Who Will the American People Blame if the Government Shuts Down? - Page 2
Published: April 03, 2011 at 4:56 pm
Thank you Christina Romer for your honesty.
When asked about this on Meet the Press, Senator Durbin blamed it on the failure of Congress to quickly pass unemployment benefits. The Senator’s comments illustrate just how disconnected Washington politicians are from ordinary working families. With all due respect Senator, the American people are not looking for unemployment benefits, they are looking for jobs.
With regard to the budget fight, there is a big game of chicken going on, primarily because the House Republicans won an election by running on a platform to cut spending. The American people overwhelming supported the Republicans in the November 2010 elections, which puts first term Republicans in a tight spot. At first glance, one would think the Democrats would yield to the will of the voters. After all, what is a mere 61 billion dollars as compared to a deficit of 14 trillion dollars. But the Demorats are fighting back hard with two words, revealed in an open-mike gaffe by Senator Schumer, "extreme" and "Tea Party."
Will that be enough to save Democrats?
Increasing gasoline prices are causing consumers to feel the pain in their pocketbooks. It was President Obama who shut down oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, which has contributed to the escalation in gas prices. Add to that the President's decision to invade Libya, also an oil producing nation, coupled with the turmoil in the Middle East in general, and suddenly Americans are paying twice the rate for a gallon of gasoline than when the President was elected into office.
It's enough to make us yearn for the days when "drill baby drill" was a good thing. It's bizarre how two years can make a difference. One can't help but wonder what the price of gasoline would be today if Sarah Palin was Vice President? No matter what you think of her, you will have to agree, access to oil reserves in America would have expanded under her watch. At the very least she tried to warn us, but hope and change got in the way. With gasoline prices hovering near $5 per gallon, working class families are gathering around the kitchen table these days, trying to figure out how to pay their bills. Who would have thought we would be in this situation just two years ago?Continued on the next page