We are about to the halfway point of the Obama administration. And what do we have to show for it? Are we better off than we were two years ago? Are we on the right track? Can the damage of this administration be reversed?
Congress is out of session so nothing will be done until after the election. The session after the election, known as a lame duck session, more accurately known as a lame Democrat session, will be forcing through spending bills for the fiscal year that began October 1. Will the Congress consider tax cuts? Most notably extending the Bush era tax cuts? The scenario could not be a better one for Democrats. They get to spend money like crazy, raise taxes by not even bringing up the issue, and when things go wrong will be able to blame someone else. What could be easier?
Can anyone effectively answer this question; does Russ Feingold deserve another term in the United States Senate?
Can he run on his record? In his current ads, he is once again trying to convince the voters that he is a maverick. He didn't like the bank bailout bill, so he voted against it. It passed anyway. Feingold was not a big fan of NAFTA. It passed anyway. Feingold does not like the patriot act. It passed anyway so how effective is this maverick voting? Not too good.
Is every election about the future? If they are, we must take a look at where we have come, the direction we are on currently, and where we want to go. A catch phrase which is often used is; are you better off than you were two years ago?
As bad as things were two years ago, we are not better off. Two years ago we had the near collapse of the financial system. We had a recession. We have rising unemployment. Where are we today? The financial system was bailed out. How close we were to complete collapse remains debatable. However, we are no longer in fear of financial system collapse. But what about everything else? Are we in a recession? Technically, no, but it does not feel like we're in a period of economic growth either. Unemployment remains extremely high from what we have gotten used to. Yes, even in the Bush years, unemployment was below 5%. 3 to 5% unemployment was considered full employment. Nowadays, unemployment rate of 9 to 10% is the new norm. Are we better off?
Democrats have long labeled the Republican Party as having no ideas. As he tried to push their legislative agenda through the Congress, they stifled any input from just about every Republican and then proclaimed that the Republicans had no input and no ideas.
If we take a look at the economy today, we can recollect that the Democrats did have some ideas for how to fix it and to get America working, but they all failed. None of them worked. They spent money like there was no limit, ballooned the deficit like there was no consequence, and pushed through thousand plus page laws like there was no accountability.
In a recent interview with the New York Times Magazine, President Barack Obama admitted that there are no shovel ready projects for the stimulus bill to fund. The admission seemed almost surprising that the president finally admitted what many of us have known for the past year and a half.
The liberal reaction was also on surprising. They were glad that the president was telling us the truth. Telling us the truth. Finally? For almost 2 years, President Obama stepped up to just about any lectern that was available and touted the success of his stimulus program. The shovels were getting ready to go underground. The shovel ready projects were ready. Cranes were appearing in the skyline. Then, after a year and a half of telling us about all the shovel ready projects that were going to be started, President Obama comes out on Labor Day and proposes-guess what-shovel ready projects.
This started out to be an interesting election cycle. It was going to be the resurgence of the conservative. It was going to be a referendum on Obama. It was going to be a wavy election. It was going to have surprise results. But as we get closer to election day, it could be turning out like everything else-full of apathy and disgust.
What started out as the return of the conservative and true fiscal hawk is turning into status quo. The true issues are being ignored again as candidates spend their money on muckraking, character assassination, and mudslinging. I was once excited about going to the polls this November. Now I'm wondering if I should even bother. For each office there seems to be a candidate who is only out to further his own self-interest. Another candidate is dishonest and will use public money to better his own standard. One candidate is dumb and the other results every time they open their mouth it becomes gaffe after gaffe. Which office and I talking about? It doesn't matter-they're all the same.
I did not know that there were so many climatologists in the country today. There seems to be quite a concentration of them even here in southeastern Wisconsin. They all seem to know quite a bit about global warming and how higher taxes will solve the problem.
Lefties on a pundit show last week were amazed that there are only 14% of the people in the Tea party I believe in global warming. They were astonished that it was that low, and I was equally astonished that it was that high. Did people forget about climate gate already? Are people aware of how weak their arguments actually are? If they believe they are being backed up by science.