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Thursday
Sep262013

For Democrats, a shutdown could be a preferred weapon in 2014

Are Democrats positioning to use a government shutdown as a weapon in the 2014 midterm elections?

The party will certainly need to be creative, considering the current plight of the middle class.

Come 2014, Americans may not be as enamored of the Democrats as they have been in recent years. Most of us have seen personal wealth decrease and even for those who save by traditional means such as a simple savings account, the return is less than satisfactory.

Our home values have declined. Our health insurance costs will likely rise. Our taxes have already increased and will increase more once the full Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare/Hillarycare) is implemented.

Steadily increasing regulations on every business sector as well as mismanagement of energy resources, including loss of taxpayer dollars by failed alternative energy companies, will continue to drive the cost of utilities, goods and transportation up.

Mixed into the economic fallout will be a continuing social message of divisiveness, one of the strongest most aggressive weapons Democrats have wielded since their party’s founding. That divisiveness could drive crime up; I believe it already has.

Democrats won both houses of Congress in the 2006 midterms, assuming power in 2007. As 2008 got underway and a major presidential election loomed, the economy and the financial meltdown that should have surprised no one was a major talking point for that party’s candidates. The extreme rhetoric, exacerbated by a media eager to deposit total control of the country into a single party’s hands, made the crisis worse.

How can I make that claim? Compare it to the meltdown that occurred under President Bill Clinton,  a Democrat. Chances are most Americans don’t even remember it.

At the moment, the Senate Majority chief Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as well as President Barack Obama refuse to negotiate with the legislative body directly representing the American people, the U.S. House of Representatives. Democrats have never accepted the loss of the House in the 2010 midterm elections.

The current disagreement between both major parties is the healthcare/tax hike plan that is actually a massive tax increase plan. The president was so concerned about its implementation he gave employers a one year delay on the mandate. His administration gave waivers to numerous labor union groups and corporations. A number of provisions have been repealed, but hefty tax hikes remain and a number of those hikes will impact the middle class, the sickest among us and those who choose not to purchase the dictated insurance plan.

Meanwhile, the average American has not received a waiver or a delay on the diktat that you purchase a health insurance plan. These severities associated with what Democrats falsely promote as a healthcare plan are at the heart of Republicans’ dispute over socialized medicine.

The only bone of contention over the spending bill delayed at the moment by the Dem-controlled Senate is Obamacare. Republicans capitulated to every other use of taxpayer dollars.

Democrats know all these matters will be fashioned into videos, print, audio and social media messaging as the 2014 midterms approach.

Therefore, it is likely and in my opinion a given, that Democrats would be happy to push for a government shutdown as a campaign tool. The party’s ideology is carried forth in most newspapers, legacy TV networks, the entertainment industry, the education sector and even in some religious sectors.

The challenge for Republicans will be to give Americans a dose of reality and tell them the truth. This will require investment in a media structure, a broader and more energetic leadership in key roles, and a willingness to drive our own narrative rather than permitting Democrat media to define it.

 Few Republicans in the past have been able to do that, for one reason or another. If we do not meet the challenge, we will not achieve success and the country will be even poorer and less free.

When something as controversial as a government shutdown dominates headlines, air waves and pixels for months, the first question you should ask yourself: Who benefits?

Democrats and some Republicans believe most benefits from a shutdown would go to “progressive” candidates. Americans should bear that in mind when they choose to tune in to evening news, particularly on legacy networks and on partisan cable networks as well.

(Opinion by Kay B. Day/Sept. 26, 2013)

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