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Democrats AND Republicans should fear midterm elections

There's been enough drama on both sides of the aisle over the past 48 hours that Democrats and Republicans should be freaking out about their prospects in the midterm elections this November.

Democrats are right to be anxious. The announcement by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) that he will not seek reelection means that the 60-vote majority Democrats now enjoy will likely drop to 59. North Dakota went Republican in the last presidential election -- as it has since 1964.

Meanwhile, though Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) is likely to be replaced by another Democrat in November's election, the retirement of the popular old-guard Democrat is a psychic blow to a party plagued by plummeting poll numbers and girding itself for the customary party-in-power beat-down at the ballot box.

Republicans are right to be anxious, too. The party is at war with itself -- and it's being televised. Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele told Fox's Sean Hannity that the GOP won't win back the House this year. That led to a public rebuke from the National Republican Congressional Committee. "Independent political analysts and even liberal columnists have stated that Republicans have a very real shot at taking back the majority in 2010," said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain. By Tuesday, Steele was backing off. On Hardball, he told Chris Matthews, "Yes, we can." Ditto on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" today.

Then there's the conservative Tea Party movement. It's best known for attracting ideological wing-nuts who want to lurch the GOP even further to the right. But as David Brooks noted yesterday, it has become the life of the Republican party -- and could destroy it. Tea partiers took down Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer, who said had he not announced his resignation Tuesday, his critics would have attempted to "burn the house down and destroy the Republican Party." The death rattle you hear could be coming from Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's Senate campaign. His opponent for the nomination, Marco Rubio, is a darling of the Tea Party movement.

No one knows what impact any of this is going to have on the November elections. A lot can happen between now and then. But one thing is clear. The American people are mad as hell. They want those in power to come up with solutions to their economic concerns. Still to be determined is whether Democrats and Republicans in Washington can actually quell their anger.

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 6, 2010; 3:20 PM ET
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Anger is unfortunately the main motivator that gets out the vote in many elections. We talk about how people decide to vote in terms of candidates' height, their positions on hot-button issues like gun control and abortion, whether or not they are the type of person you would want to have a beer with, but these were criteria in calmer times. With fuses short and outrage all the rage, we vote against the candidate to whom we attribute the greater role in creating or prolonging our misery. No longer do we look at the candidate in isolation. He or she is the agent of change or resistance to change, the leader of his party or the water-bearer of his party, well intentioned or naive. What we seem not to consider anymore is that good people can be good leaders even when they have differences in opinions or different priorities. The saddest thing is that we demonize the other side rather than reexamine our own beliefs when ideas do not match our own. Since we all benefit from efficient rule, we should waste less time on politics-as-usual and instead refocus debate on issues rather than labels and mischaracterizations. Listen, think and question. Then vote.

Posted by: wilsonjmichael | January 6, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Sir,

I appreciate your "left-slanted" analysis, however, I wish you could be neutral.

You call Democrats, Democrats. You do not call them LEFT WING NUTS or anything of the sort, but....

When you speak about Americans who have a different point of view than you do (like the Constitution of the United States and following it, vice socialist big government, etc...) you resort to name calling!

So, in my opinion, you need to wipe the crap off your shoes and try to be neutral, or try to just report left and right issues or opinions, but leave out the name calling.

Or, move to the Huffington Post.

Posted by: GregBoo | January 6, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

TO: GregBoo who wrote:
Sir, I appreciate your "left-slanted" analysis, however, I wish you could be neutral.
You call Democrats, Democrats. You do not call them LEFT WING NUTS or anything of the sort, but....
When you speak about Americans who have a different point of view than you do (like the Constitution of the United States and following it, vice socialist big government, etc...) you resort to name calling!
So, in my opinion, you need to wipe the crap off your shoes and try to be neutral, or try to just report left and right issues or opinions, but leave out the name calling.
Or, move to the Huffington Post.
___________________

“…When you speak about Americans who have a different point of view than you do (like the Constitution of the United States and following it, vice socialist big government, etc...) you resort to name calling!...”

There is no indication whatsoever that either you OR your Republican representatives have any idea what’s even in the Constitution, and there IS plenty of evidence that Republicans DON’T following the Constitution.

