2010: The Year “Hope and Change” Died

Given the turmoil and seemingly endless controversy, challenges and ongoing frustrations since President Obama took office, it appears that the original “Hope and Change” luster of the Obama candidacy is fading fast. By fast I mean like Ferrari fast. Democrats seem to be the most disappointed in the anointed one since he has failed to live up to inexplicably high expectations from day one.

A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll sheds quite a bit of light on this issue with some fascinating results which do not foreshadow good outcomes for Democrats in 2010 or even 2012 at this point:

Americans are more pessimistic about the state of the country and less confident in President Barack Obama’s leadership than at any point since Mr. Obama entered the White House, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

The survey also shows grave and growing concerns about the Gulf oil spill, with overwhelming majorities of adults favoring stronger regulation of the oil industry and believing that the spill will affect the nation’s economy and environment.

Sixty-two percent of adults in the survey feel the country is on the wrong track, the highest level since before the 2008 election. Just one-third think the economy will get better over the next year, a 7-point drop from a month ago and the low point of Mr. Obama’s tenure.

Amid anxiety over the nation’s course, support for Mr. Obama and other incumbents is eroding. For the first time, more people disapprove of Mr. Obama’s job performance than approve. And 57% of voters would prefer to elect a new person to Congress than re-elect their local representatives, the highest share in 18 years.

For all the fluff put forth from Democrats in congress and the Obama administration about how Americans support their progressive agenda, one has to wonder why their claims aren’t reflected in reality. The truth is that many Americans supported this idealistic candidacy of President Obama before they took a second to understand what it is he truly believes in and the way he would govern (or wouldn’t govern).

For Democrats, the results underscore the potential for major losses in November. Both parties have been forced to contend with an anti-establishment wave this year. But Republicans, through strong fund raising and candidate recruitment, have put enough seats in play in the House and Senate to give the GOP a realistic shot at winning control of both chambers.

Support for Mr. Obama and his party is declining among centrist, independent voters. But, more ominous for the president, some in his base also are souring, with 17% of Democrats disapproving of Mr. Obama’s job performance, the highest level of his presidency.

Independent voters left the President months ago and to see some Democrats following suit can’t be good news for the Hope and Change banner. I love this quote from the article, it pretty much sums up the mood of many Democrats at this point and much of the county at large:

“As a Democrat and as a woman, I am disappointed in him,” said poll respondent Melissa Riner, a 42-year-old law clerk from Mesa, Ariz. Referring to the oil spill, Ms. Riner added, “I don’t think he’s handling it. He doesn’t seem to be doing anything. He just talks.”

That is exactly the case, “he just talks” without giving any action behind it. He talks about “green energy” like it will solve our energy issues, he talks about the deficit like he pretends to care, he talks about the military as if he pretends to empathize with our soldiers and he talks about health care as if he truly wants to let people keep their existing health care plan when the truth proves otherwise. He talks about a lot of things, very few of which put him on the same page with the American people.

The most egregious talking the President does has to be concerning the national debt and the deficit in recent months. Here is an administration doing its darnedest to put this nation further off the cliff into the red yet out of the other corner of his mouth, the President tries to sound like a fiscal hawk bent on cutting the waste. It doesn’t take an economics major to see through the facade and the American people have peaked behind the curtain and aren’t pleased with the surprise.

So with this, I am pronouncing 2010 as the year when “Hope and Change” has officially died. Most of us knew it was only a short matter of time before President Obama’s voters took their heads out of the sand and began to look for the accountability, transparency and leadership they were so flagrantly promised in 2008. Absolutely none of that has transpired so here we sit in 2010, just 2 years after Hope and Change fever on the cusp of a transformational election cycle when our government is about to shift dramatically into the hands of Republicans.

So bye-bye, miss american pie.
Drove my government-owned chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
And them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’, “this’ll be the year hope and change died.
“this’ll be the year hope and change died.”

Couldn’t resist.

  • LoL

    As JD stated before, this country shifts from Republican to Democrat to Republican. It cycles back and forth and no matter which way it goes, there are many people who are displeased with the way the country is going. Can’t say that my life has changed much at alldue to government, no matter who is in office.

  • Bill Hedges

    Your JD quote is very simplistic. Some events are beyond the control of a President ,at times, that affects his term. Good, they have a second term.

