Last week I watched the Republican national convention so to be absolutely fair I tuned in to the Democratic national convention this week. But, this week Melody threatened to take away the remote control so I wouldn’t throw it at the television. Good call on her part. I can’t say that I totally agree with everything that was said by all the speakers last week but I find very little to agree with from the DNC convention.
Last week the theme was getting people back to work by creating an environment where businesses would be motivated to hire more employees. This week, the focus has been almost all on social issues which I will discuss in just a minute. As I have pointed out many times, there appears to be a very distinct philosophical difference at the national level between the two parties with regard to the economy.
Republicans, for the most part, believe that our economic problems can best be solved by the private sector while the Dems believe that more government spending is the key to getting us out of this deep economic funk that we are in.
I thought it very interesting that many top Democrats stumbled when they were asked by the media if they could truly say that the average American was better off now than they were four years ago. Initially several of them stammered around and tried to change the subject (which is an old debating tool). Then they all seemed to get their stories straight and the next day damage control started kicking in and all of sudden they were prepared to say that we were better off.
Putting politics aside, I would ask that you truthfully answer that question yourself as you think about how you will vote this November. No one can answer for you but it is a valid question for you to ponder. After answering the question, then you can decide which philosophy you think will best solve our economic crisis.
I am getting a little tired of hearing the “blame it all on Bush” excuse from almost everyone connected with the national Democrats. At what point in time is that dead horse finally going to die? The truth is that no one president, Democratic or Republican, can be blamed or can take the credit for the country’s economy. But it is absolutely correct to say that certain fiscal policies do have a direct impact on how the economy reacts.
I think it is especially interesting to place all the blame on the Bush administration when President Obama had a Democratic Congress for the first two years of his administration and we are still in crisis two years later. I know that it takes awhile for the economy to react, but shouldn’t we be seeing some improvement if massive government spending was truly the answer to our economic woes?
Page 2 of 2 - In watching the Democratic convention this week I picked up on four distinct themes. One was the word invest. I have heard that word so much that I’m already tired of it. Let’s call it what it really is – it is a code word for more government spending. Just like taxes are now called revenue enhancements. If it quacks like a duck then it probably is a duck.
Another theme was that Barack Obama believes that you should be able to marry anyone that you love. Again, semantics for supporting same sex marriages. A third theme was that a woman should have the right to do whatever she wanted with her body – i.e. abortion on demand. And finally, one of the speakers talked eloquently about utilizing all of our talents which referred to the president’s decision through an executive order to grant amnesty to illegal aliens of a certain age.
You may or may not agree with the Democratic philosophy on one or all of these themes but I find it extremely interesting the way spin can be put on any subject. For example, when you say that you should be able to marry anyone you love, some people don’t connect the dots and realize that they are really advocating same sex marriage so why not just come out and say it? Guess I can answer that question by myself.
What I thought was most interesting about the convention was the platform flap that surfaced at the last minute. The platform committee had taken out all references to God and the fact that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel. Then all of a sudden, there was a reversal of thinking and both issues were quickly reinstated. The vote to reinstate required a two-thirds majority and the chairman did it by voice vote. From the sound of it I’m pretty that sure it would not have passed had a roll call vote been taken instead.
Oh well, with the conventions over the real fun begins. Election in just two months. Hang on, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Kevin Wilson writes a weekly column for the Daily News.