Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Republican party is CLUELESS...

...and why I'm an angry (almost)ex-republican.

The Republicans are critizing Obama's plans for....well everything. They have nothing good to say about him or his policies, any of them. But when the President asks for any alternatives, they just complain futher about socialism or more tax cuts for the rich. WTF? Why?! Oh yeah, the rich that "create" jobs. That may have been true in Reagan's time...but now the rich only create jobs in India and other countries (can you say outsourcing?)

Oh wait, the republicans do have an idea! Impeach Obama and the Dems in Congress because their plans haven't worked yet! Its Obama's fault! Riiiiiiiight. Put the Republicans back in power. Because the last 8 years haven't been damaging enough. You know, two wars and a doubled deficit, and then a stock market crash. Right. Its all Obama's fault.

I'm not a Democrat, either. I don't like some of Obama's policies. But at least he's trying something new. Unlike the tired old "Reaganomics" that the Republicans keep proposing that only worked during Reagan's presidency. In fact, the Republicans let a short term solution that got the US out of a specific recession and turned it into a macro-solution for every problem. I used to like the Republican party. But now they have to blame a new President who has tried to reach across the aisle, who is trying some new things, and blame the economy on him, instead of looking inward and seeing that in the last 29 years, we've had a Republican in the White House for 22 years of them. And oh yea, didn't the deficit spending decrease under Clinton's budget proposals and the public debt increase only slightly (due to interest) while falling as a percentage of GDP? I'm no Clinton fan. I feel that he wasted a ton of his presidency fooling around with Monica and then lying about it. But at least, for a time, he did something and we prospered. But under the last Republican Presidency of eight years and Republican Congress of six, we have gone nowhere. (Except, of course, in doubled deficit-land, Afghanistan, Iraq, and a flooded Katrina superdome)...

What happened, Republican party? You used to stand for something. Under Reagan, you had some new ideas that got us out of a recession. You used to have leaders. Now what do you have? Rush Limbaugh, Jindal, and Palin?

I'm not a Democrat. But I'm sure as hell not a Republican anymore.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/03/25/gop-leaders-introduce-housing-plan/

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/26793903/the_big_takeover

8 comments:

Pamela D. Hart said...

What I'm hearing from Obama is what FDR did and that didn't work, either. It just seems to me that BOTH parties are totally LOST. We have way too much old blood on Capital Hill. Clinton did do some good. Just a friendly reminder, he had a Republican Congress. He worked alongside Newt Gingrich to balance that budget and get welfare reform. Now thanks to the stimulus bill welfare is like doubled.

P.S. Where should I list you on my BlogRoll? A Conservative, Liberal or should I make a new category? Maybe: Independant BlogRoll? I'll list myself there, too...lol

James Wolfer said...

Yeah, I'm not really sure...guess it depends on the issue! Some things people count me as "liberal" and on others conservative (I'm pro-life, which for me is why I'm anti-torture)...

I guess you can keep me on the liberal part for now. Until we come up with something better. I'm still a proponent for a third party.

Pamela D. Hart said...

Got it. If you want it changed, let me know. As far as a 3rd party what about Libertarian? Isn't that a 3rd party? They don't have a huge following. But look at Ron Paul, he didn't get a lot of votes, but he did get some. And some of what he said made a lot of sense.

James Wolfer said...

I don't know enough about the libertarian movement, but from what I've seen its really just another label that many militant right-wingers are using.

If we could get a true, moderate Libertarian party with major players that lean right and other major players that lean left, we'd have a balanced party. But we don't have anything like that right now that holds any power.

dmarks said...

Ron Paul was a nasty piece of work, being racist and antisemitic and colossally clueless about foreign policy. Thankfully, his ideas are very unpopular.

James: Generally, Libertarians are like Republicans, but they favor less government and also favor drug abuse.

Shaw Kenawe said...

James, Off topic for a moment. I ran a series during the last week in Dec. on people in my family in the arts. One person you may be interest to read about is Kevin Callahan and his brother, Tom.

Both of them are in the music business.

James Wolfer said...

Wow, you have quite the family Shaw! I'm impressed! I have some other artists in my family, but only one other member has actually attempted a career in it (she succeeded, was the youngest member of the Oregon Symphony ever at the time). But other than that, a lot of talent in my family but no one actually does anything with it.

Susannah said...

James, one thing you're right on about here is that Republicans lost their way - BIG TIME! We lost sight of conservative principles by trying to placate & be like the Dems (ostensibly to get them to 'like' us, vote w/ us - NEVER works. Stupid strategy & they should've known better).

I'll 2nd Pamela's comments about Clinton/Newt.

dmarks - never heard that part about Ron Paul & the racist/antisemitic stuff. Maybe that's b/c he got so little coverage. My limited understanding about Libertarians is that they are fiscally conservative & do not include social issues in their platform. IMO, a platform devoid of social issues is not particularly useful...Never heard the thing about favoring drug abuse either...