One conclusion that may be drawn in the seven point recall election victory of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker just two short months ago is voters want balanced budgets and lower taxes.
Another may be voters, even in a solid blue state, have rejected the cost of big government and excessive demands of public unions.
In crisis public relations mode Democrats may downplay these realities blaming big corporate money’s influence in the Wisconsin election. At the same time they ignore the big union money’s influence in the same election on their side.
Former President Bill Clinton recently had favourable comments on Romney’s Bain Capital business experience and on extending the Bush tax cuts for at least another year in direct opposition to the Obama campaign messaging.
Like Mayor Cory Booker walked back his recent favourable comments on Bain Capital and capitalism, Clinton walked back the tax cut extension talk shortly after he said it. In both cases, it is impossible to un-ring a bell though.
It was announced recently both President Clinton and Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (running against GOP incumbent Scott Brown) will be prime time speakers at the Democratic National Convention in September. That should be interesting.
Warren was credited by many as being the original author of the “You didn’t build that.” collective theme strategy picked up by President Obama in his now infamous, and walked-back stump speech that drew a huge outcry from hard-working small business owners across America.
Will Warren repeat this theme in her speech? What will President Clinton do with this class warfare strategy in his speech? In reality, will Clinton help or hurt President Obama in the obvious contrast that will be drawn between the two, even as he formally announces President Obama as the Democrat nominee for President in 2012?
While many politicians in Washington, and some states like California and Illinois, continue minimising the effects of huge annual deficit spending, it appears voters understand the danger zone.
Voters, many of whom are unemployed or underemployed, also comprehend the effects of the rapidly increasing national debt on the health of the economy and a true recession recovery as well as the global value of the American dollar.
Are Democrats making a huge mistake by doubling down on new entitlement programs? This administration has seen record increases in Americans on food stamps and has even marketed the food stamps program as a new government benefit that Americans should embrace.
Yet, are bigger government programs out in 2012? Is fiscal responsibility, no matter the pain of austerity measures and far left raging, in? Will Americans reflect they really are not Europeans after all in culture and mindset?
Were politicians in Washington watching the outcome of the Wisconsin election with an eye toward the November national election? You bet they were whether they publicly admit it or not.
Should the Walker victory change the script of more big government spending and tax increases in the President Obama reelection campaign?
Unlike President Clinton, President Obama does not seem capable of moving to the centre to get things done in Washington or to appeal to more fiscal independent voters.
He has only doubled down on class warfare, collectivism, and executive orders while many Democrats in Congress run from this and even from attendance at the party convention next month.
The upcoming presidential debate will certainly be quite telling to Americans.
Even if the President will not, will Democrats in general be forced to start talking more like Republicans on fiscal matters to effectively compete for the votes of Independents?
Is fiscal responsibility back in 2012 after four years of big government spending and staggering increases in multi-trillion dollar debt that did nothing to significantly decrease unemployment and increase real economic recovery and stability in the revenue producing private sector?
Will it take a GOP controlled Congress and Senate to enact reforms and rein in spending? Most certainly we have seen it will take a senate majority leader that will allow bills to go to the senate passed by the House to get things done.
What will it take to finally get a budget passed by Congress?
With the presidential power of executive order and unelected agency head appointments, which this administration has effectively used to go around Congress, will it take a Republican president in the White House even if the GOP controls both houses of Congress?
Can you think of anyone that would not like to see the eras of President Reagan and President Clinton’s national prosperity back? Both administrations enacted major spending and tax policy reforms as well as entitlement program reform.
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