I’m sure that everyone out there is feeling just as meh about the election results as I am today. Unless you are a republican who wants to impeach Obama, that is.
It was pretty much a given that the Republicans were going to gain some ground during this election cycle. I guess I’m just mystified as to why.
According to all the fear mongering and jingoism, the country is going in the wrong direction. and it’s all Obama’s fault! His policies are bad for Murika, and we need fixin’!
Dow over 17K. Millions of jobs created. Unemployment down to Pre-Bush levels. Automotive industry saved. Housing market rebound. GDP up. Deficit cut by 1 Trillion dollars. Osama bin Laden killed. Troop withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan. Access to healthcare for more citizens. And more!
All of this happened during the Obama presidency and is basically the exact damn opposite direction of the way things were headed during The Bush years. And yet the American public say it’s the “wrong” direction and voted accordingly.
So. What exactly is wrong here? Where is the direct negative impact? I’ve asked several republicans today to explain to me how they are worse off now than they were during the Bush presidency. Not one has answered me. Yet.
It’s all just so frustrating. Especially since I participated in the democratic process by voting and yet feel completely impotent.
The problem is the electorate is comprised of, what for the most part are the dumbest mother fuckers out there. I’m serious.
I agree with you, cb. in PA, we did get rid of our do-nothing GOP gov. but everything else blows goats. and I also second truthspew’s thought.
I am mystified as well, especially since the Republicans have done but one thing in the past six years. And that one thing is to stymie, to paraphrase Mad Madame Delphine LaLaurie, that niggra in the White House.
Agreed. Such a great story to tell, but the Dems didn’t utter a peep. Sean Eldridge, the (gay) guy running in my Congressional district, emphasized pro-choice, anti-fracking, being an independent voice for Washington, and not beholden to financial donors (his partner is a billionaire co-founder of Facebook). The district’s registration leans Dem and was where our fantastic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand cut her political teeth.
Well said. I’m quite disheartened by the election results.
Voter apathy. Not enough of the right people voted. Even voter suppression in states requiring photo IDs in order to vote. Religion, too, is the reason these kind of emotional decisions are made. Churches bus their ultra-conservative congregations to the polls to vote. Many elections have been swayed from the pulpits.
The GOP has rattled the cages of every ignorant inbred in the nation. We are not ruled by the votes of the educated and informed, but by the blindly ignorant. The idiots who vote for Bachmann and Cruz are the people who are directing the direction of this sad and strange country.
I loved Mitch’s speech, how they are looking forward to passing legislation and getting things done. Why didn’t they work on that the past 6 years? When they inevitably decide to focus on healthcare, marriage, and abortion; people need to ask their republican friends “So what happened to jobs and the economy?”
Here are a few reasons why the electorate smacked the dolts in power.
0) Labor participation rate near historic lows: Virtually all the so called gains in employment have come from people dropping out of the labor force rather than getting jobs. There are fewer workers, (in absolute count the numbers), today than there were in 2010 yet the population has grown by millions. This disturbing statistic is hard to rationalize away but Obama’s plumbers keep trying.
1) A criminal drone on sight foreign policy: The policy of firing missiles into knots of civilians, in countries the US is not at war with, is creating far more enemies than it allegedly kills. Suppose some foreign power was firing missiles into Twin City neighborhoods. Imagine how you would feel. Yes Bush was guilty of droning as well but the current clown has taken this spectacularly bad idea to an insane extreme.
2) Increased healthcare costs for most non-subsidized ordinary tax payers: I will grant that Obamacare offers some relief to lower income individuals and people with pre-existing conditions. This is an improvement. Unfortunately it is coming out the hide of people like me. In the last two years my premiums have increased almost 40% and most of that increase is driven by restricting plans. I work for an insurance company and we are crunching the damn numbers. I do not need birth control in my health insurance but I am paying for it anyway. I understand that increasing coverage will result in increased costs and taxes but I deeply resent being lied to. If Obama had said, it’s going to cost more, and some of you are are going to lose a bit of what you have, but it’s going to improve the lives of people that don’t have a lot options, there would be far less bitterness. Unfortunately, telling the truth is the last thing this administration considers.
3) An out of control monetary policy that favors entrenched interests: We cannot blame Obama for the fundamentally nondemocratic, borderline criminal and ultimately destructive behavior of the FED but we can fault him for profiting from and siding with all the centralizing, “do what I tell you,” forces of modern society. Bitcoin has demonstrated how we can eliminate the FED, national currencies, centralized mint control, and even thuggish entities like the IRS. Large parts of the state are obsolete and scheduled for digital destruction.
4) Basic contempt for people that disagree with him: Ever since his famous “bitter clingers” gaffe it’s been apparent that Obama cannot abide critics. Good leaders realize they are not the brightest bulbs in the room and strive to surround themselves with superior minds. With the exception of Steven Chu most of Obama’s appointees are dismally dim bulbs. Bush was an idiot but at least he had the sense to hire smarter people. Yes lefties hated Cheney but few accused him of being stupid, but, if there is one thing both Democrats and Republicans agree on, is that Biden, assassination insurance, is!
You appear to have forgotten:
5) Cuz he a nigger.
” I do not need birth control in my health insurance but I am paying for it anyway.”
You likely paid for it before and didn’t even know. It’s just now required. And if you think about it, birth control is cheaper than welfare in the long run.
I don’t need to cover pregnancy care either, but it’s figured into my insurance.