Ever get the feeling you can see what’s going on in the Future?
I was listening to NPR and there was a bit of news on how Barack Obama would not be able to get the same boost he got last time. Never mind the sudden shift in representatives based on redrawn maps; I heard about the death of the first-time incentive and the dropoff in Democrat registrations.
Trust me, it didn’t sound good for the Democrats.
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There’s multiple threads going on here which are going to raise Hell on Obama.
First off, there’s the decline in Democrat influence. Fact is, a large proportion of the “New Democrats” that aligned themselves behind Obama in 2008 didn’t care to vote in 2010, leading to a severe rightening of Congress and many state houses and governorships. I remember tracing the lockstep movements of The Koch Governors (Florida, New Jersey and many in the Midwest) going from Rapid Rail to Rights to Bargain (including Indiana congressmen “over the head of their governor”).
Then there’s the debt ceiling. We’re already technically in default, although right now the government’s working to sacrifice their own worker’s pensions to keep themselves running; meanwhile the House Republicans keep stalling. And the thing is, THEY WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO FALL APART! And they’ll probably get their wish…indeed, they’re probably hoping for a couple more capitulations from the Democrats so they can time the final collapse in time for the Elections, blame it all on the Democrats and mop up.
Then there’s Obama. So desperate for something to have done by himself that he’s sold the nation down the river. We wanted Healthcare, he gave us enslavement to private, for-profit insurance companies (and worse, left the hard work to be done later…most likely by people out to make things much worse than they are). Then he was so desperate to get the budget together that he set the stage for the dissolution of Social Security. That’s Right, by doing a temporary tax cut on the SS taxes, he showed people that Social Security (and Medicare and Medicaid by extension) were expendable. Don’t think Koch, Palin, Gingrich, Savage, Limbaugh and their ilk didn’t notice.
Of course, Obama was following in the footsteps of Clinton, in that in the ability to do something and say he “did something for the people” he made sure things got worse. And while there are people who go out of their way to support anything that’s not Republican (or support Democrats), there are many who remember.
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And what’s going to be remembered?
Try promises kept in word but broken in spirit.
Try giving away the good stuff to do anything.
Try going out of the way to forget that sometimes NOTHING is the best thing to do.
I just heard that thirty percent of businesses were preparing to stop offering insurance to their (wage-earning) employees by 2014. Imagine that.
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I also wouldn’t be surprised if the economy doesn’t recover over the next couple years. After all, the companies are still hoarding money. Not hiring, (heck, when McDonald’s is counted for half the hiring by the government you know something’s wrong) not spending, hoarding $$$. Don’t be surprised if something happens which nobody’s prepared for.
And don’t be surprised if, on November 7, 2012, we’re looking at a radically different congress. One in which whole states have nothing on the Dem side. One where Republicans have not only made gains on a map (which looked too suspiciously like there was a threat of invasion of the Red states by the Blue states) back to the 2000/2004 borders, but beyond…to an invasion of the Great Lakes Rust Belt (Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa now firmly Red, Michigan Blue only because The Powers That Be ain’t finished with punishing that state) and the Northeast (New York is now isolated, thanks to NYC). Don’t be surprised if Oregon goes Republican, making things Red from Sea to Shining Sea.
And how will thing go from there?
Watch one thing: The South Shore Line. If that gets closed down, you know what happened….