The election is over, and the people have said what they want. Get this economy back on its feet! It really is that simple. A lot of pundits want to say the last election was a result of Obama “Gifts” to his constituency and a failure of the Republicans to reach blacks, latinos, and women. Duh? You think?
Well maybe it wasn’t a failure to reach those target groups or the lack of interest in reaching the 47% that caused the Republicans their lose, but instead a real clear understanding of the American people of what the problems really are and what must be down to resolve our current economic dilemma. They fundamentally understand the economic recovery debate.
For example, if the Republicans were as good as they say they were pre-election at polling, they would’ve done some exit polling of blacks and latinos and they would have understood that 65-70% of that group stated in exit polls that the economy was the number one reason they cast their votes, NOT all of the other crap that was floating around “in the pool” with the candidates on the campaign trail.
However, both Democrats and Republicans better improve their hearing. This vote was really a “shot across the bow”, a warning. That warning is simple. GET THE PEOPLE’S WORK DONE! This electorate was the most informed in the history of the republic. They were more informed and without question the most determined to vote. Just think of how many people stayed in lines for up to 8-9 hours just to cast their vote. This should scare the crap out of ANY politician.
When Harry Truman ran for re-election in 1947, he railed against the “do-nothing” Congress, even calling them back to Washington where they STILL failed to get anything done. This proved key to his re-election. Quite frankly the parallels of Truman’s re-election to Obama’s re-election in relationship to each President’s working relationship with their perspective congress is quite remarkable.
However, when you look at “just the facts, ma’am”, Truman’s Do Nothing 80th Congress makes them look like busy bees when compared to the REAL DO NOTHING 112th Congress. Take a look:
It was not like we weren’t told by Mitch McConnell right after Obama’s first election that the Republicans would do everything in their capacity to insure Obama was NOT a success as President. They invoked filibusters 386 times during the session.
Here is a small hit list of their efforts to BLOCK any legislation that would benefit the people or the economy, including to vote for TAX CUTS!
June 24th, 2010: GOP Blocks Unemployment Insurance Bill Once Again, Dems Giving Up (Open Congress)
July 29th, 2010: Republicans block small business plan in Senate (Reuters)
September 28th, 2010: GOP Blocks Bill to Punish Companies that Move Jobs Abroad (CBS News)
November 18th, 2010: House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (USA TODAY)
November 18th, 2010: Republicans vote unanimously against equal pay for women bill (Raw Story)
December 9th, 2010: Senate Republicans block 9/11 health bill (Reuters)
October 11th, 2011: Senate Republicans block Obama’s jobs package (CBS News)
October 20th, 2011: Senate blocks money for teachers, firefighters (WaPost)
November 3rd, 2011: Republicans block $60bn infrastructure bill (Financial Times)
December 11th, 2011: Senate blocks payroll tax-cut extension (MSNBC)
March 29th, 2012: Republicans Block Repeal of Oil-Company Tax Breaks Obama Sought (Business Week)
April 17th, 2012: Senate GOP blocks Obama’s ‘Buffett rule’ for minimum tax rate on millionaires (Fox News)
May 8th, 2012: GOP blocks Senate debate on Dem student loan bill (Associated Press)
I think it is time, given the recent babble between the parties about letting us go over the fiscal cliff, to let these yahoos know we aren’t kidding, GET TO WORK! Look, I really don’t care what side of the issues you come down on for the will of the people is the will of the people. The real disagreements of approach between “honest” conservatives and “real” liberals have been the gist for the mill that created the most powerful economy the world had ever seen. However we watch as that economy is now being diluted by a lack of action, and not as result of compromised policies resulting for actions of the Congress. This is both a breach of our franchise with congress and a crime of negligence against the order and well being of the republic.
It was great we all got out there and voted, but I think it is more important NOW to keep corresponding with your elected officials. Let them know we expect them to do their jobs and get the business done. Let them know we will be watching how they perform and how they vote. When they come “Home” to smooze us, let them know WE ARE WATCHING. That being an incumbent is no longer an advantage.