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Nobody Cares About Life-Preservers!

Economic Policy, Economy, Election, Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently commented that “You don’t get any credit in campaigns for what you prevented from happening”.

I brought up this same point in a post yesterday. People don’t feel as grateful for a person who straps the life preserver on…but they are eternally grateful to the person who pull them out of the water before they take that last gasp of life.

This is the way people are. Nobody is going to make people understand otherwise that the economy was saved. I’m afraid there will be Republican good fortunes brought on the backs of Democrats for years to come.

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Bush finally reaching out to the poor…

Politics

…and then quickly wiping that “poor juice” off on Clinton. This seems pretty accurate in how Republicans deal with the poor; avoid contact at all costs and if you absolutely must make contact, keep a Democrat nearby for quick hand washing.

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Hopefully Tea Parties are as Big as the Ideas will get

Economy, Politics

Adam

The virtues of private interests ahead of public good have no age limit

The virtues of private interests ahead of public good have no age limit

 

The tea parties that were held across the country yesterday were idiotic for multiple reasons. There are enough bloggers and commentators discussing those reasons right now. Hopefully there is plentiful footage of all of those brave elected officials in the next election cycle to highlight what they did for their country during tough times.

I do not want to get into election strategies for the Democrats. What I would like to do is highlight the missed opportunity the conservatives/Republicans missed during one of their greatest successes at organizing their ideologically aligned citizens.

Every Republican official put in front of a camera over the past few months talks about the destruction of capitalism. Some of those take the time to speak to the point of how this destruction will hurt the middle class. Yes, based on what they are saying, higher taxes on the rich and government stimulus will only continue the crushing of the workforce found in the middle. It seems that the best way the people who attended these tea parties could have spent their time is by HELPING those who are being destroyed by socialism.

This could have been a bold statement for the Republican party to make. Imagine John Boehner being interviewed by Fox News and saying “We are here in Cleveland organizing this food and clothing drive because we know it is necessary to help those people who continue to lose their jobs because of the high taxes this administration and Congress are imposing on the people. When the Democrats have eroded away the life they once knew, the conservative community is here to help bring this country back.”

Wouldn’t that have been powerful? Instead of wasting time and resources, they could have used that organization to make a positive difference and at the same time got their message out that they are outraged by the changes that are taking place.

Obviously, this type of outreach would require each person to look beyond their own self interests. When that happens…well…then there probably would not have been any tea parties yesterday.

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Can you fix a broken nation with a broken record?

Bailout, Barack Obama, Economic Policy, Economic Stimulus, Economy, Election, Infrastructure, National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank, Obama, Politics, President Obama

Adam

I am going to say that it is probably difficult to fix our current situation with tax cuts.  I know…I know, the crazy liberal wants to raise your taxes and then spend all your hard earned wages. Not exactly.

I have a difficult time grasping the notion that the conservative chorus can only recite the same tune we have heard during a very recent 8 year administration.

“The only way to stimulate the economy is with lower taxes and tax incentives.”

Everyone is skittish now. Consumers, producers, and lenders. The argument that tax incentives will create job growth does not work.  Lets take a look at a couple of scenarios.

-  We create an incentive where an employer gets tax breaks for hiring new employees. (Currently part of the Obama plan, but really done for the purpose of appeasement)

So, under this theory, a company will hire a new employee for the purposes of expanding production of a good that a consumer is buying less of. Does not really work out in my mind.

- We lower taxes…

Well, with all of that extra money from lower taxes, companies will be able to expand production. Okay, so they expand production after borrowing to purchase what is necessary for the increase in productivity. They have to borrow because lower taxes do not mean available cash. This also seems to be a difficult challenge due to the well publicized reluctance of banks to give our money.

So why is it that the party that got a strong message from the American public this past election is grasping hold to its oldest idea?

I would like this cartoon to be an exaggeration, but right now it doesn’t seem to be.

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