    In year elected Bush warned of Fannie and Freddie problems. Because of Clintons laws, F/F are required to make high number of loans to lower economic groups, many not qualified. Leading to sub-prime loans to get more people qualified. Banks forced to loan more to poor and bad practices prevailed. Encouraged by Clinton.

    The two links explain. One is video and shows Democrats denying any problems with F/F. All Democrat vote stopped regulations that could of stopped or decreased harm of recession.

    Second leak show list of Bush’s warnings beginning year elected.

    Democrats did a excellent job hiding the truth. Fact time passed before rise in interest when housing bust hit worked in Democrats favor.

    Common theme of Democrats is recession is caused by Bush’s tax cuts, which is ridiculous. Even obama now is pushing tax reductions to spur employment. Jobs increase because business flourish. Money coming in to treasury instead of out for unemployment. Big government hurts because of more government employees thus cost, less revenue.

    Of course party in power goes back and forth. Do New York Yankees win World Series each year ? Of course not !

    Clinton only had surplus thanks to Newt, he would have spent just like he did before Newt. He fought balanced budgets. Government closed down twice. If I have less than 4 link will add link for this. But have proven here many times.

    Many short sighted politically followers see debt acuminated under President and assigns it to that President. Common thing I here is Bush had surplus and blew it. Reality is Bush tax cuts increased governments revenue but not realized when housing bust destroyed economy. Which also ate surplus. Occurring under Bush, therefore his fault by short sighted people.

    War is liked by none. Economical cost are high, I leave the rest out for my purpose. Will use Kennedy instead of Reagan or Bush since John was a Democrat:

    “Our true choice is not between tax reduction, on the one hand, and the avoidance of large Federal deficits on the other. It is increasingly clear that no matter what party is in power, so long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenues to balance our budget just as it will never produce enough jobs or enough profits… In short, it is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now.”

    John F. Kennedy

    “The Kennedy tax cuts”

    “Just as happened in the 1920s, the share of the income tax burden borne by the rich increased following the tax cuts. Tax collections from those making over $50,000 per year climbed by 57 percent between 1963 and 1966, while tax collections from those earning below $50,000 rose 11 percent. As a result, the rich saw their portion of the income tax burden climb from 11.6 percent to 15.1 percent.”

    “Harmful Spending & Complexity”

    “Lower tax rates are important, but they are not the only critical issue. Both the level of government spending and where that money goes are very important. And even when looking only at tax policy, tax rates are just one piece of the puzzle. If certain types of income are subject to multiple layers of tax, as occurs in the current system, that problem cannot be solved by low rates. Similarly, a tax system with needless levels of complexity will impose heavy costs on the productive sector of the economy.”

    http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2003/08/The-Historical-Lessons-of-Lower-Tax-Rates

    Often I hear on other site I go to number are slanted. Only source numbers can come from is IRS. Foot notes give source. Anyone can check. However heritage is renown and reliable source. Even obama has used as source publicly. Although caught misquoting.

    You life has changed under obama. Most obvious you have a Gulf of Mexico heavily polluted because he refused to wave Jones Act and bring in ships made to collect leaked oil. Both above water and beneath. The fleet now there are mostly fishing boats and fitted barges. Unable to keep oil off shore. This will affect you financially and more. His administration ignored the regulation that would have stopped the leak. As I have shown in another link. Did not do all to pick up oil.

    He sunk his hands into your pocketbook and you child pocketbook. Their children as well. Debt equal to all debt of all Presidents put together. Had tax cuts been used, jobs could have been created and fractural National debt we now have.

    You have been effected. Just don’t know it yet.

    You will…

    “Democrats were WARNED of Financial crisis and did NOTHING”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPSDnGMzIdo

    “Pelosi Caught In Major Lie- Says Bush Didn’t Warn Congress About Financial Crisis… Records Show He Warned Congress 17 Times in 2008 Alone”
    Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, May 3, 2010, 3:24 Pm

    http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/05/pelosi-caught-in-major-lie-says-bush-didnt-warn-congress-about-financial-crisis-records-show-he-warned-congress-17-in-2008-alone/

    “Are the Bush Tax Cuts Working?”

    “The three Bush tax cuts have offered tax relief to every American taxpayer and businesses as well. Individuals and families kept more of their own income and tended to spend it or invest it, which led to impressive economic growth. Tax relief also lowered the cost of capital, making it easier for businesses to expand, increase profits, and hire more workers. Nearly all economic indicators show that we have recovered from the 2001 recession and are in a period of economic expansion.”

