As I've been scanning through letters to the editors I find myself asking the question, what is up with Democrats lately? It's as if they are totally ignoring what their own party is doing or living in an alternative reality or something. I wish I could understand their thinking because I find it puzzling.
Here are some examples of what I'm talking about.
The first is a letter to the editor entitled "Republicans facing a credibility problem". The first three paragraphs all go on to attack Bush who I agree was a bad president but let's not forget Bush is out of office and isn't running for anything that I'm aware of.
The letter by Stephen D. Clark starts off attacking Bush for his credibility on the war in Iraq, which for the record we are still fighting and Obama has so far stuck to the withdraw plan Bush drafted. One quick question on this is why if Bush and "rightist supporters" lack such credibility then why did Obama pick General "Betray Us" when he had to replace an existing general? Patraeus is the same person who left wingers over at MoveOn.org claimed was constantly at war with the facts" in his support of Bush's war.
Stephen then goes on with the following statement:
They say spending is out of control, and only Republicans will bring fiscal responsibility to tame the deficit. We’re expected forget that, before the current economic crisis, three consecutive Republican presidents decreased tax revenue while increasing spending to run up historical deficits. Former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, curbed the deficit.
Fair statement, however Clinton isn't the president nor is he running for president again. Obama is the president and what we are seeing now with Obama and full Democrat control of both houses is spending at rates far beyond anything we saw under the past three Republican presidents.
His statement also ignores the fact that the budget is created within the house before it makes it the president's desk and much of the time under those three Republican presidents we had Democrats holding the purse strings.
Given the choice of a bad republican who spends $10 billion wastefully or a bad Democrat spending $100 billion wastefully, I'd take the bad republican any day but I'd prefer someone who didn't waste anything.
Also if you look at facts such as voting records, you do stand a much higher chance of seeing a Republican vote for cutting spending then you do a Democrats despite the recent bad habits of the republicans who were voted out of office in 2006 and 2008.
So ok, we have one Democrat who's always writing the paper with left wing slanted letters ignoring Obama's spending while attempting to blast Republicans for it. Then I get to a comment attacking a young first time voter who came out supporting Frank Guinta for Congress.
The commenter going by the name "Nashuan" claims he was once a libertarian but refused to acknowledge what he considers himself now. He goes on to claim that Frank's ideas would not pass a "Constitutionality Test" and goes on to quote the ideas listed on Frank's website:
Here is a list of Franks pledges:
Enact a National Spending Cap Constitutional Amendment
Enact a Balanced Budget Amendment
Enact a simplified tax system that scraps the internal revenue code
End the "Stimulus" era of endless bailouts, wasteful spending and government ownership of private industry
Enact a Sunset Clause on all federal legislation
Open Up developing energy resources and removing roadblocks and barriers to resposible energy exploration on our soil and off our shores
Institute a complete audit of all federal agencies and programs to assess their Constitutionality, identify duplication, waste and inefficiencies
Encourage Job Growth through a series of permanent tax cuts and remove over-berdensome regulations
Repeal The Health Care and Education Reconcilliation Act of 2010 and reeplace it with free market solutions
Apply a Constitutionality Test to each bill brought before Congress
I asked Nashuan to explain to me which of those items listed would be bad ideas and why he (or she) thought they would not pass a Constitutionality test but so far the only response I received to the question was "Guinta is a piece of crap". Typical when you have no real response.
That brings us to the letter I saw printed today, "GOP refuses to credit Obama's accomplishments". Right from the get go I found myself shaking my head because it is the GOP after all blasting Obama for those "accomplishments". But it gets better. Evan Fulmer wrote the following:
Real tax cuts for the middle class, six straight months of job growth, health care reform, real/enforceable regulation on the greed of Wall Street – this is just a small list of promises kept.
So far, the president has made good on 120 campaign promises, according to PolitiFact.com.
PolitiFact.com is owned and operated by the St. Petersburg Times who described themselves in 2004 as "the more liberal voice of Tampa Bay" and who proudly admitted they have never once endorsed a Republican for president in any general election. Good source of fair and balanced information?
If you want a real laugh go over to PolitiFact.com and read through the list of 120 "accomplishments" that the GOP aren't crediting Obama with.
Get his Daughters a puppy
"The pledge is (Sasha and Malia) will get their dog, win or lose."
There's a major point, how on earth could the GOP not credit Obama for that one? (Rolls eyes)
Appoint at least one Republican to the cabinet
Interview with Steve Kroft of "60 Minutes": Question: "Will there be Republicans in the Cabinet?" Obama: "Yes." Question: "More than one?" Obama: "You're not getting any more out of me."
Wow, one Republican? Again how can the GOP not grovel and bow before Obama for that accomplishment?
But let's move on to the "accomplishments" that Evan points out that the GOP are refusing to credit Obama with...
"Real tax cuts for the middle class" No one's buying this any more except the extremely gullible. Even Obama himself has said he will be increasing taxes not cutting them. Obama and Democrats have already made the money your company spends on your health insurance taxable as part of your income. That alone is going to increase taxes on nearly everyone. Then there's the expiration of the Bush tax cuts which Democrats spin claiming it's not a tax increase because taxes are going back to what they were before. Want more then read THIS.
"six straight months of job growth" - Unemployment remains stagnant. Jan to March remained flat at 9.7%, it went up in April to 9.9% then back to 9.7% in may and June came in at 9.5% When you factor in the BILLIONS spent from the stimulus package that created temporary make work summer construction jobs that will eventually dry up you see a major failure, not the "accomplishment" you attempt to claim here.
"health care reform" -As I already pointed out the GOP has done nothing but talked about what Obama did to our health care industry with his "reform".
"real/enforceable regulation on the greed of Wall Street"- Bigger government, higher taxes and government audits of financial companies to assure they have the correct mix of races working there otherwise they'll be punished with fines. You can read the content of the bill HERE. Trust me on this one folks, just like the Housing Act of 1993 came back to bite us years later this bill will resurface for years to come and you can book mark this article mark my words because Democrats will turn around and attempt to claim Republicans created the problems just as they did with Bush and the Banking and housing problems that surfaced while he was president ignoring of course that they were being discussed even before Bush took office.
Evan doesn't even stop there though, continuing on with this gem:
We voted for change, and we have gotten a great deal of change – not socialism, not communism, but real action based on the will of the people.
I'm going to ignore the obvious here about Evan apparently not knowing what Socialism and Communism is but the will of the people? Obama continues to drop every day in favoribility polls and his Health Care Reform is as unpopular as ever. People wanted change but they didn't want they type of change Obama has forced on them.
But hey, if you agree with Evan and you see what Obama has done as "accomplishments" worth bragging about then I'm sure you'll agree with his last statement:
We need Paul Hodes, Carol Shea-Porter, John Lynch and all other Democrats now more then ever.
Sorry but no thanks, I'll take less government, lower taxes and more personal freedom and if I can't find that I'll at least settled for a lower case 'r' republican.