SEARCH BLOG: POLITICS
Now that the 2008 elections are over, I have had a chance to evaluate some of the political dynamics that were in play.
- Effectively used slogans to generate enthusiasm for old programs and policies
- Convinced uncritical voters that things would be changed the way they personally wanted even if what was said had no relationship to what they wanted
- Helped create economic problems and then claimed only they could solve the problems by being allowed to take charge
- Opposed U.S. military actions, but claimed that it was their prodding that enabled the U.S. to be in a position to leave the Middle East in a stable situation
- Could not express a clear view of their plans for the future; McCain tried to out-Democrat the Democrats
- Tried to satisfy disparate religious and business factions that had no real common base
- Ignored the problems of the U.S. industrial and consumer sectors in favor of the financial sector
- Failed to communicate well how specific foreign policy and military spending in the Middle East was beneficial to Americans allowing the Democratic Party to point to money spent in Iraq when the U.S. economy was faltering
When the economy began to deteriorate, the Republicans tried to ignore the situation and convince the public that there was no problem and that the Republicans policies were responsible for great prosperity... a fatal strategic error that had turned the first George Bush out of office and would do the same to his son's party.I did and still do hold the position that Nancy, Harry, and Barack are equivalent to sideshow carnival hacks... like the carnival barkers of old they are able to draw a crowd and get them to pay their money. The problem is that the Republican leadership is long on market and military principle and short on pragmatism.
The Republican leaders claim to believe in free trade and open markets, but conveniently ignored the currency manipulations and treaty violations of the Asian governments as long as cheap goods and stock prices were riding high. When the financial sector abuses began to emerge as bad loans and a potential for investment firms to fail, the Republicans first tried to ignore the problem and then came up with a call for an emergency $700 billion for unspecified use by the financial sector.
As the Bush administration winds down, the Republicans have continued to show a general insensitivity to the plight of the consumers and even more so the industrial sector... especially the automotive manufacturers which represents one of the few major heavy industries remaining based in the U.S. Meanwhile the Democratic Party is seizing the opportunities to expand the involvement of the federal government in the industrial sector by tying any loans to equity positions and a say in the way the businesses are run...
something that private credit institutions do not do... and something not required of the financial institutions that are scheduled for 60 times the amount of money that the automotive companies are asking for... $700 billion plus an additional $800 billion... $1.5 trillion versus $25 billion!And the no-strings-attached money hasn't begun to get the credit markets back in shape.
The Republicans give the party line that they are being fiscally responsible and free-marketers when it comes to the automotive manufacturers, but conveniently ignore that for the financial sector. The Democratic Party has reluctantly supported the notion of a $25 billion loan for the automotive manufacturers... as long as they get to call the shots for future vehicle plans... and because the unions would blow a metaphorical head gasket if the Democrats don't come through with money to save jobs.
So, from where I sit, the Republicans have taken care of their buddies in the financial firms while being content to work out high-profit deals with foreign companies and governments. Meanwhile, the Democrats have been focused on their broken social and dubious environmental engineering programs and will use them against businesses and individuals who don't toe the line.
I don't see either party standing up for middle America... the businesses and individuals who are responsible, bill-paying, tax-paying, ethical, and law-abiding... the strength of America.
Nevertheless, I'm willing to listen to arguments to dissuade me of that notion.Step right up to the microphone.