    “Unfortunately, many of the Bush tax cut provisions have “sunset clauses” and will expire soon. Nearly all elements of the 2001 Economic Growth and Recovery Tax Act will expire in 2011 if legislators do not make them permanent. If that doesn’t happen, taxpayers will face the largest tax increase in the nation’s history.”

    http://taxesandgrowth.ncpa.org/news/are-the-bush-tax-cuts-working

  • Bill Hedges

    “If I could turn back time “
    “If I could find a way I’d take back those words that hurt you and you’d stay”

    Cher sung it so well…

    Couldn’t help following in your
    footsteps.

    Push and turn back time to Clinton. Take back NAFTA, Community Reinvestment Act, and Gramm-Leach-Bliley.

    Then our Kennedy, Reagan, and Bush longest running Bull Market would still stay.

    We all could drive Ferrari fast. No crash.

    “Little GTO, you’re really lookin’ fine
    Three deuces and a four-speed and a 389
    Listen to her tachin’ up now, listen to her why-ee-eye-ine
    C’mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO”

    No obama in White House.

  • Bill Hedges

    ObamaGate

    Nixon got his special helicopter ride, time for obama’s ride to immorality. He is the Chosen One :

    “Harris: Obama knew of Blagojevich plot”

    “A top aide to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he believed Barack Obama knew of Blagojevich’s plot to win himself a presidential Cabinet post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate.”

    “John Harris, Blagojevich’s former chief of staff, testified Wednesday in the former governor’s corruption trial that three days after the Nov. 4, 2008, presidential election, the ex-governor told Harris he felt confident Obama knew he wanted to swap perks.”

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/2427402,CST-NWS-BLAGO24.article

    Chicago politics

    Is possible…

  • Bill Hedges

    Saturday, June 26, 2010

    “Giant Super-Skimmer A. Whale Sails to Gulf “

    “It’s now time for Obama to get off his ass, stop protecting U.S. organized labor, tell the E.P.A. and U.S.C.G to get the hell out of the way, and give this vessel and crew a chance to clean up the mess in the Gulf. All it needs is an OK from the E.P.A., the U.S.C.G. and a temporary exemption from the Jones Act, the latter requiring Presidential authority. Duh! Like what the hell is he waiting for?”

    “The A. Whale is a Liberian flagged, Taiwanese-owned supertanker that was just retrofitted in Portugal as a humongous skimmer. According to the vessel’s owners, it can skim and recover 500,000 barrels per day of an oil/water mix. It can process the mix on board and pump mostly water back into the ocean.”

    “This vessel fueled-up in Norfolk yesterday and is en route to the Gulf today. However, it can’t start operations without Presidential action.”

    “Please, Mr. President, stop worrying about those Union heads who helped get you elected and make this happen.”

    http://moondogofmaine.blogspot.com/2010/06/giant-super-skimmer-whale-sails-to-gulf.html

    This is a unproven ship. We know proven skimmer ships have been told NO to helping us. I am delighted this ship is steaming to our aid despite obama’s not waving Jones Act and our ridiculous EPA wanting only pure water released back in Gulf. I understand this ship can do the work of 250 of the converted fishing boats now in Gulf.

    Obama gave us ‘Holocaust of the Gulf’.

  • bones

    This article is as deeply partisan as any keith olberman commentary. This partisanship has got to stop. All men and women, republicans and democrat, men of all races, colors, and creeds, all of this nation are Americans and our politicians from both sides have been destroying this nation’s economy for ages. Why bother throwing shit at one another when any man with eyes sees that we’re living sewage and everyone’s caked. America needs reason, not rhetoric, and we should not take glee nor hope from one another’s fall. If we continue on in this way i have great fear that we will not be able to stand strong through the times that lay ahead.

  • Bill Hedges

    bones says “this article is as deeply partisan.” I don’t think truth is “deeply partisan.” You certainly did not disprove anything Nate said. You basically said everybody is guilty. Forget about it !

    I don’t think so !

    Well bones here is Nancy Pelosi lying about Bush. You know Democrats keep trying to blame Bush for recession. All those Bush warnings and that regulation bill that could have lessened recession failed by all Democrat vote. Bush is choir boy in comparison to others.

    I’m afraid bones Bush is fairly clean in D.C.. Clinton, obama, Acorn, and Democrats are wallowing in the mud like hogs love doing. Creating a recession near as bad as GREAT DEPPRESSION.

