George Washington managed to do his job with a Cabinet of four. Barack Obama has more than twenty Cabinet and Cabinet-rank officials. Our president has demonstrated a knack for assembling Cabinet members that parrot his vision for America. Their talents are varied.
Enough talk about the gloves coming off. They have been off for months. The only difference now is that Republicans can stop wasting time directing their attacks at each other, and can focus their attention on someone infinitely more deserving of conservative bile than other Republicans.
When did we decide it would be a good idea for our government to be in the birth control business? The uproar over contraceptives, religion, and the health care law distracted Congress from the reality of revisiting the payroll tax cut, battling over the budget, dealing with long-term unemployment, and plotting how best to stall any semblance of progress until after the 2012 election.
Democrats have been soiling themselves over Citizens United ever since the January 2010 decision opened corporate America’s coffers to election spending. Pushing for the failed Disclose Act to nullify the decision, the president claimed Citizens United would ruin our system of government:
A vote to oppose these reforms is nothing less than a vote to allow corporate and special interest takeovers of our elections.
When Barack Obama sold taxpayers the Recovery Act in 2009 budget deficits from recovery spending were expected to soar to nearly $800 billion.¹ The spending came with lofty ambitions, so lofty that the hype made the expense sound worthwhile:
This Act is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, save and create millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so that our country can thrive in the 21st century.²
Firings, contraception, immigration, gay marriage, and one-upping conservative values. Had enough? GOP candidates are sounding a little less attractive to Republican voters every time they open their mouths, but the alternative is grimmer than we dare to consider. By the time this winds up in Tampa and the gloves come off for the real battle against the Democratic machine will anyone still be listening?
If self-righteousness and sanctimony created prosperity, America would be thriving beyond our wildest dreams. There would be no worries about Medicare, Social Security, or debt. Full employment would be the norm, instead of an abandoned memory. Billions in social spending would be unnecessary.