Thursday, April 19, 2012
Romney/Republicans; Tie One Hand Behind Their Back
I like Mitt Romney. I think he's a very intelligent, kind and decent man. No, he wasn't my first choice as a candidate for President, but he'll do. However, Romney is not likely to defeat Barack Obama and the Republicans will not garner an overwhelming majority in Congress, as is their goal.
Why? Because Romney and Republican congressional candidates have tied one hand behind their back, thus making it easy for Obama and the Democrats to demagogue Republicans as the party of the rich.
I don't believe this is true. I think the real enemy of the working man, and the working poor, are free-spending Democrats whose failure to join with the Republicans in cutting spending will eventually destroy our social service safety net. Compounding this massive failure to address the deficit will be the eventual storm of high inflation which always follows the easy money policies the Fed has managed for over three years now.
Let's look at how the Republicans will lose this one:
1) Obama flits around the country promoting the "Buffett Rule", that seemingly magic fix for our budget problems. Never mind that Obama's actual proposal is really taxing far more people than just millionaires. While Obama squeals for a squeeze of "millionaires and billionaires" his actual proposal raises the taxes on anyone who makes over $200,000 dollars per year.
2) Americans love the sound of soaking it to the rich, especially the tens of millions who draw a check from the government. Yes, the 52% who pay no income taxes. Americans do not care to dig any deeper than Obama's demogoguery. It's far too easy to attack the "fat cats".
3) The Republicans are bound and determined that we not raise the taxes on anyone. They claim that far too many of those "millionaires" are really small businesses that gross a million a year but who fall far below millionaire status. That's fine as far as it goes. Fine, go ahead and say that. However, when Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and Mike Bloomberg are begging to have their taxes raised, why in hell won't Republicans raise them? To counter Obama's goofy Buffett Rule proposal why won't the Republicans show compromise? Why won't they say "okay, while we are concerned about job losses by punishing small business, we agree that those netting over, say, a million a year, yeah, let's raise their taxes". But we absolutely oppose your plan to raise taxes on families making $200k per year".
This would take the wind out of Obama's class warfare ploy and then we can all take a good look at how much revenue these billionaires and millionaires would give us! The Congressional Budget Office has already estimated new revenue of not more than $50 million dollars and would fund Obama's deficit spending for 38 minutes! The Republicans could then throw the ball back to Obama's court and ask "how, now, Mr. President do you propose trimming that $2 trillion dollar per year deficit?
4) Mitt Romney and the Republican Congressional candidates are, for the most part, "mush-mouths". They will never be able to talk as smoothly as Obama. One reason is because Republicans tend to deal with the reality of life while Democrats paint bright and lovely dreams of making everyone healthy and wealthy and wise...but the dreams have no solidity to them.
Witness the Democrats' phony War on Women, based solely on conservative opposition to publicly fund birth control pills and late stage abortions. Not one conservative, not even Rush Limbaugh, said women shouldn't have access to birth control; they simply don't believe we have to borrow more money from China to pay for it!
Yet, Democrats are winning the propaganda war. Obama is winning his race war and his class warfare war. Dems have come out swinging and providing what too many people want: easy answers.
The Republicans, like good parents, are pointing out the pitfalls and the costs for those easy answers.
And they do so with one hand tied behind their back. If Republicans lose in November, we all lose folks. This nation cannot endure another four years of Obama's broken promises.