Election 2012: The Blame Game
The blame game starts with the top.
Is it the same old Blame Game, or something new this time around?
It has already started, the blame game playing out in Election 2012.
Is someone to blame for 8.2% unemployment, for a National Debt out of control, for decaying infrastructure, for a Congress (House and Senate) that has a 10% approval rating, for the embarrassing drop out rates in the nation’s schools, for gangs, drugs, illegal immigrants, for runaway medical costs, for a tax system even the experts can’t fully understand, for our military and military families stretched thin and hurting, for seemingly endless imprisonments at Guantanamo naval base, for bank foreclosures and families losing their homes, for escalations in world tensions, and for the European Union’s instability?
In the remaining weeks until Americans vote on November 6, 2012, we will hear a lot about who is to blame, and when the voting is finally over, the blame game will continue. Any Americans who are hurting want to know who is really to blame, and if possible see them punished, and things made right.
Governor Romney and Representative Ryan will be representing the Republicans in their efforts to blame the Democrats and President Obama.
President Obama and Joe Biden will be representing the Democrats in their efforts to blame all Republicans, including Governor Romney
Governor Romney faces the traditional burden of trying to defeat a first term president. President Obama faces the burden of answering two questions Americans have, namely what have you done for me lately, and why do we have so many problems?
Governor Romney may have the easier task, if he can keep the focus on the existing problems and convince America’s voters that President Obama as the man elected in 2008 to bring about positive “Change” is the man responsible for not changing the existing problems.
President Obama faces the difficult task of finding others to blame for any problems voters might feel show poor leadership and a need for a new leader to sit in the Oval Office at the desk where former President Truman famously kept a sign which read “The buck stops here!”
How American voters vote in November 2012 will depend a lot on which political party wins the blame game.
For example, President Obama is pointing his index finger at the European Union and trying to say that European leaders and banks need to solve their problems, because their problems are making it difficult for him to successfully execute his policies here at home.
Governor Romney is arguing that with President Obama retired as a one-term president, Romney can turn the country around and provide the needed leadership to get spending under control while maintaining a necessarily strong military, and getting Americans back to work.
President Obama is saying that the present Congress is not enacting his jobs plan or his unbalanced budget, and is holding up solutions to a number of the problems he faces…even though he spent his first two years in the Oval Office at a time when Democrats had control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Governor Romney has said that the national health plan President Obama touts as his single biggest accomplishment, is a trouble plagued version of Romney’s own plan for Massachusetts when he was the Massachusetts governor, and that America cannot afford it in these troubled times, and he will work to see it overturned.
President Obama will blame Governor Romney for adding to the political divisions in the United States and for representing a Republican Party which cares more about its own political fortunes than it does about the well-being of the country.
Governor Romney will blame President Obama for needing on-the-job training after just one term in the United States Senate, and for getting poor grades in both his federal jobs., while being unable to guide America to fulfill the promises Obama made throughout Election 2008.
The televised political debates between the two, seen by millions of voters potentially nighlight some of these parts of the blame game, and ultimately the voice of the people as expressed in their secret ballots will decide the winner of all the problems someone is surely going to be blamed for.
© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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