Monday, August 16, 2010

The Democrats Fight Back

At long last, the Obama administration has compiled talking points for Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. This campaign material is essentially defensive and does not reflect pride in the Democratic controversial legislation.

To offer hope for improving the economy: the Federal Open Market Committee is using proceeds from the Fed's vast mortgage-bond portfolio to buy long-term Treasury securities to increase the money supply by least 2 trillion dollars, thereby loosening credit and stimulating business activity. Warren Buffett objects, saying the move would lead to inflation. However, the policy change is a desperate attempt to revive the economy before November 2 and can be made without getting 60 votes in the Senate.

To offer hope for reducing the federal deficit: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced “a cut in the military budget,” then explained that inefficient programs would be eliminated, the proceeds used for “war fighting” with the result that the next military budget will increase by “only 1% over inflation”.

To offer hope for an end to the American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Dates have been set for withdrawals of combat troops “subject to safe conditions on the ground” but with the understanding that US residual military forces will remain to train native troops, to protect the US embassies and the private contractors hired by the US to support the residual forces.

To offer proof that the US will continue to pursue and destroy Al Qaeda, Taliban and other insurgencies: Members of Congress are urged to cite the Wikileaks report on the 92,000 secret documents as well as the CIA -inspired report on the “Secret Assault on Terrorism” that appeared in the New York Times to show that the US military effort has been widened to many more countries on two continents. Message: we will protect you no matter what it takes.

To offer proof that the governing Democrats are not liberals: Cite Obama's Press Secretary Robert Gibbs who insists that the administration has no “professional lefties”, or people who “want to eliminate the Pentagon”, or desire “to have a Canadian health care system” imported to the US, or “relentless liberals” who were the base of the movement that put Obama in the White House.

Will these strategies help to reverse the current decline in the political fortunes of the Democratic candidates? Do they truly reflect the aims and ideals of the Party? Will they build the Party or blur the Democratic message and foster disunity? These questions must be answered to the satisfaction of the voters.


jmsjoin said...

Jerome I hate to always sound the pessimist because in reality I am an eternal optimist who happens to be a common sensed realist.

That said, I have to laugh that anyone thinks that the economy can be revived in the long term let alone in 2 months. We are only furthering the bankrupting of America Obama's predecessor started. This manufactured crisis still has a ways to go down.

I do find it commendable Gates eliminating a redundant command to save money but the pessimist in me knows it will be wasted elsewhere.

I think the withdrawal in Iraq is great but my youngest left Iraq a month ago and went directly to Afghanistan where Petraeus said troops will be there as long as need be.

Knowing we are not smart enough to declare job well done and come home. The Taliban are in their glory knowing right where we are on the Pakistan Afghan border is where they long believed the end of days war will be fought and we will be joining the graveyard of Nations.

All we need for proof on going after Al Qaeda is the Billion a month we are spending to get the 25 in Afghanistan. Yes we are going after them in North Africa, Somalia and Yemen which is the new front in this so called war on terror but this is barely beginning 9 years into it.

There is cause for hope but not for the Democrats they do not have the spine to fight the Republican disinformation machine or the knowledge including Obama. We can though hope we average Americans hold together and save the day.

Katrina and every event since has taught us the Government is useless to us and we are on our own. If there is hope it will come from us not either party as they are only concerned with themselves.

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