With the early-November midterms barreling down upon us, every day it becomes more and more apparent that elections have consequences. Don’t believe me? Just look at the newest endangered species: Democrats.
Less than two years ago the hope-and-change Democrats were the talk of the town, but now they’re being run out of town. They had their short-lived political fun under the sun, and now they’re done. There’s no question that come Nov. 2, the Democrats will lose control of the House of Representatives and perhaps even the Senate.
There’s also no question why the Democrats are losing control: The vast majority of Americans have had it with President Obama’s “hope and change.” Can you really blame them? Obama has had anything but the Midas touch. Everything that he has tried has succeeded only in exacerbating the recession, skyrocketing the national debt, taking away personal liberty and jeopardizing national security. With an abysmal track record like this, it’s no wonder Americans can’t wait to clean house.
Part of that housecleaning could include Tempe’s beloved Harry Mitchell, who has walked virtually lockstep with Obama — voting for Obamacare, the stimulus, etc. Come Nov. 2, angry voters are going to remember this and send Mitchell packing.
It’s guilt by association.
For starters, look at the abysmal $787 trillion stimulus. Obama promised it would keep the national unemployment rate from going above 8 percent. But as everybody all too painfully now knows, Obama failed to deliver on the promise as unemployment has hovered around 10 percent for the last 14 months.
Look at Obama’s promise that the stimulus would create “shovel ready” jobs. It’s bad enough that these shovel ready jobs never materialized, but Obama recently admitted in New York Times Magazine that there really is “no such thing as shovel-ready” jobs.
Look at Obama’s promised “Summer of Recovery.” This past summer was anything but a recovery. The economy is worse now than ever, as attested to by not only the staggering unemployment rate but also the near-stagnant growth in job creation.
And look at Obamacare. Touted as the holy grail of health care, Obama’s socialist vision of utopian universal health care has become America’s worst nightmare. At a time when many millions of Americans couldn’t get a job and/or keep their home, Obama decided that health care reform was our nation’s most pressing need. In so doing, Obama couldn’t have shown worse judgment and leadership. This horrid legislation was rammed through despite the adamant opposition of the vast majority of Americans.
Obamacare marks the first time in our nation’s history the federal government has forced all Americans to buy a product. This is as un-American as it gets. Americans have always had the freedom to buy what they want, but now Big Brother has the unmitigated gall to tell us that we have no say in the matter. Chillingly Orwellian, this draconian legislation ominously portends the loss of more personal liberty. Today we have to buy health care. Tomorrow it’ll be something else. When will it end?
It’ll end when “we the people” stand up and take back our government. In this regard, President Reagan couldn’t have said it better: “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”
Philip Moon is a physics instructor at Mountain Pointe High School and Rio Salado Community College