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Forum Post: Should Obama run on the GOP's record? Should the GOP run on Obama's record?

Posted 6 years ago on Jan. 23, 2012, 11:11 a.m. EST by brightonsage (4494)
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It seems to me that Obama can run on the GOP's record. Everybody says jobs are the most important issue. If that is true, we can look at what the GOP has said and done about about jobs.

They say we should cut the taxes for the rich, get rid of regulations that protect children from poisonous toys, air and water quality, air travel safety, consumers from predatory lending and forged affidavits falsely claiming ownership of millions of homes, hedge fund managers, dark pools, derivatives, drilling deep water oil wells with safety valves that don't work most of the time, oil pipelines that are poorly designed, constructed and maintained, and these are just a few of the regulations they say they don't want and have prevented in order to "create jobs." They actually did all of this for 8 years with Bush and have been mostly successful maintaining these policies under Obama by creative obstructionism. The Bush tax cuts are still in place.

Despite their success, almost no jobs were created in the two terms of Bush. Then the meltdown that they made inevitable happened and unemployment went to 10%. And, they have prevented most of what Obama wanted to do to create jobs. Of course Obama had to give them more tax cuts to get a weak stimulus package that economists said was too small. Even with all of their stated intent and actual success in preventing Obama's policies from being implemented, more jobs have been created in the last two Obama years than in all of the Bush years.

So, it seems Obama could rightly claim that the GOP's policies on taxation and regulation are what has failed. And that the tiny sliver of his policies that got implemented apparently worked better than anyone expected.

Looking at the whole situation objectively, one would have to note that Obama was stupid enough to appoint Larry Summers who collaborated with the GOP and Greenspan back in the Clinton years to set up the financial meltdown and Geithner who collaborated with his banking buddies to shelter the banks from the just consequences of their looting of the world financial system. And the banks have continued to rip off the American consumer with the help of the GOP and complicit Dems.

There are no good guys, only guys who haven't been caught, yet. There are worse guys, however, They are the ones who win regardless of who wins, if you know what I mean. They are the select members of the 1%. We, on the other hand will get more of the same obstruction and failed policies and lose again.



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[-] 2 points by guru401 (228) 6 years ago

There is no difference between Obama and the GOP. They all believe in big government. They all believe in war-mongering. They all believe in reducing our civil liberties. They are all financed by the big banks.

[-] 2 points by brightonsage (4494) 6 years ago

I don't know whether they believe in big government as big opportunity for themselves. Those big opportunities come from the 1% who have trouble deciding whether they want their corruption in the form of waste, fraud, and abuse or as deregulation that allows then to steal directly from us without a middleman.

[-] 1 points by iwantfreemoneynow (58) 6 years ago

Rahm Emanuel told Obama to pretty much downplay that first term, not much there going to help get him reelected. He needs to promise jobs and economic growth if he's going to get anywhere. I mean, who want's to hear about 9% unemployment and trillions down the rat hole.

We have to talk about tomorrow not yesterday!

[-] 1 points by brightonsage (4494) 6 years ago

You are right about tomorrow. Maybe the first thing to do is get their attention. Right now they can't hear us for listening to the cash register ringing up those 1%er's contributions to the superPAC's.

[-] 1 points by TitusMoans (2451) from Boulder City, NV 6 years ago

If any politician ran on his or her record of accomplishments for the average American, he or she would lose.

As far as worse guys, they all look the same to me, and it isn't a pretty sight.

[-] 1 points by brightonsage (4494) 6 years ago

Well, there are those who can see what didn't work and plan to do more of the same because the guys that pay them want them to. And, there are the guys who say they want to do something different but can't. get enough of the others to go along with them so that we can see, 1) if they really would do as they say and 2) if it would really work.