Monday, November 10, 2014

How Can The Democratic Party Reverse The GOP Takeover Of Government

The NYT described the extent of the GOP landslide in the mid-term elections, and gave several democrats an opportunity to articulate a solution.  This article focuses on the economic message that the Democratic Party has failed to deliver.  Simply put, the real issue is not the size of government, that the GOP has used successfully,  it is who government works for.  The majority of Americans do not believe that the government works for them.  The Democratic Party has not convinced them that it works better for them than the Republican Party.  Each of the political parties claims that it represents the American ideal, and the American dream, but the public does not believe either of them.  If the government does not work for them, why they should they support a big government?  This article suggests some of the populist messages that the Democratic Party might back up with real policy proposals.  The public also questions the competence of government.  The public believes that the Republican Party is the party of big business but it is also more competent when it comes to getting things done.  George Bush and Ronald Reagan certainly delivered on their policy proposals which were terrible for the majority of Americans but they got it done.  The Obama Administration delivered on healthcare reform but the let the GOP turn it into a problem instead of solution.

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