An important date just passed and unless you’re plugged into the ARRA funding stream it will go unnoticed. The Recovery or Bailout (depending on what side of the aisle you sit on) has officially ended. If you listen to economists the “Great Recession” is over!
Republicans are now sounding like Democrats as they scream “we can do it better.”
This is just a hot mess. the last time there was this much upheaval was during Bill Clinton’s first term when the Democratic House and Senate went to Republicans after decades of Democratic dominance.
Clinton was written off as a lame duck, soon- to- be- cast into the dustpan of history, a failed presidency, another (gasp) Jimmy Carter!
But something happened to Republicans on their way to governing. They actually had to put up or shut up.
The Republicans and President Clinton compromised their way towards major changes ending “welfare as we know it” and leaving us with a surplus. That seems like a lifetime ago, as average people struggle to remain in place… in some cases, that place may be their home.
Perhaps the best thing that could happen to President Obama is for the Republicans to take control of the House and Senate by slim margins. With no one party in absolute control of the process maybe they’ll get something done.
Compromise was the key to the successes of President Bill Clinton that led to his second term.
So, while I see many of my Democratic friends pre-wringing their tear stained hankies in anticipation of major losses in the House and Senate, fear not because this may be the best thing that can happen.
Voters should give Republicans the U.S. House of Representatives and United States Senate and let President Obama use his mighty presidential veto pen, the ultimate power of the presidency.
If Republicans really think that giving major companies and high earning individuals tax breaks can create jobs, let’s find out. Let the Republicans present a plan of action and let’s gauge whether these companies really create new jobs. If they don’t, assess them with the tax they would have paid.
Democrats, give the Republicans this hot mess and watch them work with the president because they want to get re-elected in the next cycle — which will also be time for Mr. Obama to run for re-election.
October 4, 2010