There’s also PLENTY of evidence that Republicans are the architects of “big government” as they have gotten into office and created the largest government in the history of the world, and we are socialists because we all contribute to at least ONE common cause, which is civil defense.

If you did follow the Constitution, which Republicans DO NOT, you’d know that the Constitution also calls for the general welfare, which Republicans give freely to their welfare states in the South.

Hence, the name “wacko left wing Republican psycho nut cases”.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 6, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Imagine if the GOP retook control of the House. Just try to picture that for a second.

Posted by: simpleton1 | January 6, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

lindalovejones -

Nice mindless partisan rant. Ever stop and think what a coincidence it is that people who don't share your narrow minded views are also immoral and unpatriotic?

You are no different than Limbaugh's most mindless dittohead. You just hate different people.

Posted by: bobmoses | January 6, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans repeatedly proved that all manner of destruction is acceptable to them, as long as it advances their muddle-headed ideology. They are willing to further destroy the economy, environment, and even national security, if it means firing up their support base of psychos. That's going to be clearer to even more people by November.

Posted by: revbookburn | January 6, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Although Bush left the country in an absolute mess, I see little of consequence that has come from the promise of a year ago. This country is a disaster zone and our President has squandered his opportunity. Neither party has distinguished itself and neither has the best interests of America in mind. Putting aside party loyalty, I see a President who promised the world but delivered nothing. The deficit is a national and international disgrace. The economy? Borders on depression. And national security? Well, at least Christmas is not the new 911. I see a Congress that is just plain corrupt; bribery, payoffs, deception, you name it. So for you Democrats and Republicans who have prospered on the sheepish, blind followership in the past. Get ready. Change is coming and this time it will be real change. You work for the people and will learn the hard way.

Posted by: donchew1 | January 6, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

You have it right Mr. Capehart,

Petitions like this calling for Redress of the 2009 Fed, throwing out both Partys didn't happen because any of the majority of the ppeople are being represented.

PETITION:

The REDRESS of the 2009 Federal Government of the United States of America
For NO CONFIDENCE
By the recall of :
The Congress, (all names listed both Partys)
The Hill , ( all names listed both Partys)
The Cabinet, (all names listed)
The Czars, ( all names listed)
Barack Hussein Obama ( all "currently" known names listed: Barack Hussein Soroeto, Barack Hussein Dunham )

BEAR REVOLT was started by Veterans ( Czar nick named terrorists) seeking to empower the active troops with a clear documentation of the majority's will of the people via archival quality hardbound petitions (signatured by all men, women, and children who have No Confidence this entire 2009 Federal Government).

The signed petitions are being entered into County recordations offices as a "recorded document", then pooled, and placed as a" Document" into the Library of Congress by the people of each State.

The well documented majority with " no confidence" can allow the defenders of the US Constitution the ability to carry out the "will of the majority".

It seeks to void all signatures of the current Fed 2009, and hence can retro from 2010 , 2011, etc. to do it.

This Redress call was named when Pelosi went to THE BEAR REPUBLIC of California , threw imported ACORNS at their heads,
then called them astroturf and walked on their backs with her spikey heels out the door absolutely refusing to listen to them saying NO.

Posted by: dottydo | January 6, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Chris Matthews , the nutty Dems talking head definded that West Point is the "enemy camp"


Obamaland vs The USA


lindalovejones = Obamaland

The People( as X democrats and X Republicans ) = The USA

Posted by: dottydo | January 6, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't know. There's tons of wisful thinking going on here, especially by right-wing conservatives, who think they have the 2010 election sewn up. But... what's actually happening?

The US economy is getting better, and will continue to get better. Could be the best summer and fall in years. Obama will soon have health care legislation under his belt, a huge win that benefits millions of Americans and will for years to come. Democrats in Congress will pass other major parts of his agenda. They'll also focus on jobs.

The next Senate election, in

Massachusetts, will easily be won by a Democrat, Martha Coakley, putting another stong woman in the Senate.
OK, some Dems are leaving, Senate and House, but has anything really happened to their seats yet? No. Tea baggers really haven't done anything, though they think they're really hot stuff. No one else doers.. Conservatives are driving pols like Crist in Florida into the ground, opening up his seat, and others, to Democrats.

I don't know, glass is still half full..

