Like it or not, or any way you look at it campaign 2012 is kicking off. It is all but certain that Mitt Romney will challenge Barrack Obama for President of the United States, and it seems likely that it’s going to be a knock down drag out campaign as well. Consider if you will the two difference’s of philosophy being presented to the american people. The current administration that says it does not want to abandon the people, realizing that the only way to assure a national recovery is to get people back to work, raise confidence and get folks buying again. Then there is the Republican side that feels that the only way to assure that we get back on our feet is let business do their thing, slash taxes for the rich, and deregulating business, and Wall Street. Raising the confidence of corporate America equates to getting people back to opening business and getting people back on the job.
Well, that has not been the case so far. Instead, business, and the Rich have hoarded money, and repressed getting people working again. The idea that the Rich are the driving force to a national recovery seems the weaker argument in as much that the recovery remains weak, and the main reason some folks are back to work is because they are back on the assembly line. That has served suppliers well too, thus we are seeing people returning to a job. The only problem is that wages have been slashed hard, and people are making less. They are not buying higher price items, and with gas prices raising at the pump, and lower wages, the economy is showing signs of a slow down. The hope of course by Democrats is that we are not returning to a recession. Republicans would like nothing more. Right now an America in recession is their best friend and they can point to the failures of Obama and the Democrats.
The Republicans worse enemy however, is the far-right-wing philosophy sweeping their party. Conservatism is not all that bad. I think all of us might lean a little right as we grow older. But the idea that the only way to prosperity is through slash and burn budget cuts, primarily directed at the poor and middle class, while opening the doors wide for the richest of the rich to profit at the little guys expense is not my perception of economic recovery. The Party also has to deal with changing tide of a once moderate party to a more radical ultra conservative perception led by the Tea Party within the Republican Party. It is an obvious internal battle that is no doubt going to be carried to the convention floor and will make great fodder for avid political watch dogs like myself.
However, politics can become quite dangerous. If people turn on the Democrats blaming Obama for higher gas prices, and a sinking economy and then run out voting for a far right conservative ticket in November, I would argue that they are responding to a knee jerk reaction while desperatly seeking the cure to economic decline.
The time now is for us as Americans to think about what we are doing. Look before you leap. First, we have to realize that this recession was not manufactured by president Obama, it has though been enhanced by his Republican counterparts strictly as a way to regain the White House. This campaign at its very core is not about American Recovery, and a bunch of compassionate Conservatives interested in returning America to those glory days of a great chugging economy. It is about, has always been about, and will remain about Power!
When the rubber meets the road, none of them really gives a hoots owl about you, me Mom, Dad or Patty, Pete or Paul. It’s all about who will make the decisions in the next four years that might set the pace of this country for decades to come. It is not going to be an open and shut door campaign.
It is Class Warfare. Mitt Romney is A multi Millionaire who represents the interests of the Rich and ultra Rich. He plays his cards close to his chest, and let’s face it folks, has no idea what is or for that matter how to define poverty. He plays to whatever the national event is right now. Gas prices go up, and Obama is to blame. Iran says something stupid, and Obama is weak. The economy shivers, and Obama’s economic plan is a failure.
I said a moment ago that this recession was not manufactured by Obama. I said that it has been enhanced by his Republican Counterparts. Let us not forget that it was Mitch McConnell who declared to Congress that they did not want to do anything that would get Barrack Obama re-elected President. From that point onward it has been nothing more than a stalled paralyzed Congress, that refuses to do anything that looks good for the President. That has been the plan. The stalled Congress is not the fault of President Obama, is is part of the Republican plan to regain the White House.
Regardless, I can say that there has been enough mistakes on both sides to go around. I have pointed to the arrogance of this President, and that it has gotten in his way on several occasions. Some decisions that he has made have not been top of the line. His Mid East stance has been weak. He wants to move away from a strong military bully like stature and get others with interests in that theater to do their part. Former President Bush did the same thing but with a strong American presence. However, our deficit is so high now, thanks in part to the Mid-East war, that we can no longer commit our troops to one conflict after another. Our troops are wearing down as well, and mothers are tired of their kids coming home in metal military caskets. Most Americans want our troops home. Of course it is advantages for Republicans to criticise the President, while not admitting to the fact that they too were considering an exit plan prior to Obama’s election four years ago.
So anyone can see that this is churning up to be an interesting confrontational campaign. Make no mistake Obama can lose this election. But Republicans can do themselves just as much damage. Are we all happy with Democrats? No. Are we all happy with Republicans? No.
America is a divided camp. Decisions have to be made about the future direction of this country. Those decisions no doubt will have historical implications on the people of this country for years to come. That is why we all have to step back, take a deep breath, and pay close attention, consider all the angles, and the implications of the decisions we make in November 2012.
That’s my point of view, and as usual I look forward to your perceptions. Until then, have a great day and as usual………God Bless America.