The president returned to the stump yesterday, fairly screaming “Kill the beast” as he ranted against evil corporations and demanded a massive tax hike on the employers who might otherwise be investing and hiring (but who won’t until they know that the House at least is back in responsible hands and under John Boehner’s leadership.)
Most sensible people and certainly independent voters are wondering why –if $850 billion didn’t kick start the economy– another $50 or $100 billion would launch an economic renaissance?
Why, if nearly a trillion is subsidies didn’t get the railroads, runways and highways fixed, would a much smaller blast of cash do so?
Such new layouts of money the government doesn’t have wouldn’t work, of course, but the enormous tax hike would punish those dog callers that are inside the president’s head. Part of the president’s “plan” is substitute anger management therapy.
There is, however, one good political reason for the president to prescribe another round of placebo economics and to do so with a speech many portions of which Eugene Debs would have been comfortable delivering a hundred years ago –class warfare diverts attention from such things as this headline from today’s Wall Street Journal: “Health Outlays Still Seen Rising.”
This follows by a day the story that thecost of health insurance is rising, and that cost is being passed on to employees.
The president has to do something –anything, really– to get attention off of Obamcare, which people hated when it was jammed down their throats and which they hate even more now that its devastating impacts are beginning to roll out across the country.
No health care forums for the president in the next eight weeks.
But Republicans should not stop talking about Obamacare and its consequences, or about the need to extend all of the Bush tax cuts in order to get capital freed up again.
I am in Fresno today, campaigning with Andy Vidak in California’s 20th, and broadcasting from Fresno’s KYNO 940 this afternoon. With enough resources, Vidak can topple long time pretend moderate Jim Costa, who has done nothing to end the judge-ordered drought in America’s breadbasket.
I’ll also be talking with other Congressional candidates from across the country who, with enough cash, can turn a blue seat red. Please try and dig deep for some or all of them:
IN-9: Todd Young is an Annapolis graduate, a Marine Corps veteran, the father of six month old twins and a prosecutor. He’s young and dynamic and will represent the conservative district that Democrat Baron Hill has repeatedly let down with votes for Pelosi, the “stimulus” and Obamacare. Young will have a long, successful and principled career in Congress if he can raise enough funds between now and 11/1.
PA-12: This is John Murtha’s old seat, and the GOP nominee for the district is Tim Burns, who narrowly lost a special election in the Democrat-leaning district earlier this year when a contested Democratic primary for Senate surged union turnout. Burns can win, and if early on election night 11/2 he does, we will know the tide is great indeed.
OH-16: Jim Renacci is a successful businessman and an accountant who knew that freshman D John Bocieri would flip flop on Obamacare, and of course Bocieri did, but it won’t help the Pelosi loyalist. I have campaigned with Jim in Canton and appeared with him in Cleveland and he’s a dynamic, smart, and focused candidate and all the union money in the country won’t keep Bocieri in this seat.
OH-18: Ohio State Senator Bob Gibbs knows this district and knows as well that Democrat Zach Space has one thing going for him –machine money from the Pelosi war-chest. If Gibbs gets enough support, this seat comes home to the remade Republican majority.
CO-3: Scott Tipton’s lead over the incumbent Democrat is small but stunning given the fact that John Salazar is the brother of the Secretary of the Interior and can call on the Obama Administration for lots of help, and will get it. But Salazar is a reliable Pelosi vote and Obamacare supporter, and with adequate resources, Tipton can win this one.
CO-4: Republican nominee Cory Gardner beat my friend Tom Lucero for this opportunity to unseat liberal Betsy Markey, which means that Gardner is an exceptional candidate as was Tom. Gardner will quickly rise in House leadership and on the national stage, but in the bizarre political environment of Colorado this year, he and the other challengers for blue seats in the Rocky Mountain State need help.
CO-7: This is one of the most closely divided districts in the country, made so by court order a decade ago, and first held by a Republican and now by a Democrat. Republican Ryan Frazier is a superb candidate who can win it back and hold it for decades to come.
AZ-1: I have stumped with Dr. Paul Gosar in Prescott, and this dentist-turned-candidate is passionate about repealing and replacing Obamacare, and he has Pelosi-supporter Ann Kirkpatrick on the run. He had a primary that depleted his war chest, but with funds he can take this key district for the GOP.
AZ-5: Dave Schweikert is ebullient, talented, smart and relentless, an experienced candidate who took on incumbent Harry Mitchell in 2008 against a stiff head wind but who now has the momentum and the lead. All he needs is the cash. You won’t find a harder-working candidate.
AZ-8: Marine Corps combat veteran Jesse Kelly surprised many observers with his candidacy and then with his natural political skills. He inspired my audience when he appeared on my show after his recent primary victory, and he is pushing Gabrielle Giffords already. There is not a more clear choice anywhere n America between the Pelosi-clone Giffords and Jesse Kelly, and the race is a dead heat.