Monday, January 9, 2012

Running against Bain from left and the right

GOP Party Chairman Rancid Priebus was out on Fox Sunday trumpeting that Americans shouldn't vote for Obama since they aren't better off than they were three years ago. By that logic there are about 3 million Americans (the 1%) that should vote with their pocket books for Obama. They are not only better off, but the few thousand at the top have captured trillions of American's wealth. Yet they oppose Obama with a white hot fury and feigned righteous patriotic fervor. This is not because they bleed for the little guy that’s been left behind, they believe the little guy should pull himself up by his bootstraps. Not that they ever did, and they‘ve been stealing everyone else‘s bootstraps.

They feel threatened by Obama, but not because he has impeded them in any meaningful way so far. Although you must consider how bad things would be, if they truly had a free hand. They oppose him because he speaks the unspeakable truth every now and then. They are afraid people are catching on, and I'll point out again that even Republicans don't want to vote for Republicans. The way Bain Capital does business is actually being used against Romney by Republicans candidates. Not because they oppose such tactics, they’ve all gotten rich from the de-criminalization of piracy as a business plan, it‘s because it‘s the only way to get votes.

Fewer Republicans voted in the Iowa caucus than four years ago even though the number of registered Republicans is way up in that swing state.  New Hampshire isn't expected to be any better. The voters want that mythical Republican that will deliver on trickle down economics, make free trade work, "spread the wealth" (oops, something Obama said) and make us safe from terrorism by killing Osama Bin laden (more oops than Rick Perry).

Even Republicans are getting tired of the empty rhetoric, Obama passed the Republican alternative to Hillary Care (to be fair, it also has a lot of protections the Republicans didn't offer). Small business used to the base of the Republican Party, but people like Mitt Romney have driven them out of business.

People on the right will cling to their guns and religion only so long. The kids and the grand kids are living in the basement but the Republicans are telling them to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. All the while cutting local police, fire protection and closing schools. Their jobs have gone to China, and it's starting to sink in how this happened. They're worse off than three years ago, but three years ago they were worse off than eight years before that, and the same people are back telling them the same things.

Obama started talking about the end of outsourcing in his Saturday radio address. It's still just talk, but it's the right kind of talk. It could be just part of Obama’s strategy of running against Bain Capital, he isn‘t proposing anything to stop them. That part will be up to the rest of us.


John said...

How about Rancid Priapus ... or is that giving him too much credit?

John Puma