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The Real Reason for Obstruction

A lot has been written about the Democrats desire to block everything the Republicans are trying to accomplish in the Senate.  (In the House there seems to be no issue, as their parliamentary rules do not seem to be as puzzlingly twisted and stupid as the Senate rules.)

Whatever side people come down on the various issues, there is no debating that the Democrats see it as their mission to block each and every proposal offered by the Administration or Senate Republicans, regardless of the merit of the proposal, and to criticize everything that the Administration or Senate Republicans do and say.  There is likewise no denying the chilling global effects of this dastardly obstructionism, as the Democrats continue to soil the image of the United States abroad by attacking and smearing the President and all Republicans.

Anyone observing the United States from the outside looking in would conclude that we are comprised of a dictator leading a gang of thugs who are trying to kill innocent people here and around the world, and taking all the money from the poorest and enriching a few elite people.

How sad.

Truly sad.

And all of this is not because there is an ounce of truth to it, but it's because of a minority of elected officials who have decided that instead of winning the hearts and minds of the American citizens through passioned debates on their principles, they will ram their thoughts into the minds of Americans through a constant barrage of negative attacks on our country's leaders.

These people will literally do anything to regain the power they lost, because power is their end goal, not the lofty ideals they espouse.

And if you ever examine their personal behavior in comparison to what they preach, you will find that they always do the opposite of it.  For example, I find it interesting that Democrats like Jon Corzine from NJ, who represents dangerously extreme anti-business views, is in the Senate in the first place because he was so successful in his Wall Street enterprises that he was able to fund his campaigns using millions of dollars from -- big business.  This type of contradiction is rampant among leading Democrats.

Our country's Republican leaders have the majority in the House and Senate, and hold the White House, because the majority of Americans AGREE with them and their positions.  And these are the people who the Democrats think we should all hate.  Hate.

Why is it that they don't lay out their own agenda for a prosperous and peaceful future?

How come instead of viciously attacking our leaders they don't simply explain -- logically -- to this country (and the world) what we should be doing differently?

Where are their proposals for beating terrorism?  (Do they even agree that the terrorists are bad people?  I question that often.)

Where are their proposals for stopping illegal immigration? (Perhaps the biggest threat to this country.)

For Social Security?

Tax reform?

Medicare?

Anything?

All of this contradiction and befuddling lack of vision among the Democrats is what prompts many to attempt to understand it.  Pundits the world over have tried to comprehend the confusing Democrat actions, and if you think about it, has kept the liberal spin masters from having a truly effective set of talking points.

This is where I come to my take on matters.

Ultimately, the Democrats want to regain power and control, and to do that, they need to lead their supporters to the voting booth with an agenda that will help their constituents.  Plus, that agenda needs to be different from what the Republicans offer, because otherwise there is no contrast.  Might as well keep the current leadership in charge, unless there's a difference.

And that's the problem.  The Republicans are laying out reform in key areas that helps all of the typically Democratic citizenry.

Think about it in terms of the Social Security reform:  who really gains from the Republicans' private savings accounts?

The answer is that the poorest Americans do!  And if there was a Democrat in the White House, I have a feeling that's exactly what the Democrats would be saying.

"Moderate" Senate Democrats and Republicans are currently negotiating a deal that would replace private savings accounts with another type of private account in which people would be able to fund their accounts with personal pre-tax income, but separate from Social Security taxes.  (By the way, I absolutely hate the term "moderate", because in modern politics that has come to mean "spineless leader who changes their positions based on the latest poll results, rather than sticking to a set of principles.")

The problem with this approach is that it hurts the poorest of citizens.  These are the people who can't afford to have extra money taken out of their paychecks, and therefore participation -- and the associated benefit -- would be very low.  Naturally, the more money one makes, the more they would benefit from this plan.

Therefore, the only plan the Democrats would get behind is one that is bad for one of their supposedly biggest support groups -- poor Americans.  The same poor Americans who, according to what is implied by Democrats, are too dumb to figure out whether to select investment option "A", "B", or "C" that the government would permit in a private savings account.

Private savings accounts are a really great way to help generations of poor Americans get free from the chains of big government, and free to choose how to dispose their own money, but the Democrats don't want to do that, because that would mean supporting a Republican plan, and hence would not help them get back into power.

If one were to run down the list of all the important things Republicans are offering these days, it is easy to imagine that if the Democrats were in power, they would be supportive of the very same concepts.

I think people subconsciously feel that, and it really takes the blow out of all the Democrat muster and noise.

So what should the Dems do?

