The title of this video oon MSNBC was "GOP Hits Obama On Economy".
Most certainly as we near the end of the first year of President Obama in the White House and the 3rd year of Democrats in control over both houses of Congress indeed blame for the part that our government has played in regards to the promises of what their policies would do to fix the problem versus the realities that remain are properly focused upon those who are in power. (With some communities this dominates extends down from the Federal government, to the state and local government where this same machine has dominate control). While I do agree that the forces which bought on this present situation grew while the previous executive administration was in power - it is also true that the America voter "punished" them by tossing them and their party out of power. This is NOT the case in many communities where the machine extends from the local up to the federal government. They are convinced that the fix will come if this machine's hand is strengthened.
While I do believe that Mike Pence's message was well targeted and stinging in its effectiveness I think that he missed the mark in one important way. If Republicans believe that jobs are not created at the alter of government then he should have gone beyond merely enumerating how the promises of President Obama and the "Federal Democrats" have failed to deliver. A fair minded American who os elastic in his vote would note two things:
- True - that the present Democratic Monopoly that is running on One Fully Year in Total and 3 Years Over The Federal Legislature has failed to deliver promised economic bountifulness
- But - it is also true that when the GOP had the same arrangement (just no 'filibuster-proof majority in the Senate) they too did not provide for a more absolute and permanent economic fix
While I give credit to the broad voting populace for being elastic and thus punish those who are in power when they fail - (just as I am critical of the Black Establishment who drives home inelastic voting within the Black community because they are are beholden to an ideology rather than results) - I must make the observation that the ultimate management of our long term fiscal situation in America is resident somewhere beyond TWO-PARTY POLITICS IN AMERICA.
This is not a call for a "Third Party" in any way. This, instead, is a call for some sort of overlay force that keep the impending financial collapse of the American Economy front and center and confine both of these popular parties toward an exclusive focus upon the biggest threat to our nation over the next 50 years.
What good is it for one to have nominal access to health care, for example, when the granting authority is paying back $700 billion in interest payments, each year, every year - an amount that exceeds our defense budget? This is the projection in Interest spending come 2021 if we continue on this same trajectory.
American politics has collapsed into a "team sport". People have taken sides and did everything that they could to insure that "their side" was victorious in the last battle. As a philosopher friend of mine (Noah The African) used to say "While the grasshoppers fight amongst themselves, the crow's belly gets full". If rank and file Americans do not stick their heads outside of the passenger car upon which they are casually riding upon and make note that there is a big "Caution The Bridge Is Out Ahead" sign which our conductors are ignoring - we are going to witness the unthinkable right before our eyes. The "America" that we all naturally assumed was "titanic" will be rusted down to our individual piece parts because the whole has been rendered insolvent.
Had Mike Pence been operating as a "conservative" rather than a "Republican", for Republican advantage he would have put forth a message that America needs to return its strength at the PERIPHERY where the people reside and return to net productivity there where it counts. That which has been mislabeled as "No government" needs to be more accurately rechristened as "Distributed Governance" in which each community is expected establish an order by which the desired standard of living within is managed. As such the key objective of each of these government bodies is to MANAGE the resources that are in place within its district RATHER THAN functioning as a LOBBYING entity, leaning upon the heirachy of government to provide it with funds so that it can be the agent of distribution and thus fortify their power based on that which has been distributed to the masses.
Peter G. Peterson Foundation - For Fiscal Responsibility