Trapped on the Not-So-Merry-Go-Round


“Vote for me!” “No, vote for ME!”

Jazz Shaw puts his finger on the problem:

The committees have apparently recruited and deployed more than 16,000 workers on the local level – primarily precinct captains and minority outreach coordinators – to make first person contact with “low propensity voters” and obtain buy-in well in advance of the mid-terms. To be sure, this is important work in an area where Democrats had the upper hand two years ago, but the more important question is precisely what message these ground level agents are taking with them to the masses. Somewhat disturbing is the highlighting of studies showing the general dissatisfaction among voters about the nation’s direction.

In reality, this is nothing more than the overarching strategy of both parties over the past several decades. A shorter way of describing it is that the party currently out of power wants to rely on the fact that people are generally unhappy with the state of affairs in the country and are willing to throw the bums out this year, only to put a new set of bums in charge of the store. Unfortunately, while this has been a successful short term strategy in the past, it does not lead to any actual change.

In order to achieve the long sought dream of a sustainable majority, you have to do more than point out how bad the other guys are. You need to provide a demonstrable case where you offer a plan to actually make the lives of the voters better, not just today, but into the future. And then, of course, the hard part comes. If you win, you have to actually do it. Failing that, all you’ve managed to do is grab the tiller for two or four years until the ousted party does precisely the same thing to you. The GOP definitely needs to turn out a tide of less likely voters willing to give them a chance, but they also need to show them exactly what the change will look like and how it will reach into their lives in a positive way. If you can manage that, they just might show up to vote again next time. And the time after that…

When you go to the amusement park and ride the Merry-Go-Round, does it really matter who is working the controls? You just keep going around and around in circles.

The Democrats promise free stuff. The Republicans promise to cut taxes and spending, but when they get elected they just cut taxes. The national debt is $17.5 TRILLION and climbing, but neither party has a serious plan to pay it off or even get the deficit under control. All they both keep offering us are different flavored magic beans.

Neither party can achieve a sustainable majority because neither party has a sustainable plan to govern.

This is what happens when ideology takes a backseat to winning elections. First and foremost, you need policies that will work, not just for a little while, but long-term. Then you need to sell them to the voters.

Otherwise the whole country is just circling the drain.

I gotta tell you, I’m not feeling optimistic.


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121 Responses to Trapped on the Not-So-Merry-Go-Round

  1. The Klown says:

    I have come to believe that in order to govern successfully, the federal government needs to govern LESS. We need to reduce the power of the central government and distribute that power to the states and local governments. A sizeable chunk of that power needs to be returned to the people.

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  3. DeniseVB says:

    I swear he’s begging to be impeached, bad idea but may be the only political tactic he has left.
    What President says crap like this?

    • Anthony says:

      “I swear he’s begging to be impeached, bad idea but may be the only political tactic he has left.

      I think you’re on to something here. He’s already using the threat of impeachment at fundraising events, whining about how “…the rest of the kids just don’t want to play with me! Waaaaaahhh!!!!!!!”

      I’ve noticed that the Dems are talking more about impeachment than the Republicans are. Guess they’re trying to motivate their base?

    • kanaughty says:

      Is it just me, or does he seriously look like he is on marijuana, pain killers, or depressed. He can barely keep his eyes open in this address and yet he has had nothing but play time so how is does being tired explain his tiredness in this video. Wish he would resign already. He is obviously not up for the job, doesn’t have the energy at all.

      • lildoggy4u says:

        He’s just bored with all this America stuff

      • swanspirit says:

        He frequently looks as if he is unser the influence of some mind altering substance . It cannot be a coincidence .

      • DeniseVB says:

        I read he was on pain killers for plantar faciitis, It’s that heel to toe ligament on the bottom of your foot that gets too tight or something. I had it a few years ago, never needed narcs for it, just some foot exercises, better walking shoes and rolling my foot over a frozen water bottle really helped too. Not even tylenol. Haven’t had the problem since. Prezzy’s a big baby 😛

  4. driguana says:

    The word “sustainable” is mentioned 3 times in your blog. Many of us who have been urban and regional planners during the past 5 decades have truly believed that “sustainability” IS the long term answer. As the planning director for Santa Fe County for 16 years, I passed two major Sustainable Growth Management Plans….oh, how those words drove certain groups crazy!!! It was my first real introduction to Tea Party/property rights activists en masse…sometimes, in fact, by the busloads. Each plan took years to pass but eventually did because people started to work together to realize that “moderation” is not a bad thing and if various parties and groups actually communicated their interests and concerns and someone from the government actually listened, you could find common ground. But certain things like Agenda 21 really set some people off. I and my staff were accused of being a cog in a regional Agenda 21 effort and in reality most of my staff didn’t even know what it was. There is a lot of paranoia at the local level but it is at the local level where real change and understanding will eventually occur. Also, sustainability has become closely associated with global warming and, thus again, Agenda 21, and continues to stifle the potential dialogue… global warming has become an ideological religion.