    “Pelosi Caught In Major Lie- Says Bush Didn’t Warn Congress About Financial Crisis… Records Show He Warned Congress 17 Times in 2008 Alone “”
    Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, May 3, 2010

    http://astuteblogger.blogspot.com/2008/09/sub-prime-slime-obama-and-pritzker-and.html

    Video “Timeline shows Bush, McCain warning Dems of financial and housing crisis; meltdown”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMnSp4qEXNM

    “UPDATED: Obama Sued Citibank Under CRA to Force it to Make Bad Loans”

    Posted on 03 October 2008

    “Do you remember how we told you that the Democrats and groups associated with them leaned on banks and even sued to get them to make bad loans under the Community Reinvestment Act which was a factor in causing the economic crisis (see HERE ) … well look at what some fellow bloggers have dug up while researching Obama’s legal career. Looks like a typical ACORN lawsuit to get banks to hand out bad loans.”

    “In these lawsuits, ACORN makes a bogus claim of Redlining (denying poor people loans because of their ethnic heritage). They protest and get the local media to raise a big stink. This stink means that the bank faces thousands of people closing their accounts and get local politicians to lobby to stop the bank from doing some future business, expansions and mergers. If the bank goes to court, they will win, but the damage is already done because who is going to launch a big campaign to get the bank’s reputation back?”

    “It is important to understand the nature of these lawsuits and what their purpose is. ACORN filed tons of these lawsuits and ALL of them allege racism.”

    http://www.mediacircus.com/2008/10/obama-sued-citibank-under-cra-to-force-it-to-make-bad-loans/

    “O’S DANGEROUS PALS
    BARACK’S ‘ORGANIZER’ BUDS PUSHED FOR BAD MORTGAGES
    By STANLEY KURTZ”
    Last Updated: 3:53 AM, September 29, 2008
    Posted: 3:53 AM, September 29, 2008

    “WHAT exactly does a “community organizer” do? Barack Obama’s rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question. Here’s a big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit.”
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/item_cvq7rDCHftKwJyLaecfPQK;jsessionid=410D039028FEC85C2983CBD2652C69A4#ixzz0s8jUaepi

    Republicans has some dirt on hands but Democrats are filthy dirty from head to toe.

    Thank goodness that big chunk of change did not go to Acorn. Acorn did their part to get obama elected. Other big helper for obama, Car unions, got their reward. Trial lawyers, teacher union, and abortion organization got theirs as well. Ship union employees, oh yes they got theirs, see the dirty oil slick sea. See obama trying to use bad situation to get GREEN money.

    Guess Americans got the ‘bill of laden’. We will pay for years upon years upon years.

  • bones

    Bill, the article bears the title “The Year Hope and Change Died” and sarcastically refers to Obama as “the anointed one”. I don’t believe its partisan nature is subtle.

  • Bill Hedges

    “partisan”

    1 : “a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person; especially : one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance”

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/netdict/partisan

  • bones

    Unless “the annointed one” is intended as reference to our president’s baptism, I think my point stands.

  • Bill Hedges

    Not really but you wish to proclaim yourself winner by only the title. Staying away from meat of article that explains the title.

    Nate wrote:

    “Given the turmoil and seemingly endless controversy, challenges and ongoing frustrations since President Obama took office, it appears that the original “Hope and Change” luster of the Obama candidacy is fading fast. By fast I mean like Ferrari fast. Democrats seem to be the most disappointed in the anointed one since he has failed to live up to inexplicably high expectations from day one.”

    I see why you wish to stay away from the text. It explains away the title. And your case.

    The Flim Flam Man is covered in dirt.

  • bones

    There is no ‘meat’ in the article that would indicate that the nebulous concepts of ‘hope’ or ‘change’ are dying. To the contrary, these are concepts that have lasted since humankind began. I am truly puzzled that you would choose to dispute this particular point, bill, but it is certainly your right.

  • Bill Hedges

    Now you go from “anointed” to ‘hope’ or ‘change’ are dying.

    “That is exactly the case, “he just talks” without giving any action behind it. He talks about “green energy” like it will solve our energy issues, he talks about the deficit like he pretends to care, he talks about the military as if he pretends to empathize with our soldiers and he talks about health care as if he truly wants to let people keep their existing health care plan when the truth proves otherwise. He talks about a lot of things, very few of which put him on the same page with the American people.”

