Friday, March 6, 2009

We Support Rush; Obama's Policies Should Fail

The conservative (politically Republican) folks who have been in office for the last eight years have failed America.

Their leader, George W Bush, told us that we had a healthy economy, that we were not in a recession - -“our economy is strong, it's productive and it's prosperous." George W. Bush, January 30, 2007. Then towards the end of 08 we were told that we actually have been in a recession since the end of 07; even though the administration was in a position in which they could have and should have known where our economy was headed, they simply continued to keep their head in the sand and failed to act.

Under the past Republican Administration spending increased and revenues declined; on top of this, adding to the deficit by conducting a war of their choosing that was never funded - - the national debt grew from $6 trillion to $10.6 trillion. They have touted free markets and the benefits of capitalism, allowing financial institutions and markets to operate without regulated boundaries, all of their philosophies of which have failed. They ignored the common folks, then as now, by giving tax breaks to those who do not need it - -a $1.35 trillion tax cut - - and ignoring those who could boost our economy the most - - as oxymoronic as it sounds, it’s not trickle-down that works; it’s trickle-up that works. Conservatives talk about socialism by referring to it in an untruthful and derogatory way as Communism, and Marxism, when their free market philosophy simply failed America. They are against improving health care by socialistic means and prefer the invisible hand of capitalism and free market; the very thing that got us where we are today - - why do they simply want to repeat their failed policies? Everyone rushed to Washington, McCain even breaking away from his campaigning in urgency, to caucus and pass as quickly as possible a bail-out for Wall Street; yet, when it came down to a bail-out for Main Street the Republicans became indignant and complained it simply cost too much, when in fact the stimulus (US$789 billion) did not cost that much more than that of the Wall Street bail-out, which authorized the United States Secretary of the Treasury to spend up to US$700 billion to purchase distressed assets. And we had a Social Security surplus when Bush took office, we don’t have a surplus now.

The Bush Administration has had many failures or failures to act: scant job creation, unemployment high and rising - - from 4.2% when Bush took office to 7.2% - - declining real median incomes, record budget deficits, record home foreclosures, a large trade deficit, no energy policy, no health care policy, and increasing poverty rates, among other problems: Bush’s legacy has been eight years of descent.

President Obama has been in office for around five to six weeks and is trying to put into place things that might turn our economic crisis around. Obama’s reaction is one where the government is going to intercede and take control. Something the past Administration should have done a long time ago. Instead, Republicans, the Conservative mindset, depended on capitalist and the free market to solve the problem, which by the way they want to continue to do to this day. That’s the republican response to this crisis. It did not work over the past eight years, so please tell me, other than the free market plan, what is their plan?

Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Jon Arthur, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Neal Boortz, Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Jay Severin, et al. all have said implicitly, or as Limbaugh’s and a blogger on Lighthouse Blog have said explicitly, they hope this administration will “FAIL!!!!!” In effect they are saying that they hope the American people will fail to fulfill sustainable economic lives.

The aforementioned political dissenters all have said despicable things; they lack civility, and take the perverse side of things. They do not do the Republican Party or America any good, there is no benefit that can be derived from their rant, and they cause unacceptable polarity. The only benefit derived from their hyperbole is the promotion of their talk show.

"I'm in the business of ticking people off, that’s why I'm chairman," said Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. He like Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, and all of the others, and many Republican politicians have the same mindset.

Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, has said “Yes, we wrote the bill. Yes, we won the election.” Many Democrats are of the same mindset.

Democrats and Republicans, political and layman alike, treat each other as if they are in combative opposition to each other, a win-lose mentality, treating each other as the enemy.

Dissension, hate, and divisiveness are not the direction in which we should head if we really want to solve any problem; “United we stand, divided we fall” - - “The team that stays together, plays together, and succeeds together” - - “The family that prays together stays together - - should be the attitude and mantra call. What this country is in desperate need of is new ways of thinking in cooperative and transformational thinking, ridding ourselves of taking intransigent positions or that negotiation is analogous to appeasement, looking forward to making beneficial changes over time, compassion and civility.