It’s the Midterms, Stupid!
I write from Delhi, India. It seems one cannot escape the outcome of the election, no matter how far he has strayed from home. In yesterday’s Indian “Economic Times” there is an article penned by Joseph E Stiglitz, a professor at Columbia University. Herewith are a few excerpts:
…the election had many salutary effects-beyond showing that unbridled corporate spending could not buy an election, and that demographic changes in the US may doom Republican extremism.
The Republicans’ explicit campaign of disenfranchisement in some states…backfired.
In Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard law professor and tireless warrior for reforms to protect ordinary citizens from banks’ abusive practices, won a seat in the Senate.
His drivel goes on and on. Is it any wonder people around the world have a warped view of the Republican party when this is the palaver they are fed? More importantly, if you are not struck by the wanton disregard for the truth employed by the left on many fronts, you should be. The left has very successfully painted the entire Republican party as the party of hate, oppression, scientific recidivism, and indentured servitude. It’s absurd, but it is working, and they are winning elections because of it. It’s time to wake up and fight back.
Closer to the here and now and home, we are faced with a greater problem. As we did in the summer of 2011, we are once again getting thumped in the fiscal cliff debate.
- We keep talking about deficits and spending. The President talks about fairness.
- We talk economics. The President talks about greed.
- We talk about the debt we are handing our children, the ultimate impossibility of the current entitlement spending trajectory, imminent inflation, downgrading of our credit rating, and permanent loss of our status as owner of the world’s reserve currency. The President rails with righteous indignation of our selfishness.
Are you detecting a theme? The President has never let facts get in the way of a good campaign. And let there be no mistake; for Mr. Obama, the campaign never ends. From day one, his has been a redistributionist quest. The President has neither the patience nor financial aptitude to actually understand what is happening to our economy. If achieving his promise to punish those who have pursued and caught a small part of the American dream means pushing us off the cliff, then hear this; we are headed off the cliff.
It gets worse. For the campaigner in chief, there is additional incentive to put the pedal to the metal and steer for the abyss. Based on the past several years, he has succeeded in winning every public relations (perception rules over reality) battle he’s ever fought. With an abiding accomplice in the form of our compliant mainstream media, the President believes in his heart he will be able to blame our leap into fiscal insanity entirely on the Republicans. And based on our track record to date for explaining our policies in a way to which Joe the Plumber can relate, who can argue with the President?
You may query, “why would he want to do that?” It’s all about the mid-term elections! He wants to capture the House, and he will stop at nothing (not even the prospects of another recession and credit downgrade) to do so. History be damned; this President is going to pick up seats in the midterms, because he will have convinced the majority of the electorate that our abysmal economy is entirely the fault of the Republicans. One can only shudder at what would happen to the this country in the last two years of an Obama administration with democrat control in the House and Senate.
So there you have it. If I were in the Republican leadership, I would be raising and spending money (lots of it) taking the case to the people. The media will never give House and Senate leaders the airtime they require to get their points across. The democrats have successfully latched on to the notion that the entire Republican party can be demonized and deemed irrelevant on the back of a handful of pathetically concocted social issues. Republicans need to go back to the Reagan flip charts and draw the picture for the people. If they don’t, Lord help us all. Get your parachutes out; the fiscal cliff is pretty high and it is a long way down.