Jul 19 2010
I have been saying since the NJ & VA blow out elections for governor in 2009 the Dems were in deep trouble for 2010. In fact, I predicted that the parameters of the stimulus bill rushed through congress in February 2009 would be the foundation of dramatic democratic failures in 2010. Here is what I wrote in April 2009:
This country will continue to bleed red ink at never before seen rates, and the economy will not be responding. The stimulus bill, has I have noted over and over, is not getting the money into the economy to generate jobs.
I suspect the bleak state of the sluggish federal governmentâ€™s liberal experiment on socialistic spending is heading for spectacular failure. The DC liberals actually do believe the fantasy that government spending can turn around an ailing economy, that racking up massive debt doesnâ€™t drain the capitol out of the markets, and that raising taxes on businesses doesnâ€™t cut jobs. I mean, they really did believe this fantasy!
And now they face the reality of a free market. They will see how impotent government pork compares to the American economic engine unleashed by reducing taxes and the burden of government. We will all see it.
Dick Morris noted important polling dataÂ in an article yesterday which illustrates the train wreck coming towards the DC democrats:
But beneath this superficial support, Obamaâ€™s specific policies run afoul of the very deeply felt convictions of American voters. For example, the most recent Rasmussen Poll asked voters if they wanted an economic system of complete free enterprise or preferred more government involvement in managing the economy. By 77-19, they voted against a government role, up seven points from last month.
By 62-20, they said government spending, under Obama, was â€œout of control.â€
When we complete this summer of economic wreckage, those numbers will not be stuck just to abject policies. They will be firmly attached to Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the Democrats who believed in those nonsensical liberal fairy tales about governmentâ€™s role in free economies. They will, rightfully, be blamed for both not fixing the economy AND for uselessly wasting more taxpayer money in a year than any clowns in history have ever done.
Emphasis mine – and that was April 2009!
I knew the stimulus bill would fail because I knew the government cannot ‘turn on’ massive spending immediately. While there may be projects out there technically ready, the fact is the government paper work required to move money, expand scope and change schedules is incomprehensible. I have spent the last two years helping the government define a project to upgrade a major national asset. The asset exist and is not new. The job it does is well known and performed everyday. The existing system is out-dated and risks falling apart from lack of spare parts. And yet here we sit here 2 years in, still waiting to get started. This is the norm of government programs. This is considered speedy.
This is why it took so long for the federal bureaucracy to respond to the oil spill. Bureaucrats think of why things should not be done, not how to get them done (they hire private contractors for that side). Bureaucrats comb endless libraries of outdated and wasteful policy and procedure to make sure every single rule ever conceived is addressed. That is how they make a living. Their job is to slow the process and cross check everything through committees and reports no one reads.
So it was no a surprise that the stimulus bill would fail to stimulate for years after its passage. Apparently all that unemployment money added to the bill was to give the bloated and sluggish bureaucracy time to produce results. Which is why Dems are still begging for unemployment money, trying to buy time for something which will never happen under their policies – a recovery.
I predicted this when the bill passed and underscored my prediction inÂ many posts since passage. All that time the media and the Democrats were in deep denial, confident the liberal fiction really was true. Confident in their naive concept of replacing the world’s leading economy with the mediocrity of bureaucrats in government offices – playing the all-knowing, all-seeing gods of personal success. The Dems have been attempting to replace an economy that is the best of all human history, one that raised the standard of living of all the people to unforeseen heights.
Who in their right mind could ever contemplate trading a vibrant economy for bureaucrats? And yet the Dems did. Their liberal media groupies followed suit, and it is only now that they have fully realized the depth of their errors.
Under pressure, the Democrats are cracking. On both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, there is a realization that Nancy Pelosi’s hold on the speakership is in true jeopardy; that losing control of the Senate is not out of the question; and that time, once the Democrats’ best friend, is now their mortal enemy. Since January, when Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat, the President’s party has tried to downplay in public what its pollsters have been saying in private: that Obama’s alienation of independents and white voters, along with the enthusiasm gap between the right and the left, means that Republicans are on a trajectory to pick up massive numbers of House and Senate seats, perhaps even to regain control of Congress.
This should not be a surprise. If you take your car to the shop and spend $1500 dollars and it comes out in worst shape you fire that shop and find one that can actually fix your car. If you are sold an exaggerated investment, which turns out on closer inspection to be a dud which loses you money, you avoid the person who conned you out of your money like the plague. No matter how they promise to make it right the Â next time, asking for more money to try again, you walk away and look someplace else.Â And if you can, you turn the scoundrels in and hope their is still justice in the world someplace. But no matter what, you never deal with those people or groups again.
So why is this normal human response considered unbelievable when it comes to failed politicians?Â It seems the delusions of the left know no bounds. It seems the Dems feel they can screw up and screw us until a certain date on the calender, and then their silver (forked) tongues will lift them out of harms way!
What has kept the easily panicked denizens of Capitol Hill from open revolt until now was a shared confidence that there was still plenty of time to turn things around, and that the White House had a strategy to do just that.
The two-part scheme was pretty straightforward. First, Democrats planned a number of steps to head off, or at least soften, the anti-Washington, anti-incumbent, anti-Obama sentiment that cost them the Massachusetts seat. Pass health care, and other measures to demonstrate that Democrats could get things done for the middle class; continue to foster those fabled green shoots on the economy, harvesting the positive impact of the massive economic stimulus bill passed early in the Administration; heighten the contrast between the two parties by delivering on Wall Street reform and a campaign-funding law to counteract January’s controversial Supreme Court decision. Use all of those elements to contrast the Democrats’ policies under Obama with the Republicans’ policies under Bush, rather than allow the midterms to be a referendum on the incumbent party.
How egotistical can you get? I have seen this strange thinking many times in government contracting. It still boggles the mind it has not been rooted out as borderline insane. Instead producing quality results, people simply start shoveling their BS faster expecting volume to count more than quality. It is a strange human behavior that accelerates digging the hole in expectations the hole will be filled and avoided.
Anyway, as the horrible output from Dems kept piling up, the American people kept getting more and more fed up. Until now when it is clear the Dems will likely lose the House, a historic number of governor seats and many state legislatures. Now we have reached the point where even a GOP 10 seat pick up in the Senate is not considered impossible.
And why is America rejecting the Democrat brand? We don’t like it, want it or (truth be told) need it to succeed. We would be better off without it. It’s that simple.