Posted by: dudh | January 6, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

The fun is will be in watching the news the next couple of months as more and more Democrats bail out. Pelosi/Reid/Obama are willing to sacrifice some of their so called blue dogs for the sake of their dream of a big government take over of the U.S. medical system. Maybe all those so called moderate (although I don't how you can be labeled moderat when you don't oppose anything the liberal leadership of your party puts out there) will get a gold watch or something from Pelosi/Reid/Obama when they get booted out this year. Of course Reid may be on his way out too. I guess he can vote him self a golden parachute on his way out.

Posted by: RobT1 | January 6, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The tea baggers are trying to manufacture a movement without a figure who can light a fire under it, hold it together and grow it with fresh people. Pres. Obama did to perfection in 2008, and history has shown a leader like him only comes around once in a great while. And his base is still out here despite what the polls of show about his popularity. The Democrats will be just fine because all the Republican Party has is Cheney, his daughter, Steele, Palin and the tea baggers.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 6, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

A recurring theme in many comments regarding the first year of the Obama Administration is that "he hasn't achieved a thing" as if this is proof of his insincerity or inexperience. Prognosticators already predict a Republican return to power in both houses of congress and that they will regain the White House in 2012. I doubt that very many of those who voted for Obama really believe any of this. Most of us understand that after 8 years of Bush misrule, it will take more than a year to get things right again. Republican incompetence is the gift that just keeps giving.

Posted by: wilsonjmichael | January 6, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately neither party represents most people in this country. Obama and most Democratic politicians are beholden to their special interest groups, especially most unions and trial lawyers. Republicans are beholden to just about every corporate interest and those who are intolerant.

Both parties are subservient to health insurance companies, banks, and the military-industrial complex. Obama promised to curb the influence of special interest groups, instead he has been just as unduly influenced by them as Bush II or any president in our history. So much for change any thinking person can believe in.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | January 6, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Capehart... keep going with the analysis. Obama is likely out in 2012 too, and the 2010 election will neuter him.

I only hope the republic holds together through his incompetence.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 6, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

You know its funny reading some of these comments, and seeing how completely disconnected from reality some people are.
far be it for me to redress all of your concerns, but to those who are saying big govt. takeover of the medical system, ra ra ra, hey guess what. I'm a doctor living in Australia right now and it works GREAT, and last time I checked, we weren't the Solviet Union. For all those people who talk about driving down the pay of doctors etc, guess what WE'RE DOCTORS!! we get paid enough for goodness sake, sure I might get paid less that if I lived in the US (I've looked into it), but I would honestly feel terrible as a doctor if I could not treat someone in need because they could not afford it, let me assure you it doesn't happen here. As for waiting lists, firstly 1) there are private hospitals here if you are willing to pay and 2) yes while waiting periods are a nuisance, rarely is the problem so severe that it someone who is in dire straits does not get treatment, even with a particularly inefficient state govt right now in NSW
3)Finally US History/politics is a hobby of mine, (which is why I read this paper) and I just want to point out that
a)Health-care reform has been a problem since Truman/Roosevelt (70-80yrs)
b)Only one president in the last ~30yrs (Clinton) has managed to balance the budget
c)Ultra-deregulation, and the bizarre notion that you can afford not to raise taxes during bad times, which led to the financial crisis has been implemented, for again the last 30 yrs
d)The housing bubble has been bubbling away for at least 10 yrs, as has the credit bubble (both caused by regulatory failures)
Did everyone really think that Obama would be able to solve decades old problems in one or two years? Given the challenges presented, did you really expect all of your problems to vaporize in 1 year? Whoever you voted for?

Posted by: Ulasem | January 6, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Anyone over the age of 40 who's "mad as hell" about the current state of affairs and hasn't decided which party to support is clueless and will blow with any prevailing wind. These are the "independents" so highly praised by the commentariat.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 6, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Ulasem,
You fake Doctors looked just stunning in your white coats...it was a real snl moment
Live and in living funnybone laughable.
Obama's run from the Arizona Vets, 2 hours earlier than his speech was schedualed, played another theatric love Obama Photo Op , but fakes wearing Veteran outfits reeked of the old Kerry scams using people who never served dressed up like they were.

Obamaland made up by 2 corrupt parties grew it's "no confidence vote" all by themselves.

Frauds comes to mind.

