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Updated on July 4, 2011

What Ideas?

In about three months, America will be having it's first midterm election of Obama's presidency. These elections usually mean a loss of seats for the party in power, so the question is always "How Many?". Depending on who you ask, losses for the Democrats will either be little worse than usual, or potentially catastrophic.

The main tool the GOP, it's corporate allies, and their mouthpieces like Beck and Limbaugh have used is an anti-incumbent sentiment. Corporations and their CEO's, seeing threats to the profits and power through things like banking and health insurance reform, have stirred up the Tea Party movement and their agenda of obstruction and promises of repeal.

I think a lot of this stems from the fact that the GOP lacks any real new ideas or solutions. Their solutions are still based in the pro-corporate polices that contributed to the situation that America currently finds itself in; lack of bank and financial regulation, until recent legislation was passed, led to a real estate collapse and the domino effect that followed, trade policies that allowed corps to ship jobs to places where labor is cheaper and health and safety regulations are weaker has created a shortage of good paying jobs, and likely forced many people into the "McEconomy", a too cozy relation between oil and coal companies and regulatory agencies led to both the West Virginia Mine Disaster and the Gulf Oil Spill.

These are the policies that the GOP and it's candidates want to return to. But you'd be hard pressed to know, as the GOP focuses on building anger and rage, two traits of any right-wing movement, to get people to vote against their economic interest and for corporate candidates.

So what can the Democrats and their allies do to stop this. In debates, in editorial pages, on blogs and forums, ask the GOP and their supporters what their solutions are. Imagine what would happen when voters saw that what the GOP has in the way of ideas are the same ones that they rejected in 2006 and 2008?

A second thing is point out that what the GOP wants to do is likely going to make things worse, doing nothing is not going to improve the situation, and attempts to repeal legislation will be blocked or vetoed.

When a child doesn't get their way; they scream, stamp their feet, and refuse to move. The GOP and it's corporate contributors seem to be doing much the same thing.


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    • Ed Fidecaro profile image

      Ed Fidecaro 

      9 years ago

      You know for once we're on just about the same page - I refer you to my hub Politics and Poetics

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      Howard Schneider 

      9 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      The Republicans are overlearning from the current political situation. They have been saying no from day 1 of the Obama administration and they have seen their polls improve steadily. What they don't take into account is that the terrible recession they initiated fully kicked in via unemployment during the first half of 2009. This and the fact that the party out of power always does better during a non-presidential election. Their lack of ideas, nay saying, and hate fostering will ruin them in 2012 and for years to come.

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      Steven Miller 

      9 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      Well you totally hit the nail on the head on this one when you stated "I think a lot of this stems from the fact that the GOP lacks any real new ideas or solutions." The GOP has no new ideas whatsoever. The only thing they are doing is attempting to divide American and create an environment of discontent and fear. I will make sure to link this up with my hubs as well, like and You have my support. Sabotage is no way to help America. What the GOP is doing, is supporting a form of economic terrorism, period.

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      9 years ago from NE Ohio

      "the GOP focuses on building anger and rage, two traits of any right-wing movement, to get people to vote against their economic interest and for corporate candidates."

      Nice line.


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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Good stuff as usual! Cheers buddy!

      Here's something you might enjoy listening to:


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