I’m waiting . . .
What am I waiting for? The answer to this question is clear and simple. For the past six years I’ve heard nothing from Republican circles, including Rushbo, my golfing buddies, the pundits and the Wall Street Journal to name a few, other than hostile, disruptive and wide-sweeping declarations that do nothing other than criticize our first (ahem) black president. Stated another way, nothing constructive has been put forth or postulated or mentioned by the right in its quest to defeat each and every thing Obama does, It is easy for a small child to say is “no” or “I don’t wanna.” The same has been true of die-hard Republicans. Everyone on the right rants incessantly about the deficit - passing on our frivolities to our children and grandchildren, etc. Instead, can we talk about financial conservatism based on fact?
President Obama, (yes, that Kenyan who Republicans claim to be after all our guns all the while leading us down the road to socialism and disaster of all sorts, imaginary or otherwise) has already driven the deficit down to three per cent of the aggregate economy from ten percent in 2009. As reported in today’s Business Insider, “Under Obama, the deficit is falling from 10% of GDP to 3% . . .but only 6% of America knows it. There's often a misconception that a democratic President would be more likely to raise these ratios by promoting big government. But the reality is quite the opposite . . . Obama has been one of the most effective presidents in American history to reduce deficit levels.” In similar fashion, Forbes.com. reports that the lowest percentage increase in federal spending since Eisenhower has been during Obama’s presidency and that the highest was under Reagan and Bush Junior.
Instead, the Republican Party — and not just its far-right wing — still pretends that cutting spending and lowering the deficit remain the country’s most urgent priorities. After the recent Tea Party-led fiasco which damn-near destroyed our American way of life, some leadership on the right appears to be emerging from the morass. Senator Orrin Hatch and other establishment senators believe that grown-ups would not threaten the country’s full faith and credit, or keep the government closed, in order to get their way. But I think more than preventing disaster is in order. I suggest that a responsible political party should do more than prevent a government default; it would offer serious solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems instead of making up facts. As the title of this blog states, “I’m waiting.”
Just saying . . .