle class is what counts.
Americans have always hated the idea of a national health care system. Socialized medicine is even harder to choke down because it reeks of government control over an area where at best bureaucracy will make things horribly expensive and at worst can kill us. Most Americans have figured out by now that we don’t have to worry about socialized medicine and certainly not universal coverage.