Aug 16 2009
Liberals came to DC thinking America would allow them to indulge in their most extreme left wing fantasies. They horribly misread the public’s mandate when they threw the GOP out of power and gave President Obama and a Democrat led Congress a chance to prove they could solve problems. As usual, a party dominated by the zealots on the extremes always creates more problems than not. History is about to repeat itself.
The GOP did not lose because of Iraq – that has been a hard won success and no one in their right mind thinks the world was better off with Saddam Hussein in place in the heart of the Arab Muslim world, conniving with terrorists of all forms and types (and he did that for sure). After years of war since 9-11 (and everyone who knew what they were talking about said this effort would extend beyond even two Bush terms) we have the cancer of Islamo Fascism encircled and fighting for its life back in its birth place in the mountainous region covering southern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan. The Taliban and al Qaeda are on the run, and only a far left liberal would say this is a bad thing. Their evil was spreading into Muslim Arab communities, it was amazing we were able to turn the tide, because now al Qaeda is the enemy of Islam in Iraq, not its future. America supports Obama’s continuation of Bush policies in Iraq – clearly America sees Iraq differently than the echo chambers of DC.
The GOP stepped too far in their successes, and paid the price. That is where they lost the American electorate. They destroyed comprehensive immigration reform twice, leaving our country with the same growing problems which have been taxing our resources for decades. They became corrupt power brokers, spending more time reaping the rewards of power than using that power to solve problems. They had become preachy and insulting to all who disagreed with them. They were insufferable – to put it mildly. And they therefore lost elections in stunning defeats in 2006 and 2008. It was not a minor shift, their insults thrown at the centrists did a lot of damage, damage that has to this day not been corrected.
When President Obama ran for office he ran as a non-partisan, center of the road, ‘let’s role up are sleeves as Americans and solve problems’ type. That was the “Hope”, that we would “Change” from partisan zealots running amok. As did most of the Democrats in Congress who benefited from the ‘throw the insufferable GOP bums out’ mood and took over GOP districts and conservative leaning states (like VA).
Did the Democrats and President Obama keep their word? Did they govern in a non-partisan manner? Hell no! They did the same things that got the GOP tossed out on its ear. They became insufferable know-it-alls who knew nothing of what America wanted. They ran on wild, unproven political theories that no one in real America supports.
Case in point – the bogus stimulus package which had no ‘stimulus’ in it but was filled with endless pork. It was advertised as a way to create jobs now, but it was actually a liberal smorgasbord of projects and payoffs (turns out many of its programs are union only jobs) that would not come on line until next year. Here is the status of the spending across 6 government entities, two of which were the premier job creating departments (at least that was what the DC liberals claimed).
In the first graph there are 4 sets of columns showing: (from left to right) (1) the amount budgeted for stimulus programs for that organization, (2) the amount allocated to to date to specific programs, (3) the amount actually spent to date creating jobs and (4) the amount left unspent from the total budget. (click image to enlarge)
The second chart translates the dollar amounts for the last three sets of columns in the previous chart into percentages of the budgeted amounts for each organization, showing what is the percent allocated, spent and unspent.Â (again, click image to enlarge)
- $105 billion was budgeted for job creation efforts across the 6 organizations (1/3rd of all job creating stimulus programs in the stimulus bill)
- Nearly 1/3rd, or $33 billion, has been allocated to programs (the only bright spot in this bleak picture)
- Just under 2% has been spent creating jobs, which totals $1.9 billion
- Over 98% of the money, or $103 billion of the money budgeted for job creation, has yet to make its way out of the federal bureaucracy.
As has been the case since February when this bill passed, the job creation money isÂ stuck in the bowels of the federal government. That is why the job market has stayed bad all summer, and why it will probably take another small dive this fall once the summer job bubble ends. The stimulus hasn’t stimulating anything but record deficits, 4 times the level of President Bush’s worst year:
Americans are becoming fed up with the liberals in DC – who do more shouting at, and insulting of, America’s center than they do in solving the nation’s problems. It is so bad the American people are ready to stop the only major legislative win for the Dems in its tracks, and demand instead the feds ‘return’ the stimulus money to the people and let them spend and stimulate the economy and jobs:
With improvements in the economy and only a fraction of the stimulus money having been spent so far, most Americans — 72 percent — say returning the unused portion of the $787 billion dollar stimulus to taxpayers would do more to boost the economy than having the government spend it. Majorities of Democrats (59 percent), Republicans (87 percent) and independents (70 percent) think the money should be returned to taxpayers.
(H/T Ed Morrissey) Not only is there a massive majority of independents (centrists) ready to junk the stimulus mess, even a majority of democrats are ready to walk away from this liberal fantasy. 28% verses 72%, the liberals verses everyone else. The only way to get ‘everyone else’ lined up in firm opposition is to go so far people have to oppose. As a nation we tend to tolerate a lot of well meaning screw ups, but it is very possible to go beyond this tolerance zone, and the liberal leaders of the Democrats have done just that.
But the liberals are also about to lose on their signature nightmare fantasy – government run health care. The backlash has been so broad and deep against the government run option, and handled so badly by President Obama’s young and inexperienced team, that Democrat leaders themselves are starting to lay the ground work for the defeat of a ‘government option’ in any health care bill:
After the toughest week yet for health reform, leading Democrats are warning that the party likely will have to accept major compromises to get a bill passed this year â€“ perhaps even dropping a proposal to create a government-run plan that is almost an article of faith among some liberals.
But the signs were everywhere this week that Democrats, stung and seemingly caught by surprise by the vehemence of the opposition to President Barack Obamaâ€™s overhaul plans, were already gaming out September and what it would take to get a bill to Obamaâ€™s desk.
Writing in a Washington Post op-ed, Democratic strategist Paul Begala, who is close to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, warned progressives against turning their backs on reform if it doesnâ€™t include everything they want. As a former consultant to Clinton during the health care battle, Begala said he carries “a heavy burden of regret from my role in setting the bar too high the last time we tried fundamental health reform.” He had urged Clinton to veto any bill short of guaranteeing universal health care.
Even the administration is publicly walking away (sometimes) from the public option.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says Obama still believes there should be choice and competition” in the health insurance market â€” but that a public option is “not the essential element.”
If the pressure keeps up in the Town Halls and the polls keep dropping, this ‘ground work’ will become part of history’s record.
Update: More reports that the government takeover of health care is DOA – along with government run death panels. – end update.
An the dominoes of liberal failure may not stop here. There are also cracks beginning to form in the the crackpot plan to tax energy to reduce global warming (which has not been around for over ten years now).
The U.S. Senate should abandon efforts to pass legislation curbing greenhouse-gas emissions this year and concentrate on a narrower bill to require use of renewable energy, four Democratic lawmakers say.
â€œThe problem of doing both of them together is that it becomes too big of a lift,â€ SenatorÂ Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas said in an interview last week. â€œI see the cap-and-trade being a real problem.â€
Removal of the government run option from health care reform, repeal of the failed stimulus bill and a permanent delay on the truly silly idea of taxing energy to change the Earth’s massive and complex climate system. I doubt liberals could take so many losses, which is why I expect them to come out angry and arrogant – and seal those very same losses for prosperity.