Is it the season, the now-traditional December battle over extending unemployment benefits, fiscal doomsday returning on January 15, or Friday’s deadline for legislators to accomplish the impossible and agree on spending? Whichever you choose, the White House is making sure income inequality is front and center as the midterm battle lines are drawn.
Being thankful is wearing thin. So is being reminded of how thankful we should be, a hard thing to avoid this time of year. Our tradition is to be grateful for what we have, no matter what. Is that why so many Americans still support the policies of a president who keeps telling us how much we have lost without doing anything to get it back?
With federal debt and spending relegated to congressional backwaters until our fiscal crisis returns next year, needy special interests are back in the spotlight. By now you would think that even liberals would be tired of hearing Democrats ramble on about the needy.
Don’t expect much change in the number of terminally unemployed when the September jobs report comes out on Tuesday (Update: 4.1 million, “little changed” says the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Month after month over four million people have reached the 27 week benchmark, jobless long enough to end their prospects for finding work.
The only thing that scares Democrats worse than the Tea Party and Republicans more than Barack Obama seeking a third term is fixing America’s debt. If you are a liberal Democrat in Congress you expect Washington to spend and spend often.
Washington needed a new buzzword for a political lie. Demands for immigration reform finally clued everyone in that “bipartisan” was a clever misnomer meaning only a handful of Republicans agree with a bad idea endorsed by Democrats. Now the shutdown and another debt ceiling faceoff have brought us “negotiate.”
It seems a tad ironic that Democrats feel justified insinuating Republicans don’t care about children. The GOP invariably embraces a pro-life agenda while Democrats champion the right to choose, something lost on Harry Reid as he warns of the beating our nation’s children are taking because nanny state social programs are suddenly out of commission during the shutdown.