This Election, Obama, and the Republican Economy

Now that the Presidential election is set to kick into high gear Mitt Romney may be the least of President Obama's worries. The sad irony of this campaign may simply be this. Because of cowardice and complacency in fighting for what our country really needed, Progressive vision President Obama is going to be stuck running for a second term on a Republican economy. Yes, a Republican economy. The simple fact is this economy was crashed by Republicans, created by Republicans and fostered by Republicans that want anything but an economic recovery which would insure an Obama victory and second term.
Yes, even as right-wing blowhards have accused Obama of "Socialism" and everything else in the book the facts remain. Mostly Obama has failed to fight for a Progressive vision and has continued many of the disasterous policies Republicans enacted to get us to this point. Now the Republican strategy appears to be to make Obama run on their failed policies by conning America into believing Obama has done something he hasn't. Fight for Progressive policies. Now, Republicans want to paint the Obama failure as a failure of Progressive policy:

So the Republican electoral strategy is, in effect, a gigantic con game: it depends on convincing voters that the bad economy is the result of big-spending policies that President Obama hasn't followed (in large part because the G.O.P. wouldn't let him), and that our woes can be cured by pursuing more of the same policies that have already failed.

Yes indeed, this is a Republican economy. Spending is down and tax cuts are up and the American worker is paying the price yet again. Adding to their pain job creation has suffered and in fact America is losing many of the better jobs that are left:

What do I mean by saying that this is already a Republican economy? Look first at total government spending - federal, state and local. Adjusted for population growth and inflation, such spending has recently been falling at a rate not seen since the demobilization that followed the Korean War.

How is that possible? Isn't Mr. Obama a big spender? Actually, no; there was a brief burst of spending in late 2009 and early 2010 as the stimulus kicked in, but that boost is long behind us. Since then it has been all downhill. Cash-strapped state and local governments have laid off teachers, firefighters and police officers; meanwhile, unemployment benefits have been trailing off even though unemployment remains extremely high.

Yes, at a time when America desperately wanted and needed Progressive vision the President simply would not fight for it. His continuation of a Republican economy might spell his doom and the doom of the American nation if a real Republican is allowed in the White House to finish destroying the economic freedom of the 99%.

And of course with the shameful American press voters remain grossly uninformed. They might care that Republican policies that destroyed the economy have been continued and to this day insure that the vast majority of voters will not feel a bit of relief. Of course, that was the Republican strategy all along, to use their failures to make Obama a one-term President.

And all this makes the outlook for our country worse than bleak. We can re-elect Obama as the lesser of two evils and get more cowardice and capitulation that achieves nothing. We can elect Mitt Romney and get full-blown evil and a return to the idiocy of the last decade on steroids. Either way, those of us who are suffering will see little relief. It is heads they win, tails we lose.

So folks like us are left with few options. We can either hold our noses and vote for Obama or we could vote for the idiocy represented by Mitt Romney or stay at home. Unfortunately it now appears no matter which option we choose we will be voting for the same thing. The defeat of a Progressive vision before it ever even checked into the game.

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