It’s time for the Democrats outside of the President to step to the forefront and start conveying the message needed to hold off a Republican takeover. Democrats are caught in a catch-22 right now as there best speaking voice happens to be an unpopular speaking voice; President Obama. Currently Democrats are trying to figure out the best way to use the President on the campaign trail; while the President received a raucous welcome at the University of Texas there was no sign of Democrat Bill White who is running for Governor of Texas. If Democrats want to hold onto control of the House (not likely) and Senate the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, and Barney Frank have to start putting their stamp on the message. Republicans like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are always in front of the cameras; I know this because their foolish comments are always great material for political satire for shows like The Daily Show, Countdown (Keith Olbermann) and The Rachel Maddow Show.
If the Democrats want to generate excitement they have start making their presence felt daily; I feel like the only consistent message I get from Democrats is from the White House, Robert Gibbs specifically. The message should be real simple for Democrats to voters; REPUBLICANS HAVE NO PLAN!!!!!
Well I shouldn’t say they have no plan; they have actually come together and agreed to say NO to anything Democrats want to do. Even if that means making the less fortunate suffer; for example Republicans decided they could not support extending unemployment rates BUT they could support extending Bush Tax Cuts that only affect the top 2% in America. And how do Republicans plan on paying for those Bush Tax cuts??? Well at first they said they shouldn’t have to be paid for as the tax cuts will generate growth. That explanation was quickly dismissed by many economist including Conservative economist, so Republicans decided to ok lets float the idea of raising the retirement age…
WTF, so Republicans want hard-working middle/working class Americans to break their backs until they are 70 so that they could retire and earn social security. The current early retirement age is now 62 for those wondering.
Does this make any sense to anyone???
Does it make sense for working/middle class Americans to work longer so that the likes of Bill gates can get a tax cut??
This is what Democrats need to talk about, President Obama wants to continue giving 95% of Americans a tax break while Republicans would rather turn their back on the working/middle class!!
Other Talking Points Democrats need to focus on….
- Republicans talk about supporting small business but they are blocking legislation that would help small business. The Small Business Jobs Act would create a $30 billion fund for community banks to lend to small businesses. It would also increase limits on existing Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and give small businesses additional federal tax breaks.
- Republicans tried to block the passage of $26.1 Billion State-Aid Package that would save the jobs of 161,000 teachers and 158,000 public works employees (cops, fire fighters etc..). Republicans referred to teachers, cops and fire fighters as special interest groups. The bill also helps states going broke to fund Medicaid.
- Republicans wanted to protect BP; the company that caused the oil spill in the Gulf. While Democrats wanted to raise the cap for damages from $75 million to an amount that would actually cover the cost. $75 million is not nearly enough, but Republicans wanted to protect the Big Oil Companies.
- Republicans who run on the platform of repealing the 14th Amendment are insane, HA!!!! Constitutional Amendments are very very difficult to pass; a perfect example of this is the Equal Rights Amendment aka ERA. It was first proposed in 1923 to affirm that women and men have equal rights under the law; it is now 2010 and this is still not an amendment. Any Republican pushing the idea of changing the constitution is a nutbag.
In my opinion if Democrats talk about these basic Talking Points no sane individual could possible support the current Republican agenda. In all honesty it’s not like Democrats have it all figured out but at least I can see some kind of a plan. Now if we can get Republicans (except Paul Ryan) away from just saying no and actually presenting some ideas then maybe we can start making real progress.
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!