    “The most egregious talking the President does has to be concerning the national debt and the deficit in recent months. Here is an administration doing its darnedest to put this nation further off the cliff into the red yet out of the other corner of his mouth, the President tries to sound like a fiscal hawk bent on cutting the waste. It doesn’t take an economics major to see through the facade and the American people have peaked behind the curtain and aren’t pleased with the surprise.”

  • Bill Hedges

    “So with this, I am pronouncing 2010 as the year when “Hope and Change” has officially died. Most of us knew it was only a short matter of time before President Obama’s voters took their heads out of the sand and began to look for the accountability, transparency and leadership they were so flagrantly promised in 2008. Absolutely none of that has transpired so here we sit in 2010, just 2 years after Hope and Change fever on the cusp of a transformational election cycle when our government is about to shift dramatically into the hands of Republicans. ”

    The polls certainly show “hope’ or ‘change’ are dying” for obama.

  • bones

    And that, Bill, is divisive rhetoric. There is nothing to be gained from it except a personal sense of vindication, and that only gained at the cost of a greater sense of fellowship and union among countrymen. Poll numbers are not entirely irrelevant to the state of our union, but nearly so.

  • Bill Hedges

    OK.

  • “This article is as deeply partisan as any keith olberman commentary. This partisanship has got to stop.”

    …. …. So long as you aren’t spending time disputing the facts, only trashing the way in which they’re delivered.

    “America needs reason, not rhetoric, and we should not take glee nor hope from one another’s fall.”

    bones, where do you think this will come from? It isn’t coming from Obama or his minions. They are dividing the country along racial and economic lines purposely. The evidence mounts daily to support that assertion.

    The point of this article is to show how the “hope and change” mantra which President Obama ran on in 2008 has become a facade which even Democrats are shying away from. How is that uber-partisan?

    Do I take pride in President Obama’s failure? Absolutely when he fails in enacting programs and policies which I know will harm the country. It isn’t a bad thing to take a stand.

    When progressive liberal policies fail, America wins. It’s the truth.

    If Obama comes out tomorrow supporting tax cuts, lowered spending and capitalist principles, I’ll applaud him and hope he succeeds.

  • Bill Hedges

    Nate

    There was this article after losing seat in MA and super majouity. May give insight into bones’s attitude. Naturally obama’s views here died here.

    “Obama Decries Divisive Rhetoric, Says Healing Can Happen if Opponents Stop Being Such Effing D-bags”

    January 29, 2010

    http://reason.com/blog/2010/01/29/obama-decries-divisive-rhetori

    “Effing D-bags” is sure to lead to hormany.

  • bones

    Nate,

    The reason I criticize your presentation rather than the facts you present is that I take no issue with your facts. However, I do believe the venom and sarcasm with which the facts are presented make the difference between educating your readers and pushing your personal interpretation upon them. The difference between these things can be profound, and considering that you’ve named your blog “You Decide” I would have believed that you aim to do the former.

    My criticism is not that your venom is worse or better than politicians on either side. In a two party system, it is inevitable that both sides will use divisive strategies to further their goals. I don’t like it, I think it very harmful to our country, but the system is set up that way. Of COURSE our leaders will try to convince us that their side is good and smart, and that their rivals are corrupt and foolish. That’s good politics. But that doesn’t mean we have to fall for it.

    The loyalty of the smart politician must first be to himself, to get reelected, to keep his constituents happy; Second to his party, one of the two rival gangs constantly warring with each other inside our governmental buildings; and lastly to do the best they can for the people they serve. Unfortunately good policy, particularly in a harsh economy, tend to be at odds with those priorities, no matter which party we’re speaking of. We need harsh measures, and no politician hoping to be reelected will dare tell us that.

    Instead our leaders put harmful half truths and lies into our heads; our wars are smart, but civil programs are expensive. Civil programs are smart, and perpetual deficit spending is ok. We’ll win our wars through hearts and minds, and torture is acceptable. We’ll withdraw from the countries we’ve recently toppled, and they’ll get on fine without us. If our government ran our healthcare, they would create death panels for us all. Our Government can afford to run healthcare, and everything will be paid for! We can reduce our massive deficit and lower taxes all at once! Republicans are the party of ‘No’, and Democrats are running the country into the ground.

    In my own view, both sides are too frequently wrong, and endorsing either one seems a folly. Taking one side, swallowing their rhetoric, it only distracts and distorts. Do you really believe Americans would think our country was on the right track if McCain had been elected? I don’t. I think our country has been off track for a very long time now, and the results are becoming increasingly obvious to everyone.

