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GOP goes deaf on will of the people, ignoring job creation

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You’ve seen the scary headlines about how the Republicans want to roll back Obama’s health care reform. You know, the one that hasn’t even kicked in for most Americans.

The stories are presented in a way that makes this seem like a significant threat to the legislation. The numbers don’t back that up.

Yes, the GOP has more members in the House of Representatives than members of the Democratic Party. And the GOP might pick off some of the remaining Blue Dogs.

But the Democratic Party controls the Senate and the White House. And if you may not remember your Schoolhouse Rock, in a veto situation, Congress must get 2/3 of both houses to override a veto.

Then again, the Dems and the White House act afraid of the Republicans, and President Obama might lose his veto pen, so you just never know.

When there is a transition between parties in the House of Representatives, there is this cry that “now we know what the people want.” The following is a truly bipartisan statement: neither major political party knows what the people want.

The Dems, especially in the House, have shown in the last four years that they have some idea of what the people want. Though what they did wasn’t far enough, they did something to try and alleviate the problems of the American people.

Of course, in 2007, there were no cries from the MSM about how the Democratic Party had the will of the people, like you hear from them in 2011 for the GOP. The GOP has claimed that it knows what the people want.

The first thing the people want is jobs. But the first item on the GOP agenda is to dismantle Obama’s health care program. The GOP also promised to work on the deficit; this would imply that the GOP would leave the health care reform alone since it will save money.

Getting rid of the health care reform won’t increase jobs, and people need jobs.

Both parties suffer from bravado from thinking they know “the will of the people” especially in the House. Congressional districts are gerrymandered in a way that a representative can easily go without meeting someone on the opposite side of the debate, until they get to Congress.

The Republicans are worse at this simply because the MSM excuses their behavior much more than the Dems. So in the Washington bubble, the GOP can ask the questions into their mirrors and get the answers they need.

The last time the GOP took over, the party had gone two generations without being in control, so they could be forgiven for being a little self-absorbed. And the Dems, when they took back the House in 2007, hadn’t been out that long (12 years) in so long even Robert Byrd couldn’t remember if that had ever happened, so they had to adjust to having power once again.

If you ask the GOP how long they expect to hold onto the House, their numbers would have served from realistic to the ridiculous. But if the GOP wants to hang onto the House for more than two years, the party leadership should consider programs that create jobs.

Job creation hasn’t been a strong suit of the GOP – not in their nature. The largest economic boon for the United States happened at a time when the Dems were solidly in charge of both houses of Congress, back when we still had a middle class.

And when the Republicans controlled the whole board, job growth under George W. Bush was anemic, by modern standards. In fact, the worst 12 years since the end of World War II all have the Bush name.

There is a natural expectation that the GOP will briefly engage in such bravado threats (getting rid of Obama health care, refusing to raise the debt ceiling). At some point, the GOP will need to turn to job creation and job growth. September 2012 – with the pressure of the presidential race and another Congressional battle – will not be the time to start trying to grow jobs.

So what can the GOP do to create jobs? Incorporate Democratic Party ideas that they think they can live with, pass them, and take full credit for the ideas as if they came up with them.

That sounds silly, but the words from the GOP playbook should include the phrase, “Copy off the Dems’ paper.”

Sure there was plenty of fear and misinformation that scared people into voting for the GOP. But the people are also frustrated that Congress isn’t listening to the people. The GOP needs to realize that its party controls the House because enough people weren’t satisfied with what the Dems did for the economy. And in 2012, without job growth, those people will turn back to the Dems in the hope that something will happen to help them.


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  1. Thanks a lot for the post, I actually learned something from it. Very quality content on this blog. Always looking forward to new entry.

    Willie Lendor

    January 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm

  2. Can I just say what a relief to find someone who always knows what they’re talking about on the internet. You as a matter of fact know how to bring an issue to light and make it critical. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

    Wilber Bewig

    January 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm

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