Posted by: dottydo | January 6, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

We are being whipsawed between two extremes: the two terms of a Republican President, characterized by war and worry, and the commencement of the term of a Democrat President, characterized by war and worry. The difficulty for most of us somewhere in the middle is we feel abandoned by our government, we feel discouraged by the loss of jobs and opportunity, and the actions by the sitting administration seem only to be digging the hole deeper and levying future costs on our innocent children. Promises are not being kept. Elected officials are not behaving responsibly (on either side of the aisle) and our collective future is not looking very bright. The Tea Party Movement is a manifestation of our collective concerns, but like any group will have members on the fringe who STILL don't get it: honesty, faithful representation, and cleaving to our Constitution are what we want.

Posted by: Toosoonoldtoolatesmart | January 6, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Toosoonoldtoolatesmart, maybe if you stamp your foot hard enough you'll get what you call "honest, faithful representation". Maybe all that's been lacking all these years was enough huffing and puffing and foot-stamping.

In the alternative, you might want to begin asking whether there are things built into the economic and political systems which keep producing outcomes you don't like. That line of inquiry would likely lead you to support a party rather than a man on horseback and term limits.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 6, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Yes, but Democrats more than Republicans.

Posted by: Leopold1 | January 6, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

In the desperation of the corrupt two parties to create a base before the next election to keep an electoral college presence, they are now planning to grant voting rights to convicted felons.
Yup!!!
9th Circuit court just gave the vote to felons.
Water seeking it's own level.

In the small fight from the decent people against this corrupt mess, Arizona has presented it's invoice for having to convict lawbreakers and jail those who are illegal border crossers.

Arizona's bill to Obamaland and Napolitano 1 billion.

Posted by: dottydo | January 7, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

From what I saw with the health care work up by the Senate, we the people need to do a lot more house cleaning than a couple of old Dems without the current support of their states. Maybe it is me but the best ideas came from the freshman or second termers. When the GOP left cutting out people with pre-existing in their bill, they have lost the American peoples interests. When the Dems don't allow re-import of drugs, nor do tort reform, they have lost the American peoples interest. Replacing a Scofazza with a Hoffmann, a Rubio for a Crist, will not gains seats, but lose them with the current GOP track. A move to the center like the VA and NJ governors will be the way to get elected. I see 3 Senate seat changes and about 15 House, not enough to gain majorities, but enough to enforce cloture.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 7, 2010 4:56 AM | Report abuse

Ulasem: Great comment. I been living in the UK for the last 8 months and the healthcare has been excellent. Having been an RN in the US for 10 years, my opinion is based on fact rather than hysteria.

Dottydo: Good to see they returned your crayons. Now, play nice.

Posted by: craigjjs | January 7, 2010 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Fivethirtyeight.com ran an excellent column on the situation inside the Florida State Republican Party. http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/01/tea-partiers-bag-another-one.html
The column includes a link to party chair Jim Greer's incredibly forthcoming letter. http://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/2009/12/jim-stelling-marco-rubio-camp-aiming-to-destroy-jim-greer.html
Republican posters here really have to take seriously what is happening within their own party or they will wind up with a list of unelectable candidates in November.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | January 7, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

lindalovejones:
You should either stick to making bad movies or quit swallowing whatever it is you do...(and I'm not just talking about the Kool-Aids)

Posted by: jahoby | January 7, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

We are living through a truly dysfunctional period of government.

"We the people"
Does not mean "we the lobbyist" or "We the Corporation"

Both parties are so engrossed in money and power and re-election that they have thrown the American citizen to the wolves.

We need Term limits of no more than 2 terms

Campaign Finance Reform

And a new law that makes meeting between elected officials and their aides a public affair that video tapes each meeting and makes it available to the general public.

If something is not done then you might as well take down the American flag and Replace it with whatever corporate flag has paid the most over any given month.

Our founding fathers are probably looking down at us with contempt. And rightfully so.

Posted by: scon101 | January 7, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Is it just me or does the poster "dottydo" seem just plain nuts? I dont mean crazy in the way people like to use the term when they disagree with someone, but actually diagnosably clinically incoherently nuts.

I hope someone gets this person the help they need!

