Democrats struggle to keep a grip on reality

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The statements coming from the Democrats in DC these days are almost beyond belief.

Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said this week: “I don’t think we’re going to lose the Senate. I really don’t. I think the Democrats will continue to keep the Senate. And quite frankly, with some of the dynamics I see out there, I thinks Democrats could actually retake the House of Representatives.” (Cue the dancing unicorns and sparkly rainbows)

Harry Reid said “The massive layoffs we’ve had in America today—of course they’re rooted in the last administration—and it’s very clear that private sector jobs are doing just fine. It’s the public sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation’s all about.” Yes. Let’s grow government some more. And blame Bush while we’re at it.  The Wall Street Journal wasn’t buying it and frankly, the American people shouldn’t either.

Going back to 2008, the Labor Department reported 111.822 million employed private workers at the end of 2008. The number plunged during the recession, and as of September of this year overall private employment had climbed back to 109.349 million. But that’s still some 2.5 million fewer jobs than in 2008. If this is doing fine, we’d hate to see Mr. Reid’s definition of lousy.

Obama himself has had some real doozies. How about this one, on ABC’s “Nightline” – “I believe all the choices we’ve made have been the right ones” or how about this one? “What I say to the American people is that we are moving in the right direction,” or even “the health care bill that we passed is absolutely the right thing to do but it’s going to take awhile before it’s even fully implemented, much less taken full effect.” Of course, we still don’t have any way to pay for that “little” piece of legislation known as Obamacare).

In the last 3 years, we have seen deficit spending that is completely out of control, the threat of higher taxes and a glut of new regulations – some 70,000 just this year. The unemployment rate has been above 8% for 32 consecutive months (in spite of Democrat promises that their $1.2 trillion stimulus would keep the rate below that mark) and we have an unprecedented 26 million Americans who are underemployed.

According to a recent report from Sentier Research, median annual household income has fallen significantly more during the “economic recovery” period from June 2009 to June 2011 than during the recession lasting from December 2007 to June 2009. During the recession, real median annual household income fell by 3.2 percent. During the economic recovery period, real median annual household income fell by an additional 6.7 percent.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average weekly earnings for employed workers—which actually grew during the recession—have declined since the president’s stimulus. Inflation adjusted weekly earnings grew by 3.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2007 when the recession began to the second quarter of 2009 when it ended. Since the end of the recession, weekly earnings have fallen by 2.3 percent under President Obama’s stimulus policies.

The Christian Science Monitor recently reported, “The standard of living for Americans has fallen longer and more steeply over the past three years than at any time since the US government began recording it five decades ago. Bottom line: The average individual now has $1,315 less in disposable income than he or she did three years ago at the onset of the Great Recession…”

On October 20, 2011, Reuters reported, “An unofficial gauge of human misery in the United States rose last month to a 28-year high as Americans struggled with rising inflation and high unemployment.”

While the Democrats struggle to keep a grip on reality,  Republicans are (finally) returning to the core of their party – limited government, free market, innovation and entrepreneurship. In other words, getting government out of the way, removing uncertainty from the marketplace, and allowing the American dream to flourish.  (Unless you want to braid hair in Utah……but that’s another post or three of its own.)

Steve Jobs said it well when he told Obama last year that the United States needed to become more business-friendly if it did not want to lose its edge. Jobs talked about how much easier it was to build a factory in China than in the U.S., where there were too many regulations and needless costs. And he complained about the U.S. education system, saying unions protected bad teachers and kept principals from hiring good ones.  Finally, he flat-out told the president “You’re headed for a one-term presidency.”

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5 Responses to “Democrats struggle to keep a grip on reality”

  1. Jerome Borden Says:

    The Democrats remind me of that public announcement at Woodstock. Please don’t eat the brown acid. Some of this stuff is that unreal. Thank you, Holly, for exposing it.

  2. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    Redistricting is going very bad for the republicans this year so Tom Harkin might not be that far off. CA and IL will swing 7 to 10 seats into democrat hands, and Fl ohh my my my, Fl is an absolute disaster for the republicans. Fl a lot of seats could swing to the dems as the republicans simply haven’t been able to find a way around their new state constitutional amendments for fair districts.

    Republican garrymandering in Oh, Wi, Pa, and other states will allow them to hold many of the seats they gained in 2010 but at the cost of creating many dem safe districts as well. The swing back from these states as the republicans simple won’t be able to hold every seat will result in a fair number of dem wins as well.

    I won’t go so far as to say them republicans may have garrymandered themselves into a minority in the house, but that is within the cards.

    Senate is a different story, Dems will pickup Browns seat, Snowe is on thin ice as well. to soon to give any projections but holding the senate, it is not however out of the question.

    Situation could improve for the Dems as well if any of the new voter ID laws are found unconstitutional for their above and beyond restrictions on college student voting(Mi), restricting info about how to obtain a valid id(WI), or possibility of certain states ID requirements being construed as a poll tax due to onerous requirements to obtain a said valid id(WI,FL,MI,SC,Texas). OH voter ID already toast as groups in that state successfully gathered enough signatures for the citizens veto option in that state(suspends law until next election where it is placed on the ballot).

    Going into 2012 republicans also have 2 key states where the republican governor polls below 30% on a consistent basis, FL, and OH. Frankly the mountain republicans have to climb going into 2012 is much larger then you are suggesting.

  3. James Sparks Says:

    Until the Republicans finally accept the fact that they’re deregulation policies of the last 20 years and allowing businesses to mega-murge. The problems we face will not be resolved. Yes George Bush is to blame for most of it, accept it, learn from it.

  4. Kyle Friant Says:

    @Ronald Hunt
    Here you go again…

  5. John Says:

    Holly, I disagree with your premise. It suggests they had a grip at some point.

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