    Not only do we not have a cognitive and coherent sustainability plan we certainly have no urban agenda! When was the last time that a president did not make an urban policy a big deal! It is unbelievable! Obama’s urban agenda seems to be improve the infrastructure of urban areas. It’s one of those “how could you be against it” platforms. Who wouldn’t want to fix up roads and bridges??? But on closer scrutiny who really benefits from those kind of projects??? Would it be politically connected contractors??? Nah…

    Most people have no idea what the “sustainability” movement is all about. Would love to see you do a blog on this subject…just sayin’….

    • Somebody says:

      Very interesting comment Driguana from someone who has been in the trenches so to speak. I can definitely see where the word sustainability would raise some hackles, as you said it is a buzz word for AGW and agenda 21. It sounds like your community worked through those issues with time and information. I’ve been involved with some community issues myself and you’re correct most change takes place on a local level. I also found that by and large most people from either side of the political spectrum have similar goals or ideals in mind, it’s just that they often differ on how to get there.

      • The Klown says:

        Using “sustainable” against progs drives them berserk.

      • driguana says:

        Yes, and even more disconcerting is that the different sides, at first, don’t want to admit that they might have ideas and possible interests in common. For example, I eventually became very good friends with quite a few local Tea Party people…they were smart, friendly, open to discussion and had some really very good suggestions that worked. It takes a certain kind of “opening up” that many in this country are not ready for.

        • The Klown says:

          There are individuals and groups who have a vested interest in keeping the proletariat divided against each other.

        • elliesmom says:

          Several years ago my small town was faced with some building issues. We housed our police and fire departments together in one building, and they were spilling out into the street. Our town hall and library shared a building, and they were bursting at the seams. We had two empty school buildings whose maintenance was a drain on the town’s budget. Some people in town wanted to go after state and federal funds to build a new library and either a new police station or fire station. Others wanted to use the buildings that were vacant, but neither the state or the feds would fund renovation just new construction. It took almost five years to get a consensus passed at town meeting, but all of the hard work of the mostly competing interests really paid off. The end result is the police department now shares the building with the town hall. Both gained space. The fire department is in its original building, but it has the entire space. It made more sense that way because that building was already designed to house the trucks and ambulance. One of the old school buildings was put on the national historic register, and the money needed to convert it to a beautiful new library was raised through them. We tore down the gymnasium at the other old school because it needed major repairs and built a larger parking lot. That building is rented out as studios to local artists and the auditorium houses a repertory theater. The rents are enough to maintain the building, and shows and festivals bring people and their cash into town. This all was able to happen because the planning committee agreed they would not get up from the table unless every group had its needs met. I think that because all of the decisions were entirely in the hands of the stakeholders, including the town meeting voters, they were able to do that. And it’s “sustainable”.

          • kanaughty says:

            I totally love that! Those were smart solutions. The problem is fed gov doesn’t seem to push for smart solutions like these. They have a budget and they just need to spend it all on something before the end of the year or they lose tgat money the next year. It isn’t at all ever used for common sense things at the end of the year. It’s almost like feds live paycheck to paycheck instead of actually putting together a plan for the future to get rid of the useless spending and give it back to the tax payers in real common sense ways. Instead it is all about paybacks for political favors on the fed level. They pay off their bundlers first, then maybe the rest of the money goes back to funding actual american citizens. It’s like these illegals. They need to get in line. I have known too many folks from other more friendly stable countries, uk, canada, australia, new zealand, who have waited years and years and then got tested for their american citizenship. Since i do know these people personally and the time and effort they took to do it legally, i am totally not buying just giving these newcomers amnesty even if they are young. They need to work for it to and get in line and stay out of trouble. If they had even a misdeameanor (this could mean they are starting to be a career criminal), i think this should call into question their even being in line and should get sent back asap.

        • Somebody says:

          Don’t you think that “opening up” as you call it is what real leadership is? I mean honestly listening to both sides, letting people have their say, then clearly defining the goal or objective which 90% would agree upon. Helping to chart a course in the middle, that again most would agree to, using ideas from both sides. A real leader recognizes that they don’t have all the answers, but what a real leader does is lead. They help guide those that may have the answers through the process hopefully keeping everyone’s eye on the ultimate goal. A real leader also gives credit where credit is due.

          Congress is supposed to work that way, representatives of the people hashing things out and working through them all with the ultimate goal of what is best for the majority of our citizens.

          Instead what we have is for the most part a collection of people on ego trips. The biggest ego trip of all sits in the oval office. Nobody is willing to debate and discuss, they’re all set in their partisan ways it’s ridiculous……..and the merry go round keeps going round and round perhaps with the horses switching positions every couple of years.

