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Middle America is Disillusioned with Left and Right

November 10, 2009

“Disillusioned” is the word that best describes how many Americans feel after eight years of George Bush and the election of Barack Obama a year ago.  Republicans had a majority in Congress and the Presidency, yet achieved little for Middle America.  They betrayed voters by inflating the deficit and growing government, sending men and women into nation-building wars whose purposes are still unknown, and created a culture of moral and ethical corruption in Washington D.C.  It was under lax and pathetic regulatory oversight that a Republican President and Republican Congress allowed corporations to betray shareholders with questionable and highly leveraged credit default swaps, only to be followed by a $787 billion taxpayer bailout created by the Bush administration and a resulting $12 trillion debt today—so much for limited government.  Republicans are now a party without a message and without a messenger.

The recent election results in Virginia and New Jersey, where Republican candidates for governor triumphed over their Democrat opponents, say more about the public’s rejection of Obama’s big government solutions and less about Republicans articulating a message to help Middle America.  If Republicans think the public is embracing the party again, they are simply whistling past the graveyard and completely out of touch with the needs of Middle America.

Not that Democrats are offering any worthwhile solutions to address the most pressing needs of Middle America—job creation—but at least Democrats are intellectually honest about their desire for big government, universal healthcare, taxpayer-funded abortions, labor union power, and a litigious society for plaintiff lawyers to sue the public.  There is something, dare I say “refreshing and frank” about knowing where Democrats are on important policy issues, whereas Republicans pretend to be something they are not.

It is time for the Republican party to stop blindly supporting for the business community and begin addressing the issues that impact Middle America—job creation, affordable healthcare, and quality public education for its children.  Republicans are a one-trick-pony, where “tax cuts” are its solution for all of Middle America’s problems.  The party cannot articulate rational policy solutions to the real problems Americans face.

Take healthcare for instance; the Republican solution has been health savings accounts (HSAs).  Really?  We can’t get people to save money in IRAs, never mind HSAs.  Why don’t Republicans push to allow consumers to shop for healthcare across state lines, require everyone to have healthcare, and prohibit insurers from rejecting consumers with pre-existing conditions?  Instead, Republicans have failed to provide any meaningful solutions to the 10% annual increase in the cost of healthcare, which is suffocating American families and small businesses.  Republicans have ceded the issue to Democrats, who have now put a big-government solution on the table.

If Democrats have any hope of maintaining power, they too need to put viable answers on the table for Middle America, where people care a hell of a lot more about jobs and the economy than government-run healthcare, union card check, the protection of gays from hate crimes, and cap and trade.  Both parties have failed miserably to address the needs of Middle America, which I suppose is why I feel so disillusioned with both parties.

A. Muser

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2009 10:34 AM

    You are so right about the republicans having no message and no messenger. Blog on brother.

  2. renl67 permalink
    November 19, 2009 11:24 AM

    FYI: The Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, which gutted the SEC’s power to regulate Credit Default Swaps, was signed into law by President Clinton.

    The Clinton Administration had a lot of pro-business people in it like Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, etc.

    This Act, which sowed the seeds for the disaster of 2008, was pushed by Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan, and Phil Gramm. (It also sowed the seeds for the Enron disaster too.) And Clinton signed it. It was truly a bipartisan disaster.

    You ask why didn’t the GOP push purchase of health plans across state lines???

    That was what McCain proposed in his 2008 campaign. But he didn’t win.

    The GOP still favors that. They have also proposed block grants to enable states to provide their own health care plans for those with pre-existing conditions (though this clearly conflicts with the notion of portability across state lines). But they have no chance of getting any of that through a heavily liberal Dem Congress.

    On the other hand, the GOP base is against Government mandates of any kind.

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