Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Republican Party Is No Longer Relevant

I just read Santorum’s Gospel of Inequality By CHARLES M. BLOW.  Mr. Blow has stated the obvious.  Regressives are merely pandering to their own base, while they alienate the rest of the country.  People realize that Ron Paul's Libertarianism will solve nothing other than ensure income inequality for all and a serf like condition for the middle class ans the poor.  Santorum, on the other hand, is completely off the rails.  He is so far off the rails that he begins to make Ron Paul look reasonable.  Santorum somehow does not see the poverty that has been created in places like Detroit because of the economic meltdown caused by the greediest in this nation.  Wealth should not be disparaged.  However, wealth at all costs, at the expense of other human beings in this country, at the expense of jobs, at the expense of the destruction of the environment, that wealth should be condemned. 

Detroit is a city that is in ruins.  90,000 abandoned homes or other structures.  Neighborhoods retuning to the wild.  Detroit, and this nation, has the opportunity to turn itself around, to rebuild and create the city of the future.  Imagine a modern city with wild open spaces, with a modern public transportation system, with building that have style rather than uninspired glass rectangles.  Detroit has the opportunity to build a European city with ultra modern conveniences; trams instead of buses; electric recharging stations for cars; trees and plants along the streets; places to congregate and relax; a place where business is not concentrated in just one area, but spread out in low rise buildings.  Imagine Reims or Brugges.

As for Santorum's rant that “They [liberals and the president] are taking faith and crushing it. Why? When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God-given rights, then what’s left is the French Revolution. What’s left is a government that gives you rights. What’s left are no unalienable rights. What’s left is a government that will tell you who you are, what you’ll do and when you’ll do it. What’s left in France became the guillotine.” What more is necessary to show that he has no concept of reality? When more than half of the country has the same laws in place regarding the churches and contraception, a state's rights issues mind you, the president is merely following the majority.  Many of these laws have been enacted by bipartisan legislatures and have been in effect for 10 years or more.  Where were the protests from the church and the Regressives then?  Why has it taken so long for them to make this an issue? The reason that this is now an issue is because the Regressives have lost the economic narrative.  It was the only thing that they could point to that they had a chance to win in November with.  But the economy is improving.  The private sector has created more jobs in 3 years of Obama's presidency then they did in all of Bush II's presidency.  Unemployment is going down, corporate profits are up, and the Dow is about to pass 13,000.  That is the point at which Obama took office as the economy Bush left was crumbling. All that is left for the Regressives is social issues that are not important to most Americans worried about the economy.

Romney has not backed off his claim that we should have let GM and Chrysler go bankrupt. What?!?! GM has turned in the largest profit in it's history last year.  Because of the deal that Obama struck with the company in order to save it from bankruptcy, the UAW become part owner.  Each union member will benefit for that profit by about $7000 in bonus checks.  Imagine, workers receiving a bonus because they helped make the company money.  What a concept.  Not to be left out, Santorum said recently, “My feeling was that we should not support — the government should not be involved in bailouts, period. I think that’s a much more consistent position.” We should have bailed out the banks the same way.  Saving the auto industry was good not only for the economy, for saving jobs, not just in Detroit but all those supplier jobs, but also for the country.  We took possession of stock in GM and we still own a good amount.  We have sold some, and it has just about paid for our investment and the American people will profit for GM as their stock price rises.

The Regressive Party cannot even claim to be a fiscally responsible party.  Statistic show that when they are in power, deficits increase (http://jimcgreevy.com/gvdc/Natl_Debt_Chart.html sourced from the US Dept. of Treasury). Regressives are bad for the economy, bad for civil liberties, bad for society in general.  They are out of touch with most Americans and they merely pander to their base of 25%.  The follow the British colonial rule of divide and conquer. They are a fringe that should stay well on the fringes of society where they belong.

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