          When I talk about compromise I’m not talking about values issues, true values issues like abortion. You can’t win a values argument and you shouldn’t expect to, you shouldn’t expect people to abandon their values. All too often though everything is painted as a values argument and that’s ridiculous. Cutting fat out of a bloated budget, if done correctly doesn’t mean you don’t want national defense or you want children to starve or farmers to go bankrupt or you want to throw grandma over a cliff. I blame the media for a lot of the issues we have today……..see paymasters, rinse, repeat.

          • The Klown says:

            We need to change our expectations. Let’s quit electing people who are going to “fix” problems that government helped create. Let’s quit electing people who promise to legislate prosperity and unicorns.

            I used to believe in national health care. Not anymore.

          • DandyTIger says:

            I used to believe in national health care. Not anymore.

            I think that was the whole point of the bill the insurance companies wrote. Hellofajob Dems.

          • WMCB says:

            I still like concept of universal coverage, but we would have to massively change the way our bloated govt operates before I’d ever, ever trust them with it.

            Not anymore. They’ve proven untrustworthy.

    • The Klown says:

      Most urban agendas involve making urban areas affordable for poor people – housing projects, rent controls, welfare programs. The unintended consequence of those policies is devastated urban areas filled with nothing but poor people. (See, e.g., Detroit)

      Urban renewal is a process where the old is torn down and new things are built. That process is normally money-driven in a free-market system. The blue model of governance is not a free market.

      Free market urban planning is designed to coordinate and control orderly growth/renewal. Blue Model urban planning is both utopian and corrupt. Under the Blue Model they end up tearing down slums to build new slums

      • driguana says:

        Yeah, that’s so true. Urban Renewal was a real disaster…we’re still paying its price. But your comments raise a really important question….What happens to places like Detroit?
        We’re so quick to jump in with a program that is somewhere in the middle of problem. We need to start at “A”….but where is that?

        • The Klown says:

          Cities are like the phoenix. They have to die to be reborn. Detroit can’t be rebuilt until we take it off life support.

          • lildoggy4u says:

            I seem to remember when Pittsburg was this coal covered smooty city that we’d just drive through on our way to visit family. Then one year when we crossed the bridge and Pittsburg opened up to us we were amazed at the transformation. The next year we went there for the holiday.
            When the stimulus was passed where I live I tried to find out where the money was going ( nobody asked us citizens anything about it), learned about how fast it had to be spent and watched as landscaping went up everywhere. Everywhere with no sprinklers that is and most of it is dead now. One big project done successfully is now being buried under our airport expansion.

        • WMCB says:

          If we are going to do welfare, we need to revamp it to at least *look* more like private charity. The longer I observe the more I become convinced that the worst thing about welfare is its dehumanizing and community-destroying effect, not its costs.

          When my neighbors choose to feed me in need, a relationship is constructed. I may be poor, but I remain a connected part of the community. They are connected to me by kindness and sense of duty, I am connected to them by gratitude. Charity is human-scaled.

          Federal govt largesse is not human scaled. No connection, no relationship takes place. When the bureaucracy feeds me, I am cattle. I am a mouth.

          It is astounding to me, the loss of sense of community in past 30 years. What’s the point of “feeding” us all if we are all atomized faceless individuals, with no place to belong or connect to?

          • The Klown says:

            Charity is a gift. Welfare is an “entitlement.” You ask for charity. You demand welfare.

            Something insidious happens when being on welfare becomes “nothing to be ashamed of.”

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    • Lulu says:

      Does he wants to be martyred without having to actually die? Maybe. He could travel the world giving boring speeches as a fake MLK figure of sorts. It is the lazy easy way out and he could try to be a version of Mandela without having to go to jail either. Impeachment would solve a lot of his problems such as a what to do as a post-prezzy. Remember he always moves on when things get shall we say uncomfortable after f-ing up.

      • The Klown says:

        I would gladly take a bullet to prevent him from becoming a martyr.

        • Lulu says:

          Being a fake martyr to Bronco would be a dream job (in his very weird brain). All he would have to do is just sit there and occasionally whine. He could be like the old, pathetic, shunned Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII). There are many historical and social parallels to this pair of narcissistic lazy losers. I don’t think the martyrdom would turn out like they think just like the Duke of Windsor found out.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        Now we know what he might have actually been contemplating in that photo op in the cell.

