Are you tired of being tired about US politics? I know at this point that I am. I’m tired of the way our country is progressing in this new economy. I’m tired of the constant “Pull and Tug” in the nation’s capital at the moment. It seems to me that right at this time in our nation’s history we cannot afford for things to be “business as usual” for American politics with both parties butting heads at the people’s expense.
First let me say that I’m a diehard Democrat. I believe in the principals that the party stands for; that being said I have to say that I’m disappointed with the way that our president has run our country. I voted for Barack Obama because I sincerely believed that our country needed to be taken in a new direction.
We found ourselves in a country where we did not belong, thanks to then president George W Bush Jr. My feeling was that because he had failed to get the job done in finding Osama bin Laden, he decided instead to send our young men into harm’s way in Iraq, thus splitting our military forces and concentrating on occupying a country that we had no business entering into in the first place.
The people of Iraq really did not want us there, and their protests drove that point home. And the capture of dictator and sometime ally Saddam Hussein did not make me think any better of Mr. Bush or his presidency. In the end when he left office, he gave the incoming president a budget deficit and the country was already heading into the recession, which his administration did not cop to until it was much too late to conduct any sort of stop-gap measures to try to plug some of the holes that had already begun to erode our economy.
What would a Republican in 2012 look like?
So the question is what would our country look like if the Republicans win next year’s presidency? Let’s take a look at some of the facts behind what the republicans are already famous for as far as policy is concerned…
Please note that the following information has been taken directly from “Core Principles from the 2008 Republican Party Platform” and from “Core Principles” of 2008 Democrat Party Platform."
The Republican Platform includes the following policy agendas:
Republicans Support Only Constitutionally Necessary Federal Spending
Spend only what is necessary, and tax only to raise revenue for essential government functions.
• Republicans Reject Unconstitutional, Wasteful Pork-Barrel Special Interest Spending
The other party wants to continue pork barrel politics; we are disgusted by it, no matter who practices it. The other party wants to ignore fiscal problems while squandering billions on ineffective programs; we are determined to end that waste. The entrenched culture of official Washington – an intrusive tax-and-spend liberalism — remains a formidable foe, but we will confront and ultimately defeat it.
• Republicans Believe “It’s Your Money, Taxpayers”
The most important distinction between Republicans and the leadership of today’s Democratic Party concerning taxes is not just that we believe you should keep more of what you earn. That’s true, but there is a more fundamental distinction. It concerns the
purpose of taxation. We believe government should tax only to raise money for its essential functions.
So that is just a few of the parts of the Republican Platform from the 2008 election.
And here are a few points from the Democratic platform from 08…
• Jumpstart the Economy and Provide Middle Class Americans Immediate Relief
We will provide an immediate energy rebate to American families struggling with the record price of gasoline and the skyrocketing cost of other necessities – to spend on those basic needs and energy efficient measures. We will devote $50 billion to jumpstarting the economy, helping economic growth, and preventing another one million jobs from being lost.
• Empowering Families for a New Era
Many Americans once worked 40 hours a week for 40 years for a single employer who provided pay to support a family, health insurance, and a pension. Today, Americans change jobs more frequently than ever and compete against workers around the world for pay and benefits.
• Affordable, Quality Health Care Coverage for All Americans
If one thing came through in the platform hearings, it was that Democrats are united around a commitment that every American man, woman, and child be guaranteed affordable,comprehensive healthcare.
In meeting after meeting, people expressed moral outrage with a health care crisis that leaves millions of Americans–including nine million children–without health insurance and millions more struggling to pay rising costs for poor quality care.
Half of all personal bankruptcies in America are caused by medical bills. We spend more on health care than any other country, but we’re ranked 47th in life expectancy and 43rd in child mortality. Our nation faces epidemics of obesity and chronic diseases as well as new threats like pandemic flu and bioterrorism. Yet despite all of this, less than four cents of every health care dollar is spent on prevention and public health.
Okay, so those are just a few of the basics of both parties and I went with the opposites for each to show just what we are dealing with when we look at both parties agenda’s and they seem to be vastly different. So just what we can expect from the Republicans should they (and I think it’s quite likely) if they win this election…
In my estimation we will just go back to politics as usual…
• More tax cuts for mid to large sized business in order to create new jobs.
• A repeal of the Health Care act passed by the president.
• The social security system gone by the time our children are ready to take advantage of it.
• The president’s job bill is overhauled but passes.
Those are just my predictions if and when the republicans would take office once again. The Republican party has always believe in lowering taxes and affording mid to large sized business and corporation affordable tax advantages, claiming that this is the best way to stimulate economic growth and creating new jobs. The problem that the party will face is that many of those businesses will still outsource their labor in order to make the most profit.
I can see the president’s health care bill going south, never to be seen again. The Republicans’ party wants us to believe that the profits that the pharmaceutical companies make off of the country’s medical needs are warranted due to these companies having to test their product before they bring them to market. I suggest that the Republicans take note of all of those commercials asking people to call certain “phone numbers” if they have taken certain medications…because they may be eligible to file suit for damages caused by those very medications that are supposed to help us.
Honestly, after writing this article I’m still tired!
Can the Republicans turn the country around on their own?
They need the co-operation of the Democratic Party in order to make things happen. We are the people who elect those who serve in congress, as the president and in our government in general. I’ve been hearing about “class warfare” a lot in the news lately; well if that type of thinking is going to end, then our elected officials need to start to come together for the “People,” and stop worrying so much about making being a politician their life long career…at our expense!