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The whole World is watching U.S.

Updated on December 7, 2011

As I look back on the sequence of political events, strictly from a strategic point of view, an argument can be made this in fighting began with the 2010 Mid Term Elections. The Republican Party picked up a substantial amount of House seats in both the State and Federal levels of government. Additionally, they narrowed the gap in the U.S. Senate while winning numerous gubernatorial races. The Republicans touted this conquest hyping the catch phrase “the American people have spoken.” They mistakenly coupled the electorate message of divided Government with the Republican Party’s agenda of sweeping Spending Cuts.

In the twenty-four hour news cycle in which we live, Republican casting came up with an image the public would identify with. The illustration they chose publicized a trio we have come to refer to as ‘The Young Guns.’ This is the face the party decided the public to identify their agenda with. Their mission to propose a budget plan strictly intended to reign in out of control federal government spending became inherently clear. Debt reduction became the issue front and center, fore without a realistic outlook toward the future; the nation would indubitably die a slow death. As they pushed their message of a responsible Deficit and Debt reduction agenda among the media, they postured and prepared to make the big leap. On April 5, 2011, Chairman of the HouseBudget Commitee, released the GOP's " Path To Prosperity" Plan. The key talking point was unmistakably clear;

"Our budget cuts $6.2 Trillion in spending from the president's budget over the next 10 years and puts the nation on track to pay off our national debt."

Indeed, a monumentally ambitious program to set the country on a reputable and sustainable trajectory geared toward the financial security of future generations. The potential hitch in the plan was it embraced the perilous third rail of politics; Entitlements. On the projected chopping block was an arrangement to reform Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The rationale following the third rail allusion became a more than a theory, it became a reality. It’s identified as such; due the fact the third rail is where all the power is located. The Paul Ryan Budget Plan clutched it firmly using both hands. The power can be converted from public opinion straight to the voting booth, and Democrats weren’t about to pass up this gift and unsurprisingly seized the moment.

On April 15, 2011, the House of Representatives passed the Ryan Budget Plan along a party line vote. The Senate vote came up significantly short, thereby preventing the proposal to reach the desk of the President of the United States. The Democrats went on the offensive, using the Ryan Budget Plan to portray it as an attack on the poor and middle class. Indeed, the plan called for lowering the tax rate for the top income earner bracket from 35% to 25% thereby opening yet another door for a point of attack. This brought on the next series of debate between the Democrats and Republican political parties; The Republicans adamantly claimed raising taxes on the Job Creators would kill jobs. The Democrats argument was firmly entrenched that no evidence existed to support their claim. Additionally, the Democrats portrayed the Republicans as placing the burden upon those whom could least afford it, the poor and the elderly.

Eventually this led to Debt Commissions and Debt committees to negotiate compromise in a futile attempt to find common ground with respect toward a solution of the nation’s Debt and Deficit Crisis. Eric Cantor became the next of the Young Guns to be in front and center, advocating a position of unyieldingly Spending Cuts without any concession addressing Revenue generation. Meanwhile, Paul Ryan faded into obscurity, presumably because public opinion sided against his budget proposal. In fact, he no longer is a supporting cast member standing behind Speaker Boehner in press conferences. The ‘Young Guns’ have one less round in the chamber of a gun being held to the heads of the country.

So after all that’s said and done, arguably absolutely nothing constructive, this exercise in futility has been a downright waste of time. The principle focus once again has been deterred. Job creation has acquiesced to discussion of raising the Debt Ceiling. President Obama initially requested a clean Debt Ceiling bill, and after months of haggling, may be compelled to appease Republicans, in order to divert a downgrade in the nation’s credit rating.

Nothing short of a daytime soap opera, the strategies of the parties seem to be playing out in a campaign for the 2012 elections. The president is presenting a perception of ‘bending over backwards’ for the good of the country to Republican demands. The Republican Party caucus in trying to gather enough support from their Tea Party base to arrive at a deal. Standing in the way is the extreme wing of their base, the Tea Party, whom will have no part of raising the Debt Ceiling and is willing to face the consequences of the prospect of default. So far, neither side has blinked, bringing the political fight down to the wire as we await reaction from the financial markets to force a break in the stalemate.

Which party will benefit from their posturing along the way? To their credit, whether right or wrong each are sticking to their guns. With much drama yet to unfold, the eyes of the world shall be upon us. Fore their financial security, as well as ours, hangs in the balance. Will the Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States be Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann or possibly Rick Perry? Will the Democratic ticket remain the same with Vice President Biden as the number two man or will the Democrats look ahead to the 2016 election? If so, a ticket change of V.P. is feasible with Hillary Clinton or Andrew Cuomo. In any regard it is shaping up to be quite the performance by both sides.


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    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I especially appreciate your recognition of the video accompaniment. I spend much of the time finding the proper song to express the musical setting & tone. Always up for suggestions. Thank you for your kind thoughts and comments.

    • YogaKat profile image


      7 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      Everybody Wants to Rule the World . . . great vid to accompany this hub. On a positive note, as Americans we have a vote for the future. Unlike North Korea, China, etc. Thanks for explaining American politics . . . I always vote intuitively because republicans, democrats, libertarians want to rule the world. I think Obama has done a good job with the mess that George Bush left.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for your insight FitnezzJim,

      I tend to agree, maybe if we were under seige from China there would be a consensus,but then again...

      The good news is, as you said, we get to cast our vote at the ballot box in November 2012. In the mean time I'll keep Pluggin' & Hubbin' to get out the vote...gjf

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for your comments Western History,

      Agreed, then the debate will contiue over debt reducton, until its time to raise the ceiling once again, until November rolls around and the subject of Jobs is never considered.

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      8 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Good summary, and I agree completely that both sides are engaged almost 100% in political posturing. Sad. I'll continue to say it, and write about it when the evidence presents itself. Our system presents too many indications that it is no longer about representing the people, and no longer about representing the states, but is instead about elected individuals maintaining allegiance to their political contributors and to their respective parties.

      Because of this, no issue - no matter how important, no matter how we feel about - no issue will be resolved on the basis of rational dialog that seeks compromise, nor will it be resolved without someone trying to claim a political victory.

      Remember in November 2012, and Vote.

    • WesternHistory profile image


      8 years ago from California

      This is political posturing. Unfortunately it rattles the financial markets but will be agreed upon at the last minute.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks HS,

      I'm afraid its looking more and more like a short term extention with spending cuts. I do however believe, although the battles have gone decisively to the Republicans, they may lose the election war. Voter turnout is imperative. Keep on plugging, Keep on Hubbing. gjf

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      Howard Schneider 

      8 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      I agree with you that this is an extension of the 2010 campaigns. I am now convinced that the Tea Partiers will vote against ANYTHING. They want to blow up everything. It is absolutely amazing to me how irresponsible and ignorant they are. The leaders on both sides need to pass something to raise the debt ceiling. This HAS to be done or else we will be relegated to the middle or lower tier of world economies. Great Hub GJF.


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