In the last eight months, voters across the country have raised their voices loud and clear and have left official Washington in a political quandary. What to do about the economy, the budget deficits and the national debt?
Democrats were punished last November when Republicans effectively employed a Mediscare campaign strategy nationally. They attacked the overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system they dubbed Obamacare, telling seniors the Democratic plan that is purported to cut Medicare spending by as much as $500 billion dollars over a ten year period was an attack on their medical coverage. Although the savings were proposed to be the result of savings generated by cutting abuse and fraud, it did not stop the Republicans from demagoguing the issue.
Recently in a special election that took place in a so-called safe Republican congressional district in upstate New York that was once represented by Jack Kemp, the Democratic party candidate won by 4,700 votes. The district has 30,000 more registered Republicans and was considered a no contest until Republican Jane Corwin expressed her unmitigated support for the Republican congressional budget plan developed by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
In the face of these political setbacks, both parties seem more entrenched in their positions and policies than ever. Republicans want to double down on their call for budget cuts while at the same time demanding tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations, while Democrats are diametrically opposed and want to ease the budget problems by selective cuts and increasing government revenues by abandoning the Bush era tax cuts.
Both parties claim public support for their policies.However, neither party has come forward with a plan to address the number one issue facing this country: economic stagnation.Our economy needs a shot in the arm. In the face of record corporate profits, Republicans argue that it is economic uncertainty that keeps giant corporations and smaller businesses who are sitting on trillions of dollars in profit from investing in new equipment, and most importantly, new jobs.