    • Constance says:

      Who is going to impeach Obama? The Republicans want the border to be open to cheap labor, they just want Obama to take the fall for it. The bought and paid for morons who run our government appear more worried about what illegal aliens need than about what voting citizens of the USA need and want. I heard George Will argue yesterday on FOX that all the poor little immigrant children (of course they aren’t all children) should of course stay because it only amounts to 8 illegals per county in the USA and surely we can all assimilate that many. BUT they aren’t all children, there is no apparent end to the migration, and the north east do gooders have no intention of taking any of them they just expect to keep them in the south west states.
      So yeah, lets take them all and put them straight on trains to DC where they will be let off in the train station to do whatever. And why do we need a bunch of self righteous assholes from the north east telling us how to run our country into the ground? I say we seal the border or we take over Mexico and central America so we get the resources as well as the population. And I’m also in favor of splitting the country in half at the Rocky Mountains.

      • Lulu says:

        Scott Brown has started off the Republican party race to shut the border with a massive ad buy. He must be able to read polls. Kingston just lost GA with his CoC money. George Will does whatever the WaPo and Murdoch, his paymasters, want. The really interesting thing is no one in the public is paying much attention to the opinion propagandists in the media. The public’s opinion is already set and is a continuation of general Bronco fatigue with his general overall catastrophic mess-making. The northeast is about to get a huge dose of new illegals because they have generous benefits. And the new illegals in Texas will have to be absorbed into the existing Spanish speaking communities and they don’t like Central Americans (different culture and DNA) but they wanted La Raza Obama so they have to swallow it.

    • catarina says:

      Obama, by exec order, will swamp the US with new Dem voters and then fall upon his light stick.
      Which really means he will fuck off to CA to play golf and eat pot cookies with his Psycho-fants.

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  9. DeniseVB says:

    Surprisingly snarky article in the very lefty New York Magazine…..How to vacation like an Obama….

  10. Somebody says:

    I agree with you that we just keep exchanging one set of assholes for another. Perhaps I’m too cynical, but I think it’s because most of their paymasters are the same.

    I don’t know what it takes to get a real, grassroots movement for meaningful change in this country. I honestly thought the tea party had a chance to be the launching platform for that, but the tea party has been so demonized I no longer think that.

    The larger problem is most everyone no matter how good their intentions become are bought and paid for pretty quickly. I’ve seen it happen over and over again on various levels. I know a lot of people think term limits are the answer to that, but I’m here to tell them they’re not. We have term limits in Florida, so Joe Blow runs for City council, he’s got to get in with the paymasters and quickly so when his 2 terms are up he can then run for state legislature, mayor or what have you. You end up with musical chairs of the same assholes, bought and paid for by the same people. I’m not averse to term limits at all, let’s push for them, but we need a lot more reform than just term limits.

    I’ll probably raise some hackles myself, but we need a grassroots contract with America type movement. I’m speaking of the concept not necessarily the details of contract with America.

    • The Klown says:

      I remember an article years ago that was written by Art Buchwald or some similar political humorist about an undercover KGB agent who gets elected to Congress.

      It is a series of messages back to his bosses in Moscow, taking place over 20 years. He starts off as a dedicated communist agent and eventually becomes another corrupt politician.

      • Somebody says:

        Haha, who knows that may have actually happened……Bernie Sanders???

        I’ve seen community activists that were good, solid, honest people that changed once in office. There is something about that power and about getting re-elected so you can keep that power. On every level I’ve seen it turn people a couple of which I thought it wouldn’t.

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    • Lulu says:

      The “electability” myth is a made up PR rationale to cover their asses over importing cheap labor and gutting the working class. They know it is bull but is used as a fig leaf to justify why they do what their business masters tell them.

    • DandyTIger says:

      The Repub establishment keeps pushing moderate, “electable” candidates. They keep getting the same result. And they keep doing it over again expecting a different result. Pretty much the definition of insanity.

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Whoa, this is the hardest I’ve seen Erick Erickson hit Obama…….and I agree with him.

  14. SHV says:

    ““Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Lord Acton”
    “Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect any who seek it.” —Frank Herbert

  15. DeniseVB says:

    If this doesn’t wake up the black community, I don’t know what will.

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    Saw a CNN poll today showing Obama at his all time lows across the board except for “he cares about me” where he was still holding up at 51%. Obama doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Who are these people.

  24. The Klown says:

    Evan Sayet: How Liberals Reach the Tops of Their Professions:

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    Joan Rivers — GOES OFF on Epic Israel/Palestine Rant:

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    THIS IS GONNA BE AWESOME: Horns – Official Trailer (2014) Comic-Con, Daniel Radcliffe:

  31. threewickets says:

    Kinda OT. Donald Segretti’s actions today would be considered small time oppo research trolling. Would hardly be noticed much less warrant a jail term. Money and the internet have made dirty politics so much more ambitious. 🙂

  32. threewickets says:

    What’s the deal with Bruce Bartlett on Facebook and Twitter. He brings the hate like nobody’s business. Who’s he batting for exactly.

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