From the Talking Points link above:
The Democratic official insisted it's "not a gimmick or just a creative way to mock Republican ideas." The official said the point is to teach voters "what Republicans really believe and what their blueprint for governing is."It's really heartening to see someone come to their senses. We knew it was only a matter of time.
Oh, and thank you, Tim Kaine. You're doing the country a big favor.
It's not hard to understand the reasoning that went into this decision. The Democrat-controlled Congress is looking up to see the bottom with an 11% approval rating, among the lowest on record. Democrat candidates trail in poll after poll. And what was only a pipe dream two years ago now appears to be a possibility, that Republicans could regain control not only of the House of Representatives, but also the Senate too.
And it only took eighteen months of one-party rule for the country to decide it's had enough. You could argue that Obama had a mandate to "fundamentally transform" the country, but you'd be wrong. What the Dems and this President failed to realize is that their supporters are a rabid, radical, fringe of society who don't hold American values such as freedom and honesty in high regard. Another thing that was missed in the mad rush to turn America into a third-world banana republic was that there are rules laid out in our Constitution that are specifically designed to restrain excess power grabs by any one branch of the government, rules that are currently being ignored.
The examples of mismanagement and failure are embodied in the Gulf oil spill. The initial reaction took weeks to formulate, and when it finally was implemented, there was confusion and chaos. We found out, for example, that the emergency spill response plan of the Clinton administration after the Exxon Valdez spill had not been executed, nor even tested for readiness. Numerous offers from foreign governments were refused, the Jones Act was not waived, oil skimming equipment was not to be found, badly needed skimming boom sat unused in warehouses, the list goes on.
Add to this the voluminous bills passed against the will of the people like the Healthcare Bill, TARP, the Financial Overhaul bill and others that now have Washington in control of some 70% of the economy, and it's little wonder that the American people are fed up with the Obama administration and the Pelosi-Reid Congress.
And so, we welcome the Democrats over to the Light Side of the Force. Here's their ad -
As with many fresh efforts, their message needs just a bit of tweaking. Here, I'll help.
1. Repeal the Affordable Care Act (Health insurance Reform)
This about right. We had a perfectly good method of healthcare that only needed some minor adjustment, not a gigantic new government bureaucracy. This is already negatively affecting small businesses and should be repealed and replaced with a free market solution that includes tort reform and interstate competition.
2. Privatize Social Security or phase it out altogether
Social Security will become insolvent much sooner than anticipated. We need a viable alternative that has the ability to be financially self-sufficient. President Bush tried to tackle this problem, but was denied and demonized by the Dems. It cannot and will not be phased out altogether.
3. End Medicare as it presently exists
Doctors are already turning away Medicare patients because they're losing money. See the solution at No. 1 above.
4. Extend the Bush tax breaks for the wealthy and big oil
Democrats are currently debating this very idea. Common sense tells you that you don't raise taxes during a recession/depression unless you want to damage the economy even further. And the phrase "big oil" is just there as the old anti-establishment saw that paints big companies as automatically evil and wicked, so drop that. Anyone who has a private retirement account probably has oil stock in their plan, so if you want to make retirees suffer, go right ahead.
5. Repeal Wall Street Reform
This is another power grab by Washington. This bill has far too many hidden goodies like racial quotas and government "oversight" and should be repealed. Didn't we have enough financial regulation already? It would be better to repeal this bill along with the Community Redevelopment Act that created the housing crisis. This idea just doesn't go far enough.
6. Protect those responsible for the oil spill and future environmental catastrophes
Sorry, Tim, this phrase is just plain, old bullshit. Hit the delete key on this one.
7 ,8, 9. Abolish the Departments of Education, Energy and the EPA.
Now you're talking. Keep these ideas, they have real merit.
10. Repeal the 17th Amendment which provides for the direct election of senators
This is also good. As we continue to rediscover our history, we're slowly finding out just how much of our Constitution has been perverted. This is one of the most egregious abuses of power during the beginning of the Progressive Era in the early 20th century. The Senate was previously elected by state assemblies to assure that the states' interests were properly represented in Washington. As we are finding out to our great dismay, Washington seeks to override the states at every opportunity. A prime example is the illegal immigrant problem in Arizona.
Overall, though, this is a move in the proper direction. Tim Kaine is to be applauded for his efforts to inform the American public and make us all more engaged in our political process.