Skip to comments.All Hail the Death of Bipartisans
Posted on 10/08/2012 3:16:24 AM PDT by Kaslin
The presidential playbook generally calls for a successful candidate to swing to the middle when they are running unopposed for their partys nomination.
But as we enter perhaps the final three months of the Obama administration, its becoming increasingly difficult for anyone to make an appeal to the center, if indeed a center even exists in American politics anymore.
Obama has destroyed the political center in this country, and for that we can be thankful.
Because Obamas policies have exposed the basic problem with the bipartisan approach favored by establishment Republicans and so-called Blue Dog Democrats.
Both of those centrist elements have often led the country to believe that limited government meant accepting half the social and economic agenda that more radical Democrats propose.
Romneycare is a great example of that.
In attempt to provide half-a-loaf- or perhaps half and aspirin is better-Romneycare offers the worst of socialism with none of the benefits of capitalism. Romenycare is nonsense, filled with wonkishness, wrapped in the Beltway- and it doesnt even attempt to address the problem of spiraling healthcare costs that it was originally supposed to solve. In fact, it pushes costs higher.
Somewhere along the line, however, voters got wise to the Washington dodge: You dont really have solve problems in DC or state capitals- actually you can even try to make them worse- you just have to wrap solutions into a complicated system. Now your job is to convince everyone that the system doesnt work because its someone elses fault.
The days of that dodge are drawing rapidly to a close.
Romney may win- in fact he probably will win. But thats only because this year in the race to be president, Romney looks a little less like Barack Obama than Barack Obama looks like George W Bush- policy-wise
Why is the dodge dying?
Thats what happens when you spend 40 cents of every dollar on government, but yet still cry for more; thats what happens when you spend us to the brink of default and still cant figure out how to stop the spending; thats what happens when spend more money in ten years then the top ten years of the New Deal added together; and then you try to tell the country the patently ridiculous lie that its not enough.
A sagging economy, world-wide unrest, spiraling debt, domestic dissatisfaction fueled by internet social organizations have given rise to populist movements of the Tea Parties and Occupy Wall Street, that while fundamentally different, are expressions of the same unrest.
And still Obama remains stuck at the far left of his partys spectrum, fueling leftist fantasyland policies that dont work, often with an assist by the center of American politics.
But no matter how far left Obama swings, it wont be enough for his critics on the left. In the meantime, the rest of us suffer from policies crafted by compromise and outright deceit.
One candidate in the Nevada Senate race is running a grassroots campaign by calling out Obamas failed policies in the housing sector, by promoting policies that will hurt housing worse still.
Nevada real estate has been particularly hard hit by dropping real estate prices, so running against the administrations policies makes sense. The candidate opposing Obamas policies however isnt Republican Dean Heller, who is also vying for the Silver States Senate seat.
Instead its Democrat Congress-tron Shelley Berkley (D-Confused).
Berkley ran ads earlier on Facebook under the heading: Big Banks are to Blame, with text that says: Millions of Americans lost their homes b/c of big banks, yet Pres. Obama WONT investigate. Shelley Berkley is asking why not? Join her.
The click-through directed people to a petition site that asks: Tell President Obama: Hold Banks Accountable.
Lets get back to shareholders holding companies accountable. Lets stop rendering our economy unto 435 tyrants in Congress plus one Cesar Chavez in the White House.
Because when Shelley Berkley had the opportunity to hold banks accountable, she voted for TARP.
In fact, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington have Berkley on their Dishonorable Mention list, for mixing personal profit with politics. Shes an opportunist even amongst the professional class of opportunists operating in Washington.
But that wont stop some in the GOP from reaching across the aisle and trying to craft a compromise, punitive measure that punishes banks, kind of- because thats what opportunists do.
Voters have one month; and one hell of an opportunity.
The media has pressed for two parties; the Democrats and the Bipartisans.
In its very best embodiment, bipartisanship is a ruse used by milk-toast politicians to be all things to all people, while standing for nothing.
So, good riddance.
Solomon's suggestion that the baby be cut in half is the best indictment of compromise. If the wife wants red walls, & the hubby wants blue, is purple acceptable to both? The right solution combined with the wrong solution will yield a wrong solution every time.
Politically, the Left has become so radical, so immoral, so economically ignorant that compromise surrenders the right to the incredibly wrong: You want all my wealth, I want to give you nothing, so we compromise & I must give you half. Next year, we will do it again, & again, until I have nothing & you have it all. This is the point where the Left realizes compromise is a bad idea!
When there is continual compromise, the survival of the good things of our society is practically nil - they are compromised away.
In our lives, we learn, often the hard way (me), that some things cannot be compromised: Lines cannot be crossed, people best not known, things you just don't do. Compromise means trouble in these areas. If you compromise with thieves, liars, cheats, & perverts, you will lose every time. With compromises being made daily with the likes of Rangel, Frank, Waters, Pelosi, & Reid, who truly expects things to get better?
"In attempt to provide half-a-loaf- or perhaps half and aspirin is better-Romneycare offers the worst of socialism with none of the benefits of capitalism. Romenycare is nonsense, filled with wonkishness, wrapped in the Beltway- and it doesnt even attempt to address the problem of spiraling healthcare costs that it was originally supposed to solve. In fact, it pushes costs higher."
FINALLY an article I agree with 100%.
Thanks for posting it.