American Elephants

Republicans Are Not Americans! From Howard Dean’s Mouth. by The Elephant's Child

I can remember when Democrats were largely sane. Granted, it was some time ago. But they are slipping over the line. Howard Dean was ranting to a Democratic crowd in Colorado last week, and announced that:

Republicans have sold the country down the river for their own purposes.  They have decided they like power so much that they think it’s O.K. to take away the right to vote. They are not American. They’d be more comfortable in the Ukraine or Russia. But stay away from our Country which is based on the right to vote.

Harry Reid is in the Senate, mumbling “Koch Brothers, Koch Brothers, Koch Brothers,” endlessly.

I don’t know of any Republicans who ever wanted to take away anyone’s right to vote. We do believe that people should be required to show picture ID to prove that they are who they say they are —the same thing you have to do to get on a plane, buy  liquor,open a checking account, or enter the Justice Department building. Democrats rely on voter fraud to win elections. That’s why they favor amnesty.

The Koch Brothers are very rich, and very generous public philanthropists who build cancer centers, support civic enterprises, and sometimes give some money to the Republicans. This latter gift is the one Democrats cannot bear.

What seems to have taken over the Democratic Party is an idea that they must win at all costs. Everything is about winning. They are livid that Republicans disagree. Republicans do disagree with their policies, the same policies we have always disagreed with.

Monday night, at a 60-person Democratic fundraiser, President Obama told donors that the debates over scandals such as Benghazi and ObamaCare are pointless:

The debate we’re having now is about what, Benghazi? Obamacare? And it becomes this endless loop. It’s not serious. It’s not speaking to the real concerns that people have,” said Obama.

He added that Republicans are “trying to figure out how they can make people sufficiently cynical, sufficiently angry, sufficiently suspicious that they can win the next election. I hate to be blunt about it, but that’s the play.”

Democrats march in lockstep. They all say the same thing in the same words. They do not deviate from the party line. Which makes it difficult. Democrats fell in love with Barack Obama in a giddy, awestruck fashion. He won the election in 2008. He won the Nobel Peace Prize, European crowds loved him and cheered the American president. His inspiring life story. His beautiful family. His dazzling smile. He truly seemed to be the Messiah. Have you forgotten the excess?

He was the first black president, which proved that the Democrats weren’t the party of Dixiecrats and segregation after all. He passed ObamaCare which meant a right to health care for all. Democrats would win forever and always be in charge. Everything seemed possible.

But Democrats live in the same world that we do. When Republicans criticized the auto bailout and “cash for clunkers,” and refused  even a single vote for ObamaCare, and even took it to the Supreme Court and yet the Democrats still won—it must have seemed that the future was golden. But Republicans kept complaining that ObamaCare was bad policy. The economy didn’t get any better, unemployment kept climbing. Obama brought the troops home from Iraq but didn’t get any credit for that. He’d promised to close Gitmo, and that didn’t happen. There were messes with the oil rigs in the Gulf, and the Keystone XL pipeline offered thousands of jobs, and the Republicans didn’t even recognize that the oil it carried was dirty oil, and must be banned.

Then ObamaCare was rolled out, the uninsured would be covered, the folks with pre-existing conditions would be covered, and it was all a complete foul-up. The websites didn’t work, some states never signed up a single person. The lawsuits kept coming, and Obama kept moving deadlines and changing rules with executive orders, and it was clearly demonstrated that everything Obama had promised the American people about ObamaCare was a lie.

A perfectly good scheme to cut back on the influence of the domestic terrorist Tea Party went all balls-up with a huge scandal at the IRS. And the Ambassador and his IT man were killed at Benghazi along with some former SEALS, and the administration tried to cover it up with a stupid anti-Muslim video, which didn’t work. And the Veterans Administration was shown to be covering-up wait lists that meant many, many veterans died while waiting for care. Our own military veterans.

Democrats may not be sane, but they are not stupid. Their dreams are ashes. A new Politico poll says that 60% of voters say the Obamacare debate is “not over.” And according to a new Gallup poll, Americans rate “abuse of power/corruption” as the second “most important” problem in America.  It looks as if they are not winning after all. Their utopian dream of single-payer health care is crumbling. Republicans keep talking about the scandals.

This is very bad. We need two viable political parties that agree on some things, disagree on others, trying to do what is right for our country. That’s what the Founders intended—two parties working together representing the differing viewpoints of the people—arguing and fighting, but with the goal of agreeing on a policy. The goal cannot be the destruction of the other party, nor firing squads nor concentration camps. Totalitarianism — demanding your own way — doesn’t work. Been there, done that.

Democrats cannot admit that Obama really isn’t the Messiah. So they are enraged at Republicans who are causing all this trouble and grief. They call us racist, want us silenced.  We have no right to disagree with their dreams.

Denying Middle-Class Prosperity for Political Purposes by The Elephant's Child

President Obama, when he speaks about the economy or unemployment, always tells us how he wants to build the economy from the bottom up, and the middle class out. He usually goes on about middle-class stagnation, and how the middle class is suffering, which he blames on inequality and declining incomes. But the facts suggest otherwise. Members of America’s middle class are far better off than they were 30 years ago, and they live much more comfortably than their counterparts in other countries.

The research that shows the middle class stagnating looks at market incomes, which is an accurate gauge of employment compensation, but a misleading way to look at a family’s financial resources. It does not consider how Big Government redistributes income.

The rich are not getting richer at the expense of the poor while the middle class stagnates. The CBO adjusts market income by subtracting taxes and adding in the cash value of social benefits. When you then divide households into five equal groups, the data reveal that average disposable household income grew by 40% for the middle quintile and increased by 49% for the bottom quintile.

The average American family has 38% more disposable income than an Italian family, 25% more than a French family,  and 20% more than a German family, when adjusted for purchasing power. The public unknowingly often agrees with politicians who claim the middle class is struggling to make ends meet. We are most aware of inflation at the grocery store, when we watch the price of beef go up and the size of packages of other products go down while the price stays the same. Add that to constant worry about unemployment and deficits and debt.

Mobility is still working, and things are not as bad as we are told.

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