What’s going on?(from humanevents.com)
Two things. First, because the president’s spending spree has failed to stimulate the economy -- as evidenced by the national unemployment figure topping 10% last month -- Americans have crafted a perfect campaign slogan for Republicans in 2010 and 2012. All they need to do is focus on three words: Roll Obama back.
Conservatives – and even most Republicans – are by nature incrementalists. They take things in small bites and chew on them for a long time to make them digestible. But voters’ anger and frustration at the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda doesn’t allow for that. If the Republicans want to make the huge gains they think are coming their way next year, they have to promise massive steps.
If the Republican agenda promises only small cut backs on Obama’s programs -- the unspent stimulus, the costs of the healthcare bill, the billions lost in taking over the automakers -- they will gain fewer seats next year than are needed to regain the majority.
But if Republicans choose to be bold -- if they promise to repeal and not just whittle at the Obama spending spree -- they can capture the political energy of the Tea Partyers and the Republican base. McConnell gets it: he proposed repeals of the unspent stimulus. But there needs to be a comprehensive itemization of the repeals as a foundation of the Republican campaigns.
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