First, they need new leadership.  Badly.  And they need to stop cow-towing to their fringe supporters, because as they try to appease all of these various wacko groups, they cannot possibly form a coherent message.  Besides, the wackos will continue to support the Democrats anyway.

They need someone who genuinely supports middle-ground issues, like Hillary is trying to do.  (But Hillary is obviously putting on a show to make it appear she supports middle-ground issues, so she will not fit the bill.  They need someone fresh, like Barack Obama from Illinois, although I'm not sure he's centrist enough.  We'll see.)

Most of all, they need to figure out what their principles are, and stand firm on them.  And those principles need to be very specific, so that people can easily understand and recite them.

Lastly, they need to do what is obviously most painful for them -- support Republican measures that they believe in, and stop attacking everything Republican. 

Like the boy who cried "wolf" too many times, nobody knows when Democrats really don't like an issue, and when they just don't like the person who supports it.

6 Comments:

  • Very well written, Todd. You not only have a great lotto site with powerful tools and great features but also have clear insight to the world around you. So many young people are too caught up in themselves to see what is happening to ther own life and the lives of their offspring for years to come.
    It a is a shame but most of the people we elect and send to Washington D.C. spend the rest of their time there trying to insure they will be elected again. Truth and honor, quickly replaced by lies and greed.
    ez

    By takeitez, at 12:21 PM

  • I don't believe in the personal savings accounts no matter who sponsers them. Thieves are thieves.. who would bail us out if someone got greedy and stole our money? This same thing was tried in great Britain..the people who bought into the plan are now living in poverty. I may not ever have much but at least I get to spend MY OWN money..Any Program like this that is pushed the way the President is pushing it..I have my doubts..I feel that he is looking for a way to bail out the huge deficits he has created and if he can get the American public to believe in his plan, that just gives the government more of my money to spend. The reason Social Security is in such sad shape is that the government can't keep its hands out of the pie. The Bible is very fulfilling with prophesies that are coming to be true..In the last days there will be the haves and the have nots..There is no way you can keep writing checks for money you don't have.

    By Littleoldlady, at 9:22 PM

  • I respect your opinion, but I disagree. The Bush plan was NOT tried in Great Britain, but it WAS tried in Chile. When it was first introduced there, starting in the late 70's, many politicians initially used the same scare tactics that are being employed here. And as a result of the liberal scare tactics, only about 20% of people enrolled in it.

    But fast forward to today, the plan is an outright success, and you find about 93% participation - because of how incredibly successful it is. 93% of the people would not participate in something that doesn't work.

    Littleoldlady, hopefully someday you will see the virtue of the plan. What you're talking about with the government getting its hands on your money -- you're describing the CURRENT Social Security system. In the current system, there is no separate funds: the government lumps your SS money in with the rest of the federal funds, and spends it on whatever they want. That is the evil that Bush is trying to get AWAY from.

    The new program being pushed by the Bush administration does the OPPOSITE of that. The money that goes into the savings plan is YOUR money -- not the government's -- and unlike Social Security, when you die, the remaining money in the account goes to your heirs. What do you think happens to your SS money when you die? That's right, you can die at one day over retirement, and every penny of your hard-earned money is distributed to everyone else. How you have twisted such a great plan as the President's savings plan into thinking the government has your money -- well, I don't understand it. It sounds to me like you're buying into the AARP scare tactics.

    Respectfully,
    Todd

    By Todd, at 9:38 PM

  • This post is one man's opinion, an opinion that is the cause of Americas problems. Talk about the smell of redneck, myopic, one-sidedness. It makes me, a devout democrat, boiling mad to hear such a wrong headed direction as expressed by this one opinion.

    By jporter, at 6:57 AM

  • Calling me a "redneck" is not only laughable (anyone who knows me could easily attest to that), but also goes to show that you possess the typical liberal mentality that you can attach stereotypical labels and names to people as long as they don't fit into one of the "politically protected" groups. For example, Mr. Devout Democrat, would you address a homosexual as "the smell of a f**"?

    The fact that you're "boiling mad" is most likely because you cannot argue with the inescapable logic of what I wrote. In fact, I think that's one of the key reasons so many of your shrinking political party are jumping ship to either become an Independent or a Republican. They see past the distortions and outright lies that they are being fed, and are often shocked to find that their political party has turned into a monster.

    And yes, what I wrote is one man's opinion, but the thoughts and ideas of which I wrote are shared by the majority of Americans, even if they cannot find the words to express it. Maybe if you were a little more open-minded and stopped being brainwashed by the elite media (or whatever early influence in life caused you to become a "devout democrat"), you could free yourself from the bonds of your party and join the ranks of the enlightened.

    Good luck to you.

    -Todd

    By Todd, at 8:58 AM

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