The thankfully last-term agenda

From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL:

Agenda Gives Centrists Pause

Some Democrats Fear Obama’s Social Emphases May Undercut Focus on Economy
By Colleen McCain Nelson, Janet Hook and Sara Murray

President Barack Obama’s sweeping liberal agenda, as laid out in Monday’s inauguration speech, has some centrist Democrats worried the focus on issues such as gun control and climate change could dilute efforts to boost the economy and create jobs.

Mr. Obama’s speech was a call to action on Democratic social issues, focusing in part on civil rights, gay rights and efforts to help low-income Americans.

But parts of his agenda—which includes controlling gun violence, preserving his health-care law and writing more pro-immigrant laws—could prove a tough sell, even with some Democratic members of Congress.

“The reality is that in the few remaining swing districts we have left, you are going to be unable to get the moderates to go with you if you push the agenda too far to the left,” said Dennis Cardoza, a former California congressman and a moderate Democrat. He said prioritizing the economy and immigration was the best course.

More at the link.

The article continued to note that the coalition of voters put together by the President — ethnic minorities, women, younger voters and people who will not work1 — gave the President the ability to push the Democrats even further to the left. The authors noted that, of the 21 Senate seats held by the Democrats which are up for re-election, seven are in states the President lost in 2012, and this will not help the President get much passed in whatever he puts forth as his social agenda. Your Editor would add that the House of Representatives remains under Republican control, so virtually nothing of the President’s social agenda will be passed there.

As for the second line of the headline, “Some Democrats Fear Obama’s Social Emphases May Undercut Focus on Economy,” that would be a good thing. The President’s economic initiatives from his first term simply failed: the stimulus plan added nearly a trillion dollars to the national debt, and accomplished nothing. The target on which the stimulus plan was sold — holding unemployment to a maximum of 8% — came nowhere close to being achieved, and the December 2012 unemployment rate of 7.8% is exactly the same as it was in January of 2009, when the President took office, though it is exactly the same only because so many Americans who should be in the workforce have dropped out.2 Once the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in January of 2011, none of the President’s economic initiatives were passed, and the economy slowly started to improve. Not having President Obama focusing on the economy is about the best thing that the government could do for the economy.
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  1. OK, your Editor added that last part, but it’s true nevertheless.
  2. The U-6 rate was higher in December 2012, 14.4%, than it was when President Obama took office, 14.2%. The U6 unemployment rate counts not only people without work seeking full-time employment (the more familiar U-3 rate), but also counts “marginally attached workers and those working part-time for economic reasons.” Note that some of these part-time workers counted as employed by U-3 could be working as little as an hour a week. And the “marginally attached workers” include those who have gotten discouraged and stopped looking, but still want to work.

8 Comments

  1. “Not having President Obama focusing on the economy is about the best thing that the government could do for the economy.”

    Yeah, but! Having no politician, few of which have any economic or business experience, focusining on the economy is good news. I really can’t figure out how beining a politition makes one an expert on anything other than politics. If one believes in democracy, which I don’t, one must figure the majority, no matter how wrong they are, rules. To me that amounts to no more than “mob rule”.

    The best thing the President of the United States can do is STFU on economics, and worry about the security of the United States. After all, as a politician he is “plugged in” to other pols, but not an economist.

    Or has suddenly a community organizer become Milton Friedman?

  2. BTW, how do we know it’s his “last term”? By Executive Order he can change that, can’t he?

    I figure if he can change, or as WW would say “interpert” the Constitution for other goals certainly he can “interpret” it to mean as many terms as he wants. Right? It is, after all, up for interpretation by him, the Supreme Court, an the throngs of supporters.

    We have a one party system. One party runs the MSM, one party runs education, one party runs taxes, the budget (since there isn’t one), the environment, what one can eat, what gun one may own….. Forward!

  3. And as I type, my lovely wife June is in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, opening up a new 22,000 SF Day Spa. We are putting $500,000 into it and a friend another $500,000. Why? I have no clue! I’m trying to retire and June is trying to work. I spent the last three years selling off everything I could and she decides to go off and start somethjing new. Go figure. Actually, I do know why. Her Korean girlfriend wants to open a spa and June can’t say “no”. So now I’m Home Alone. Well, at least she’s in 80 degree weather. I’m freezing my nuts off.

    I think I’ll go drinkin’ at the Club.

  4. Thank you Eric. That is a good article by Dennis Prager, who I consider one of the most moral men I’ve had the priveledge to meet. He is a threat to all leftists. And once again, he is correct. There can be no difference between social and fiscal conservatives if we are to mean anything as a force for Good.

    The left is legion. They are held together by their hate of God and Liberty. We are few, but we will not be lead by lies and tyranny. Freedom is not just “another word for nothin’ left to loose”, Freedom is our Birthright under God. If “fiscal” conservatives remove God from the equasion they are no more than “fiscal” leftists.

  5. Thank you Eric. That is a good article by Dennis Prager, who I consider one of the most moral men I’ve had the priveledge to meet.

    You’ve met Dennis Prager? I’m impressed!

  6. The left is legion. They are held together by their hate of God and Liberty. We are few, but we will not be lead by lies and tyranny.

    Actually, I think that’s the impression the Left wants to give. They want us to think they are legion, that they outnumber us and thus represent the “Popular will”. I think they are not. I think the Left is really a relatively small, but unfortunately very inflentual “Elite”. They run the colleges and most of the media. But I think most of America, especially Middle America or “Flyover country” as the “elites” like to think of it, is open to our view of life, especially if we explain it forcefully and with conviction. These are the “Bitter clingers to their Bibles and guns” as Obama and his fellow “elites” like to sneeringly call us. And it is we who are truly legion, not the left wing scum.

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