I am not your typical Democrat. I do not toe the party line. I have voted for non-Democrats in the past, in fact this November I will vote against a Democrat again. I call Democrats out when I feel that my party is letting me or Americans down (despite what is preached at me on a routine basis).
They have decided to pass on the tax cut issue until after the election. This is the one key issue that had they extended tax cuts to 98% of Americans could have possibly kept them in power in Washington. They are afraid, however. What are they afraid of? They are afraid that if they extend tax cuts for most Americans (which a vast majority of Americans favor) and not for the richest 2% Americans that they may lose in their district. In the end, if the Democrats lose Congress this fall they have no one to blame but themselves.
They are cowards. They can point their fingers at Republicans as much as they want (and not Republicans are not blameless in this cowardly act which I will get to later) but in the end the only people they can rightly point their fingers at is themselves.
They should be out pointing out that despite the doom and gloomers prediction that by this time the country would be bankrupt the deficit has actually shrunk. Instead they are letting Republicans and the "lame stream media" push the false story that the deficit continues to grow.
The Congressional Democrats had a golden opportunity to put Congressional Republicans in a corner. Had they forced a vote on tax cuts for those making @250,000 and less, Republicans would have likely filibustered because the continuation of tax cuts would not have been offered to those making over $250,000. That would have sent a huge message to voters right before an election that Democrats were on their side while Republicans were on the side of the rich.
The Democrats however cowered under their own pressure on themselves. Sure, Republicans have bullied Democrats for two years. Yes, Republicans have cried that they couldn't get amendments into bills that were mostly filled with their amendments. True, Republicans filibustered bills and even voted against bills that were mostly over issues that they agreed with. Fact, the Republicans have sat on the sidelines for two years and have done absolutely nothing. Yet they are about to be credited for doing nothing by winning the Congress back. Unfortunately most of what they have "pledged" to do once they take over is return us to the disastrous policies that led us into the fix we are in.
Their supporters applaud this of course and turn a blind eye. Their pledge involves repealing the Health Care Reform and replacing it with ... exactly the same thing. True, the Republicans brought this "pledge" today be attempting to look like middle class Americans but looking like nothing more than stuffy white guys in fully buttoned shirts (can we please drop this facade ... yes both sides do this ... that trying to act poorer than you are by simply dressing differently fools no one?).
It is Democratically controlled Congress that has failed us as Americans. Yes it is almost a certainty that if Republicans do take back one or both houses, that things will only get worse as they try, for a third time, to prove that trickle down economics work. They had two years to get things done and got nearly nothing done. Yes, they passed a stimulus that helped stopped the recession and slowed the unemployment rate, but it was not enough. Yes, they passed a health care reform that will allow millions of Americans to finally get the needed insurance so that taxpayers will not have to foot the bill when they wait so long with a sickness that they have to go to the ER. It was not nearly enough, though.
Why? Because of cowardly Democrats, who instead of voting the way that their base favored and in many cases a majority of their constituents favored, voted the way that the insurance companies who were financing their re-election campaigns, or in some cases the highest bidder.
We need to vote out every single Congressperson, Republican and Democratic, and just start over with those that will actually represent us.
The system has failed, and my party, the Democratic Party, is the largest component of that failure.
It is time to hit the restart button.