Senator Evan Bayh apparently finally had a bellyfull of the Democrats steering the ship of state full speed ahead straight into a giant iceberg.
Bayh described a scenario of brain-dead politics and hyper-partisanship.
I remembered what the New York Times describes as the promise at the core of Senator Obama’s presidential campaign:
WASHINGTON — At the core of Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is a promise that he can transcend the starkly red-and-blue politics of the last 15 years, end the partisan and ideological wars and build a new governing majority.
To achieve the change the country wants, he says, “we need a leader who can finally move beyond the divisive politics of Washington and bring Democrats, independents and Republicans together to get things done.”
But this promise leads, inevitably, to a question: Can such a majority be built and led by Mr. Obama, whose voting record was, by one ranking, the most liberal in the Senate last year?
And I remembered pointing out that Obama’s promise to transcend ideology and partisanship was his signature lie.
And I remembered that Obama is now recognized to be the most polarizing president in history.
The most liberal Senator in Congress had this message for Republicans who tried to share their objections to his massive stimulus program: “I won.”
And what followed from that point was a far leftwing agenda being shoved down Republicans’ throats without any attempt to win their votes via compromise. The reasoning was that Democrats had total control of the House to go along with a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Republicans were shut out of crucial negotiations. And they were shut out as a general rule. They did not get to have anything to do with writing the bills that they were told they had to vote for in order to be “bipartisan.” They didn’t even get to READ bills with enormous ramifications before the votes.
The Democrats constantly did their business behind closed doors.
It wasn’t just Republicans. The liberal Democrats were so partisan and so secretive that even the moderate blue dog Democrats found themselves shut out of ObamaCare negotiations.
The constant secrecy and continual backroom wheeling and dealing surrounding ObamaCare got so bad that senior Democrat Senator Dick Durbin was forced to make this admission to John McCain’s complaint that Republicans were kept completely in the dark:
“I would say to the senator from Arizona that I’m in the dark almost as much as he is. And I’m in the leadership,” Durbin said on the Senate floor.
Obama would flood the airwaves with message after message about transparency and about reaching out to Republicans with a bipartisan spirit of cooperation. But what he says has a bad habit of not jiving with what he does.
Recently, another top Democrat Senator, Jay Rockefeller, pointed out regarding Obama’s promises that “he’s beginning to not be believable to me.”
Barack Obama and many Democrats have falsely demagogued the Republicans as “the party of no.” But that demonization is now exposed for the lie it always was:
And for the first time, Obama acknowledged that House Republicans had crafted measures to stimulate the economy, reduce the budget deficit and reduce health insurance costs.
At a number of times during the rare, televised, question and answer session with members, the president said that he had read many of their proposals.
“I’ve actually read your bills,” the president said to a packed banquet room at Baltimore’s Marriott Renaissance hotel.
The Republicans had been submitting bills to Obama all along. Which means that every single time he characterized them as “the party of no” who weren’t contributing their own ideas to the debate, he was knowingly cravenly and despicably lying.
The only thing that is “bipartisan” now is that Democrat and Republican alike have no reason to trust Obama.
Obama promised again and again that he would transcend the political divide. That was HIS promise, not the Republican minorities’ promise. It was Obama who broke his word. And it is Obama who should be held accountable to his broken promise.
Now disgusted former Obama supporter Mortimer Zuckerman put it this way:
“In the campaign, he said he would change politics as usual. He did change them. It’s now worse than it was. I’ve now seen the kind of buying off of politicians that I’ve never seen before. It’s politically corrupt and it’s starting at the top. It’s revolting.”
All that garbage wasn’t the Republicans’ fault. It was Obama’s and the Democrat leaderships’ fault.
So that’s one giant liberal lie put to bed. Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress couldn’t have been more hyperpartisan or more ideological.
The Republicans were right to oppose their agenda. And the polls of American voters that have radically swung in their favor prove it.
The second giant liberal lie that Evan Bayh put the kibosh on is the myth that the stimulus has somehow been a giant success in spite of the fact that it was a giant failure even by the Obama administration’s own standard. Obama’s key economic advisers assured us that the stimulus would prevent unemployment from reaching 8%.
Even the leftist Huffington Post had this to say back in June of last year:
“The forecasts used to drum up support for the plan projected today’s unemployment would be about 8 percent. Instead, it sits at 9.4 percent, the highest in more than 25 years.”
Unemployment has soared past that 8% figure – and according to Obama’s own projections joblessness will be well over 8% until at least 2012.
Obama and his minions have repeatedly made spectacular claims about the “success” of the stimulus that fly in the face of reality. According to Obama’s own Recovery.gov website, by the White House’s own numbers, Obama only claim 595,263 jobs that were at a cost of $272 billion. That comes out to an astronomical $456,941 per job.
And at that rate, we can’t AFFORD for Obama to “create” any more jobs.
Democrat Senator Evan Bayh, a former governor who presumably knows something about job creation, absolutely destroyed the myth of any kind of stimulus success.
“[I]f I could create one job in the private sector by helping to grow a business, that would be one more than Congress has created in the last six months.”
Obama and his supporters are falsely claiming over and over again that the stimulus created 2 million jobs. And a prominent Democrat is essentially saying, “Show me just ONE.”
And the American people who’ve clearly heard at least one too many lies from Obama agree with Evan Bayh.
According to a New York Times/CBS poll, a whopping 94% of the American people agree with Bayh. Only 6% of Americans believe Obama’s massive porkulus has created jobs a full year after going into effect.
Only SIX PERCENT of Americans believe that Obama’s porkulus has created any jobs at all. That means more Americans believe that space aliens have anally probed them than believe in the stimulus. It also means that 94% think Obama and his entire administration and the entire Democrat congressional leadership are completely full of crap.
And 48% of Americans polled don’t think porkulus will EVER create jobs.
All that nothingness for the low, low price tag of only $862 billion.
As we head into the future, we find that the Democrats are still playing games rather than dealing fairly and squarely with legislation.
Democrats are still demagoguing, misrepresenting, and lying.
And until they quit – or until they are voted out – Republicans would be wise to avoid them and refuse to play around with them.