The GOP has presented no new ideas; they are recycling failed ideas from the past that when looked at hard, show no signs of actual prudence or progress from 1981.
The GOP claims they want to be “fiscally responsible” and “cut spending” and “cut taxes”. A look at history from 2000-2006 and the current campaign season proves they don’t have the restraint necessary to do anything but cut taxes. Dems need to nut up and stop whining.
p.s. Here’s a great interview with the President in Rolling Stone:
Obama in Command: The Rolling Stone Interview | Rolling Stone Politics (via TPM.)
It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election. There may be complaints about us not having gotten certain things done, not fast enough, making certain legislative compromises. But right now, we’ve got a choice between a Republican Party that has moved to the right of George Bush and is looking to lock in the same policies that got us into these disasters in the first place, versus an administration that, with some admitted warts, has been the most successful administration in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward.
The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible…It has been hard, and we’ve got some lumps to show for it. But if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.
Further (when asked if he thought the Tea Party was being manipulated):
There’s no doubt that the infrastructure and the financing of the Tea Party come from some very traditional, very powerful, special-interest lobbies. I don’t think this is a secret. Dick Armey and FreedomWorks, which was one of the first organizational mechanisms to bring Tea Party folks together, are financed by very conservative industries and forces that are opposed to enforcement of environmental laws, that are opposed to an energy policy that would be different than the fossil-fuel-based approach we’ve been taking, that don’t believe in regulations that protect workers from safety violations in the workplace, that want to make sure that we are not regulating the financial industries in ways that we have.
Register to vote today! The last thing this country needs is a giant step backwards into the 1980s.