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Friday, 03 December 2010 11:54
Lame Duck Congressional Democrats, Obama, Pelosi Pushing Lame Policies
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Forget the popular TV show; the real biggest losers today are the lame duck Democrats in Congress. Despite a thrashing in the November 2nd elections, congressional Democrats re-elected their hapless leader, Nancy Pelosi, and are working with the Obama White House to push a radical leftist agenda in this abbreviated session of Congress. This is happening against the will of the American people and with the backdrop of an increasing unemployment rate.

 

Today, the nation’s unemployment rate surged to 9.8 percent, with over 15 million Americans unable to find work. In response, Democrats think they have found the solution: increase taxes on the “wealthy.” Yesterday, House Democrats voted for a plan to increase taxes on those making over $200,000 per year. These so-called wealthy Americans own small businesses and employ working class Americans who need jobs. This horrific tax increase plan will create more unemployment at precisely the wrong time.

While class warfare politics has worked for Democrats for many years, it does not work today. In fact, polls show a majority of Americans support extending the Bush tax cuts for all taxpayers. Unlike liberal Democrats, average Americans understand that raising taxes is never a good idea, but, in a recession, it is a horrible idea.

If Democrats had any sense they would be pursuing policies to lower taxes and give businesses incentives to hire more Americans. Instead, Democrats want to extend unemployment benefits beyond 99 weeks and create a larger and permanent underclass of Americans who are dependent on government.

The real goal should be to wean Americans from government assistance and create real good paying private sector jobs. Today’s unemployment announcement belies the story that the country is somehow in the midst of a recovery. How can we be in a 17 month recovery with surging unemployment? In fact, the signs point to more problems on the economic front. The value of our currency, the dollar, is being destroyed by the actions of the Federal Reserve and our economy is being threatened by the actions of the Congress and the White House.

On November 2nd, the country voted for less government, less bureaucracy, fewer taxes, more personal freedom and a robust free enterprise system. The Democrats in Congress must have been living in a parallel universe during the election. They have either forgotten or neglected the loud and clear message of the voters.

Instead of pursuing plans to revive the economy, Democrats are pushing for gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, children of illegal immigrants to be able to become citizens or glorified amnesty, a dangerous arms control agreement with the unreliable Russians and tax increases on small business owners. As icing on the cake of economic woes, the administration just announced a multi-year moratorium on offshore oil drilling throughout the eastern coast and the central and eastern Gulf of Mexico. This attack on the oil industry will cost jobs and make our country even more dependent on the whims of radical dictators who lead dangerous and unstable regimes.{sidebar id=4}

In total, the agenda of this lame duck session of Congress and the White House is both dangerous and destructive. Republicans need to vigorously oppose the entire agenda and stand firm on the principles that were just embraced by a strong majority of Americans.

It is again necessary for the American people to flood Capitol Hill with messages to demand that this Congress do the biding of the struggling taxpayers and the small business owners and not the radical special interest groups that control the Democratic Party.


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Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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