Posted by: gorble | January 7, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

to donwchew1 who wrote:
"I see a President who promised the world but delivered nothing. The deficit is a national and international disgrace. The economy? Borders on depression."

heres where you're 100% wrong! we have avoided depression, and are well on our way to recovery becasue of what Obama did. unemployment is dropping, the GDP is heading up, the Dow is up 30% in 6 months... it may be happening slowly, but the point is we are NO LONGER in a deep recession or approaching depression because of stimulus and things like Cash for Clunkers and Obama's taking the steering wheel...

Posted by: emoenergy1 | January 7, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the calls for term limits.

BOTH parties seem to be dysfunctional at this point. They seem to have forgotten about their constituents in the rush for political power and campaign cash.

The Democrats have very few meaningful results from their filibuster-proof majority over the past year.

The health care legislation that they're attempting to pass is little more than a hollow victory, as it fails to reform health care. Instead it subsidizes health care for 23 million people for a cool $850 billion, while the costs remain astronomical for both services and pharmaceuticals. Paying double what other developed nations pay for health care for similar results isn't reform, it's looting.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 7, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the Dcmocratic-controlled Congress are NOT keeping their promise to the American people about refraining from engaging in their "backroom deals." Obama promised the American people that more would be put on C-SPAN THAT NORMALLY ISN'T SHOWN ON C-SPAN, such as the Conference Committee negotiations to reconcile the two health care reform bills. However, their refusal to put the Conference Committee negotiations, of the Health Care legislation on C-SPAN makes Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the congressional members of the Democratic "change" movement just typical dishonest politicians, not really concerned about making real "change" for the better, as they previously have promised.

Posted by: DCInSearchOfTruth | January 7, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Here is what I believe democrats like me though they were getting this past election. We thought we were going to get a congress and senate that was going to be able to past bills that was good for the country; but what we got was more of the same, very little. I ask myself this question: why did I vote democrate if they were going to allow the republicians to still control things. A wasted vote

Posted by: dncthm1 | January 7, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Remember the old sayings, united we stand, divided we fall; a house divided cannot stand..... The United State of America is in big trouble if the taxpayers continue to sit by and watch the Democrats and Republicans destroy this country!

Posted by: darling1 | January 7, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

GregBook,

Thanks for stating the obvious to Capehart about his insults of the Tea Party Movement and its members. It's truly a disgrace when an Op-Ed writer, of the Washington Post has to resort to name-calling. Such behavior is petty and juvenile.

Posted by: DCInSearchOfTruth | January 7, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

GregBoo,

Thanks for stating the obvious to Capehart about his insults of the Tea Party Movement and its members. It's truly a disgrace when an Op-Ed writer, of the Washington Post has to resort to name-calling. Such behavior is petty and juvenile.

(Sorry about the typo on your name.)

Posted by: DCInSearchOfTruth | January 7, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

jonathon capehart doesnt know the first thing about tea parties if he thinks they are wingnuts.

really disgusting elitist assumptions about people capehart probably wouldnt even let shine his $500 shoes.

sigh.

Posted by: dummypants | January 7, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

As someone involved in Tea Party activities, I can vouch for the fact that the majority of us are equally disgusted with both the RepubliCrats and the DemoPublicans.

If being angry at a government that ignores the will of the people it is supposed to represent, ignores the Constitution, sneers at the idea of national sovereignty and robs our children to enrich Wall Street makes me a "wing-nut," then I guess that's what I am.

Posted by: pmendez | January 7, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

DUDH:

I must disagree with some of your predictions. Things will be uglier in 2010. Economy will be -- at best -- no better than it is now, and may slip into a double-dip recession as effects of Stimulus Package wears off. And the pain of healthcare reform will proceed any gains.

Another thing to remember is that the longer economic bad times drag on, the crankier they get. Remember the 70's? It's like winter -- dealing with that first big snow storm is not so bad. But dealing with several in a row gets unbearable.

I predict mood in the country will be much worse in November than it is now.