    We need hope right now, and we will need change, and we will need the clarity of mind to see that our country’s long ride toward ruination has been a bi-partisan affair. There’s enough blame to go around for us all to have seconds. It’s unfortunate that blame isn’t constructive.

    I wish I had more ideas regarding how this country can realistically recover from the where we find ourselves now. I don’t. But it’s readily apparent to me that we won’t arrive at those answers by lining up along partisan lines to bicker it out. So here I am, one voter who believes this blog is on the wrong track. More substance, less venom, that’s my vote.

  • bones

    Bill,

    Obama never called anyone F-ing douchbags. That’s not even remotely true. That’s the writer talking, inserting inflammatory words into another man’s mouth (our president) in order to make you, the reader, angrier about it the subject of his writing. Don’t fall for it.

  • Bill Hedges

    bones

    The “ ” I must use because is quote from title and required. I did not assign quote to obama. Would not unless his name was attached to quote. Please re-check.

    As you seem to imply words do have meaning from your previous post. Quick assumption may give wrong conclusion. I found that true in my studies. We something read into things not there. As it appears you have.

    Is so common title used as a draw to catch attention and get a reader to read article. Which was my point with Nate’s title. Nate is a responsible author. The meat in article explains his title. Unlike the overly “inflammatory ” title we are discussing now.

  • Bill Hedges

    bones

    Title said “Effing D-bags” not as you quoted “F-ing douchbags”

  • bones

    My apologies, Bill. No disrespect intended to you or the author.

  • First off, how would you suggest we bridge the partisan divide when President Obama will not even entertain the concept of compromise on things like health care, cap-and-trade and others? You gave him a pass to attack me. You need to look past the media spin to see what this administration is doing and how they have shut down all discussion and opposing viewpoints on the major issues.

    “In my own view, both sides are too frequently wrong, and endorsing either one seems a folly. Taking one side, swallowing their rhetoric, it only distracts and distorts. Do you really believe Americans would think our country was on the right track if McCain had been elected? I don’t.”

    I concur. Also, McCain couldn’t be doing a worse job at this point but he’s also a progressive politician in the likes of President Obama.

    I don’t stand for Republicans, I stand for conservative principles which were the founding bricks of this nation. The Republican Party disgusts me at time with its impotence and inability to actually stand for principled government. Thus, I support individual Republican politicians who show leadership in this area. I don’t donate to the GOP nor have I ever. Until they become the party of principled conservative leadership, I find it hard to give them money.

    I will always stand for the side which is pushing those principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility secure borders, strong defense and great individual empowerment.

    “I wish I had more ideas regarding how this country can realistically recover from the where we find ourselves now. I don’t.”

    Then seriously you haven’t been reading much.

    Here are 5 ways to start getting the country on the right track, and this is just off the top of my head. Granted some of these things are complex but it is a direction to head in.

    1. Repeal ObamaCare immediately, replace it with a strong private insurance market and keep government out of it

    2. Cut all earmarks which don’t fit into a narrow definition of the government’s role

    3. Curtail entitlement programs for future participants, phase out social security over 10 years or so, replace with personally owned private retirement accounts you pay the equivalent of social security into for your own retirement

    4. Cut corporate taxes to 20% or lower to create jobs and spur economic growth (repeal current tax code entirely, replace with flat tax or fair tax)

    5. Expand domestic oil, coal and natural gas production immediately

    I could go on but that is a start. I’m surprised you surrendered so quickly saying you have no ideas or answers of where to go. We know what works and what doesn’t. Empowering the government will kill the economy whereas empowering corporations and individuals will grow the economy.

    Finally, sarcasm is what I do. I like reading sarcastic political commentary so it bleeds into the way I write.

  • JD

    Let me guess, Nate, only a republican can do all that you are describing. You are sort of like Grey Poupon…Everything else is just un-civilized.

  • “Let me guess, Nate, only a republican can do all that you are describing.”

    Where did I say that? You need to get past this Republican/Democrat thing, the country is more important than stupid party labels.

    Obama’s policies are harming the country. The same policies from a Republican would harm the country (like Bush’s massive spending).

    Find me a Democrat who supports most of those things I mentioned and I’ll support them.

    I support conservative principles which often differ from the principles of the Republican Party.