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Apr192009

Disenfranchised Democrats

A recent Pew Research Center Poll shows environmental concerns dropping in 2009 vs. 2008. In 2008, the environment was 10th of  20 concerns ranked by those polled, with 56% rating it high.  Global warming was 20th, with 35% rating it high. This year the environment was 16th, with 41% rating it a high concern. The economy was tops with 85% rating it high, up from 75% last year. Global warming came in 20th and dead last again this year, 30% rating it high vs. 35% last year. So, as Americans get poorer, saving the planet becomes less important that finding a job, protecting their homes, educating their kids, Etc. Energy went from 8th last year with 59% rating it high, to 5th this year with 60% rating it high. 

Ignoring the polls, the administration, through the EPA, issued a new regulation identifying carbon dioxide as a toxic substance. Along with every other substance that could possibly be emitted into the air, or found in any chemistry textbook. With the recent Supreme Court decision that gave the EPA the right to establish limits on things like carbon, the EPA is telling Congress, pass Cap and Tax or we will set new limits that will force businesses to restrict carbon or close. Good choices there, right?

This  could be a bipartisan effort to restrict carbon, but Al Gore has made it a Democratic issue. Hence, the Dems will get the credit or the blame. Being poll conscious, some Dems may take a pass on Cap and Tax. If the EPA pulls the trigger on restrictions without Congress, they will all get the credit or the blame, thanks to Al Gore.

If only 41% consider the environment a top issue, and since global warming gets 30%, there are one hell of a lot of Democrats not supporting carbon restrictions or Cap and Tax. 

This is just one area where the current administration ignores the majority of their party and goes its own way. Unionizing Walmart is another. The poorest Americans shop at Walmart to stretch a stretched budget. Unionizing Walmart will add cost to their shopping basket. 

Taking school vouchers from the kids in Washington DC is another example. Patronizing the Teacher's Union is more important than giving poor kids in Washington DC a chance for a  good education. 

Not drilling offshore and in Alaska and utilizing domestic sources of energy will cost the poorer Americans millions of dollars down the road. 

Dick Durbin is double dealing on the cram down mortgage deal. Congress has the votes to deep six the unpopular idea. This is where the bankruptcy judge can tell the bank what they have to do to give the bankruptcy filer a chance to keep their house. Durbin is telling congress if you don't pass Cramdown, he will withhold billions of dollars from the FDIC. 

Put the people who have historically supported the Democratic Party in a room and ask them if the party still supports them. The answer will be yes. But, the truth, of late, is no.  Given a choice of supporting hard core environmentalists who are largely comprised of elitists, academia, Hollywood, and professional protesters, and the party will support them if they have to hurt the working man. Given the choice of supporting a union ,which might not be in the best interest of the working man , the tip goes to the union. 

How does the party get away with this? The abject stupidity of the Republican Party lets it work. There are no leaders in the party who can recognize what the Dems are doing or articulate it clearly. And, if they could, there would be few media sources that would air the story. 

So, the myth lives on. The Democratic Party is the Party of Joe Six Pack. But, it's really the party of Gloria Vanderbilt and all the lesser Vanderbilt's who would let Joe off with a slap on the wrist if he killed someone, but would hang him high if he urinated in the Charles River. 

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President Obama was very clear about his priorities during the long 2008 campaign. The people that voted for him, a substantial majority of voters, continue to be pretty happy with the results so far. He inherited a huge mess generated by 20+ years of republican congressional leadership and 20 out of 28 years of republican occupation of the White House. That is a lot of damage to try and undo.

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The approval rating is now 50% and dropping. Stay tuned.

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