By Liberal Anthropologist
And Realize They Are Giving Away The Store
Day 1 of reopened Government – Still no effect. It is funny. They can come and go and I don’t even notice. It is almost as if they were non-essential. Hmmm.
The reality today is that democrats won a battle through the media. But they are losing the policy war. There is a reason Republicans stood and cheered yesterday. Let us look at why by comparing the goals stated by President Obama in his State of the Union address with the realities of 2013.
End Sequestration – Hey dems. Did you notice that yesterday’s deal is what the Republicans called a victory just a few months ago and the dems said was unacceptable. Sequestration continues. On September 6, Eric Cantor said, “signing a CR at sequester levels, the President would be endorsing a level of spending that wipes away all the increases he and Congressional Democrats made while they were in charge and returns us to a pre-2008 level of discretionary spending.”. Only the foolish in the Republican party would say that holding spending at essentially 2008 levels is loss. You may not have noticed the pea moving but the Republicans set very high goals and ended up getting this concession in response. The Center for American Progress warned of this on September 10: “It’s easy to see why this approach would be attractive to Speaker Boehner; it is much harder to understand why any progressive or centrist would support such an approach.”
It was a huge concession of policy lost in the last few weeks of politics. Can we now admit that 2008 spending levels work just fine and the government has adapted and we do not need them any more? The sequestration is permanent. Thanks dems!
Obamacare Roll Out – The Republicans actually got a little piece of what they needed on this. Too small to be sure. But the dems got nothing. And now the public turns its attention back to the immense failure this is. Rates are higher for more people than not. Only a few thousand signed up so far. Technical glitches are horrendous and will take months to fix. There are already privacy issues arising. Hackers are attacking. People are being kicked off of plans. Hours are being reduced. Almost nothing good is happening and a lot of bad is happening. Now the dems can work on putting in place the delays they just denied. Because they are needed. The law is a bad one and the government can’t run even a Kayak.
Climate Change – Nothing in Legislation. Some new coal rules that the EPA chief has said will do nothing to effect climate change but will definitely hurt the poor. She said they were symbolic. CO2 keeps rising. The Supreme court just agreed to hear a new case over the EPA finding.
Gun Control – Nada. Zero. Zilch.
Immigration Reform – This is something I want, as do many Republicans. But Obama hasn’t managed to get this together in nearly a year. Prospects look dimmer. Core reason? Obama is a terrible leader. He knows nothing about how to work with opposition and is a community organizer. He is not presidential material. He was a double mistake by the dems who have left us with an ongoing stagnant economy and high unemployment.
Infrastructure investment – Nope.
Universal Preschool – Nothing.
Voting Rights Protections – Whatever that means. Nothing.
Raising the minimum wage – Still the same.
All this is not to mention some of his first term goals – Guantanamo still open. Iran still doing the same stuff. He not only is still in Afghanistan, but has even managed to start another war. That is what you get peace prizes for.
I could go on and on. The only thing Obama has accomplished as president is Obamacare. And that is a disaster. All the sound and fury of the last few weeks just get him back to Zero. That is the great victory. Keep celebrating those kinds of victories dems. I will celebrate mine.