It's interesting how both sides in our political discussion use so many mind numbing statistics to try to validate their point. I've taken three different statistics classes en-route to my graduate degrees and I STILL can't make heads or tails out of what you guys were trying to point out - other than "I'm right and you're not". So how about looking at the net effect Republican Supply side policies have had on this country? Who did those policies benefit? You? Me?
People are out of work, jobs are gone and not coming back. The MIDDLE CLASS is all but destroyed. Many Baby Boomers are scratching around looking for ways to support themselves now that their pension funds have been raided and drained.
You want to argue about whether not class warfare is going on. What do you call what's happened to the MIDDLE CLASS in the last 10 years? Certainly one could argue that the years under POTUS 43 were very, very golden for the wealthy - paid for by those of us in the Middle. And yes, we all thought we were wealthier than we really were - thanks to greed and materialism. For a lot of us, the reality of where we are today is staggering. There must be somebody to blame for this situation - it can't be ourselves.
So, let's see - according to the right, Obama is a jerk Socialist who will take away our guns and drive up our taxes. According to the left - Republicans are revisionists who don't dare want their record under POTUS 43 to see the light of day.
At the end of the day, does any of that matter? We ALL have been reduced to talking about politics to people who agree with us - and calling the other side jerks, idiots or &%$@*.
Isn't it about time we get down to the business of fixing what's broke in our country instead of blaming each other for how we got here? Is the solution to get rid of all the politician’s currently in office and bring in new, even more hard line partisans who will perpetuate the stalemate? Do you hear ANY politician currently running for office saying “I want to work with ALL of my colleagues in the Senate (or House) to fix things.”? What you are more likely to hear is the usual party rhetoric and preliminary posturing that is designed to get one elected. Ideas with carefully laid out solutions are avoided at all cost – lest you be held accountable for them once you’re elected.
Ideas, realistic solutions and accountability trump rhetoric and posturing every single time, we’ve all seen that. But long as those who lead us are in posture mode, we will be too. We can sweep ‘em all out in the next election cycles and listen to even more rhetoric and bickering while we watch the lines of the unemployed and homeless grow long and harden. That’s the position it seems we – by our national partisan addiction - have become accustomed to. It’s an addiction that is bound to destroy us all because we’ve grown comfortable with it.
But we sure as hell don't have to stay hooked.