Posted by: pmendez | January 7, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

You know its funny reading some of these comments, and seeing how completely disconnected from reality some people are.
far be it for me to redress all of your concerns, but to those who are saying big govt. takeover of the medical system, ra ra ra, hey guess what. I'm a doctor living in Australia right now and it works GREAT, and last time I checked, we weren't the Solviet Union. For all those people who talk about driving down the pay of doctors etc, guess what WE'RE DOCTORS!! we get paid enough for goodness sake, sure I might get paid less that if I lived in the US (I've looked into it), but I would honestly feel terrible as a doctor if I could not treat someone in need because they could not afford it, let me assure you it doesn't happen here. As for waiting lists, firstly 1) there are private hospitals here if you are willing to pay and 2) yes while waiting periods are a nuisance, rarely is the problem so severe that it someone who is in dire straits does not get treatment, even with a particularly inefficient state govt right now in NSW
3)Finally US History/politics is a hobby of mine, (which is why I read this paper) and I just want to point out that
a)Health-care reform has been a problem since Truman/Roosevelt (70-80yrs)
b)Only one president in the last ~30yrs (Clinton) has managed to balance the budget
c)Ultra-deregulation, and the bizarre notion that you can afford not to raise taxes during bad times, which led to the financial crisis has been implemented, for again the last 30 yrs
d)The housing bubble has been bubbling away for at least 10 yrs, as has the credit bubble (both caused by regulatory failures)
Did everyone really think that Obama would be able to solve decades old problems in one or two years? Given the challenges presented, did you really expect all of your problems to vaporize in 1 year? Whoever you voted for?

Posted by: Ulasem

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I certainly didn't, but I see the problems going back well before Bush. You can't undo 30 years of damage in 1 year. It just can't be done. The worst part is people are still walking around in this country as if it's 1991. We know all too well the consequences of de-regulation, outsourcing, and wage suppression in this country but a bunch of people just can't come to terms with the fact that we were wrong.

It was not sustainable and we need to get back to basics to get this country back on track. You can't tax cut your way to prosperity. Supply side economics works as well as communism. get over it already

Posted by: theobserver4 | January 7, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

The title here is: Democrats AND Republicans should fear midterm elections.

The comments are getting way off the subject don't you think?

The current Democrat and Republican candidates love the politics of fear and many will get to collect their pensions as of January 4, 2011, then in 2013.

Why? It's not fear, it's because voter registration starting in Florida 2010 is rising rapidly in the name of the newly certified TEA political Party which is the beginning of the the return to the check and balances established by the American Constitution.

It may take years but it has started. Get with it or get out. Register and then vote people, bashing and blogging do not make an election. Getting out the vote is still the basic major voice in America.

Now, come back and tear me up. Florida TEA

Jorge Lovenguth

Posted by: george13 | January 7, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I certainly didn't, but I see the problems going back well before Bush. You can't undo 30 years of damage in 1 year. It just can't be done. The worst part is people are still walking around in this country as if it's 1991. We know all too well the consequences of de-regulation, outsourcing, and wage suppression in this country but a bunch of people just can't come to terms with the fact that we were wrong.

It was not sustainable and we need to get back to basics to get this country back on track. You can't tax cut your way to prosperity. Supply side economics works as well as communism. get over it already
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Your statements might be true if we actually ever tried Supply Side Economics as a national Policy. Reganomics was not a true application of Supply Side theory.

Supply side is about keeping Government actions in the market to a minimum. This should allow people to freely trade with won another in a fashion where both sides of a transaction come out with equal benefits.

To have done this the Government would have had to completely change its monetary policies, taxes, spending and regulation focus. Regan only reduced taxes without implementing any other part of Supply Side theory. That is why it failed. You can't have Supply Side tax policies with Keynesian everything else and expect it to work.

Regardless as it stands now we are spending twice what we bring in as revenue. The only way to correct this is to double taxes or halve spending. Or a combination of both.

Posted by: BradG | January 7, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Actually it all started going corporation (downhill) in 1978 with the de-regulation of the Airline Industry.

Billions could be saved and re-directed within the USA by starting to close the outdated welfare social servives USA Embassies around this planet. The day of the red phone underwater cable communication need are long over.

Most of the new emerging countries don't want us there anyway. Only the CBO (maybe) knows just how much funding is going out that doorway. Begin closing them now and let them (anti-American leaders)work their own problems out. Reducing government needs to start with the Embassies.

Jorge Lovenguth

Posted by: george13 | January 7, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Well something need to be done about climate change. If nothing is done about it, economic reform, as well as healthcare and your job are completely pointless. Jobs are a part of climate change legislation as well.

Posted by: matsuiny2004 | January 8, 2010 4:53 AM | Report abuse

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