Who Hijacked Our Country

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How Democrats can Win Back the House

That’s the title of this article by James Carville and Stan Greenberg.  They make the point that the middle class has pretty much fallen off Obama’s radar since his re-election.  My own top priorities are to protect (a) the environment and (b) the middle class from the corporate juggernaut.

These aren’t separate issues.  Whether it’s eliminating clean air/water protections and the Endangered Species Act, or giving more tax breaks and loopholes to the wealthiest one percent — at everyone else’s expense — both of these agendas are being pushed by the same shadowy billionaires and their useful idiots.

If I had to pick the two issues where I’m the least opinionated, it would be guns and immigration.  And this is where President Obama is spending most of his political capital.  And what has he gained?

The authors point out that Republicans have aliened key voters in regards to immigration, guns and the budget.  But they conclude with:

“But if Democrats want to take control of Congress, they must return to an issue that has disappeared since election night:  the ongoing struggles of the middle class.”

Bravo.  What are we waiting for?



Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Perhaps the Democrats are not interesting in the Middle Class either?

April 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

President Obama's brain-dead pushing of chained CPI, to screw those on Social Security, not just once but systematically from here on out, is a self-inflicted wound that could end up costing some Democrats their seats next year.

On the economy, I think Obama and his people are kind of in shock and overwhelmed by Republicans' continuing wall-to-wall obstruction, coupled with the effects of the budget sequester. From the White House, it must seem like trying to fight already dead zombies who won't fall down, and doing that in the midst of fire, floods and earthquakes.

To his credit, Obama has done some trade and executive-order things to shore up employment. At this point, unless his dinner strategy elicits some cooperation (fat chance), I think he and his people are at a loss for what to do.

What we're seeing on the economy, enviroment and almost everything else is tyranny of the minority. Unless voters step up and kick enough Republicans out of office, that tyranny will continue indefinitely.

April 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Remember this last election dems won more of the vote by like a million of them. The fact that GoOpers gerrymandered the hell out of the states they have huge majoritites in, will leave them there for a while it seems. PO doesn't have to have our votes anymore so we can be the peons like we typically are after an election.

April 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: They're interested in their careers and nothing else.

SW: Tyranny of the minority is exactly what this is. It'll get worse and worse unless enough voters start smartening up. And every time Obama caves in to the Right, he alienates the people who voted for him, without winning any friends in the GOP.

Jess: Yup, we're all peons until we get rediscovered in the spring of 2016.

April 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM  

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