As all of the political pundits on both sides of the aisle are very much aware, Republicans are going to win big in November. The GOP is projected to win a majority in the House and take enough seats in the Senate to effectively bring the Obama agenda to a screeching halt.
Democrats are in a panic. They have made their bed and are now ill-disposed to succumb to the inevitable consequence of having to lie in it. Thomas Geoghegan over at the marxist rag The Nation has the solution for these reluctant Democrats, (at least in the form of a strategy to win their power back), Ten Things Dems Could Do to Win.
The foundation of his strategy is that the Democrats need to do something for their base. “DO SOMETHING FOR YOUR BASE!” Geoghegan stresses this point by repeating it three times. Evidently, he is of the opinion that the extreme leftist agenda of this Congress has not been left leaning enough for his taste. He thinks that much of what this Congress has accomplished in the last four years has helped too few, or benefited too many in the red-states.
Here are the ten things Mr. Geoghegan thinks the Democrats should do to win:
1.) Raise Social Security to 50 percent of working income.
Social Security is in serious trouble. In 1950 there were sixteen workers supporting one SSI recipient, it is now down to three workers per recipient. By the time today’s young workers retire, each of them will be supported by only two workers. Mr. Geoghegan admits that to raise the SSI benefits from 39% to 50% of working income will mean higher taxes. Since when has raising taxes been a strategy for political victory in the modern age? Saving Social Security is a multifaceted problem which should be urgently addressed by both Republicans and Democrats, not used as a political football.
2.) Let’s extend Medicare to people 55 to 65.
Medicare is way over burdened as it is, but I am sure that the over 65 crowd won’t mind at all if Medicare resources are stretched a little thinner so that Democrats can buy the votes of the 55 to 65 crowd. Oh, and do I really need to point out that it will mean higher taxes?
3.) Make it a civil right to join, or not to join, a labor union.
Actually, I love this idea. Freedom and liberty for all, at least from compulsory union membership and the dues that go along with it. It is a great idea. A conservative idea, libertarian even. The Dems will never, ever get behind it.
4.) Put in a usury cap of 16 percent.
I am sure that placing limits on returns in the financial sector will not shackle our economy at all, and the amount of capital available for economic growth will not be diminished what-so-ever.
5.) Set up small government banks like the German Sparkasse.
Probably the dumbest idea of the bunch. With such a long and notorious history of fiscal mismanagement, who could possibly think that the government should get into the banking business. The left might argue that the government could not do any worse than the private sector, and the vast majority of Americans would burst out laughing. The federal government does everything much worse than the private sector, and at three times the cost.
6.) Give everyone the right to six days of vacation—six consecutive paid working days.
Can the left ever come up with a strategy for political victory that doesn’t include forcing one set of Americans to give something to another set of Americans? Besides, I already have this benefit, out of the goodness of my employers heart; and I am just an hourly, blue-collar grunt.
7.) Let employees sue corporate officers for breach of fiduciary duty to the corporation.
Wait,…what? This must be number 56 on the list of voters top political issues. I mean, how many times have you heard someone at the office water cooler say, “Gee, I sure wish some politician would get behind letting us lowly employees sue our corporate officers for breach of fiduciary duty to the corporation.”
8.) Pass a College Bill of Rights.
Oh, yeah! A lot of votes there! Good luck with that!
9.) End the filibuster.
In a separate piece, Thomas Geoghegan tries to make the case for the elimination of the filibuster rule. Despite the fact that both parties rue the filibuster rule when it works against them, they laud it when it works for them. I really doubt that either side will be in favor of permanently getting rid of it. Besides, the legislative process is supposed to be difficult, by design. It affords a small amount of protection for ‘we the people’ from legislative tyranny.
10.) Get the country out of debt.
First, Mr. Geoghegan stresses that the Democrats must do something for their base, and now he says, get rid of the national debt. The two are mutually exclusive. Several of the proposals that he himself has put forward will add to that debt. The left does not know how to solve any of America’s problems without throwing money at them.
I believe that if the left continues to think like this, and if the Republicans have learned their lesson to the extent that they begin to govern as conservatives, with the Tea Party movement as their self-appointed conscience, the Jackasses will be out of power for a good long time.
Of course, we all know how Democrats behave when they are out of power. They are more like Demo-brats, constantly whining and throwing fits. Americans can put up with it in exchange for this one chance to put an end to this on going enslavement to government, and to finally be able to get off of Uncle Sam’s plantation. Besides, the antics of Jackasses out of power are enormously entertaining. I especially enjoy the drama the ensues following each election cycle when the still powerless Democrats ponder what they could have done differently, and/or besmirch the intelligence and sophistication of the American voters. Pure entertainment.