In 2006 the Democratic Party won a majority in the House and pulled ahead of the Republicans by one seat in the Senate. In 2008 the Democrats increased their majority in the House and took firm control of the Senate. Now we are approaching the 2010 elections and the Democrats have a problem. Historically it has always been harder for the Party in power to garner as much enthusiasm from their voter base as it is for the Party out of power. And it doesnâ€™t help when you have numb skulls like Press Secretary Robert Gibbs saying things like â€œI think there's no doubt there are enough seats (in the House of Representatives) in play that could cause Republicans to gain control." Gibbs remark reopens House v. Senate wounds
This year the polls indicate that indeed voter enthusiasm among Republican voters is greater than that of Democrats. Therefore, any Democrats who believe that holding on to the majority is a foregone conclusion needs to wake up and smell the coffee.
Republicans are lying through their collective teeth about how the stimulus is doing. They are constantly spewing out lies about how Obama and the Democrats are destroying our country with their â€œsocialist agenda.â€ And the brain dead media keeps feeding the fire by lending credence to Republican lies for nothing more than ratings.
Therefore, for any Democrats, Independents, or even Republicans that voted for Obama, lets go over the reasons Republicans must NOT be allowed to lead this nation again.
1. Warâ€¦ Despite anything they say, lately Republicans seem to believe our nation should remain in a constant state of war. I have no doubt that had we elected McCain to the presidency, we would not be seeing the troop draw down in Iraq occurring now. The situation in Afghanistan would still be where it was when Bush was there. And I have no doubt we would be involved in a third war with Iran. Republicans are war mongers. But itâ€™s not patriotism or love of country that drives that attitude. What drives it is the money influence of the military industrial complex. Whatâ€™s truly ironic though is that it was a Republican President, (Dwight D. Eisenhower) that warned us about this.
2. Economicsâ€¦ Right after their defeat in 2008, many Republicans issued statements to the effect that they should learn from the experience and make the appropriate changes. Unfortunately that emotion didnâ€™t last long. Today Republicans are right back to the tax cuts for the wealthy and de-regulation agenda. Mitch McConnell said there was no evidence that the Bush tax cuts caused a reduction in revenues. Yet the congressional budget office reported that the Bush tax cuts caused an increase to the deficit of over 500 billion dollars. Combined with the cost of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, these make up over half our nations annual deficit. But now they are no longer the majority, Republicans have suddenly become deficit hawks. Arizona Senator Kyle actually said that he believed that deficits under the Republican agenda were ok, but under the Democratic agenda they are bad. The hypocrisy of it is astonishing.
3. Compassionâ€¦ Right now our nation is experiencing the worst unemployment rates in decades. That means that millions of Americans are in big trouble and hurting badly. Yet Republicans are blocking the passage of legislation to extend benefits. They apparently believe that reducing the deficit is more important than people. And as usual they justify their actions by demonizing the recipients of these benefits. Republicans To Unemployed: Why Won't You All Just Get Some Jobs Already?â€¦
If Republicans are allowed to regain control of either or both Houses in congress, not only will they reverse the progress the Democrats have made over an astonishing short period of time, we could see the economic collapse that was predicted in the summer of 2008. How does unemployment rates of 25 or 30 percent sound folks.
We Democrats must not allow ourselves to become complacent. The election in November is not â€œin the bagâ€ folks. If we donâ€™t come out and vote with the same enthusiasm as we did when we elected Obama, weâ€™ll have to watch our nation fall into even more chaos and economic ruin than before the Democrats took power.
VOTE DEMOCRAT IN NOVEMBER
Devin Barber, Politics Correspondent
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