MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Do Politicians Actually Believe What They Run On?

March 14th, 2017 Viewed 2212 times, 2 so far today

President Trump has done a lot in his first 100 days so far, but none were more interesting in many ways than his first speech before a joint session of Congress. While many focused on the Democrats that sat out the 2 minute long applause for the fallen hero, it was much more intriguing to see Republicans applauding things that were not traditionally Republican and Democrats not quite knowing what to do.

Shika Dalmia argues that Trump has radically changed the GOP, but I’m not sure that’s the case. I think it’s more situational. When it’s your guy that’s President, you back what he says– especially because he won saying it. When it’s not your guy, you obstruct and resist everything.

Which points to the post title– I believe that while there are some politicians that actually believe what they run on (Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, and a few others come to mind), for the most part these people run on popular things to get elected. This isn’t going to be fixed by passing a bill with the right label to match what they said they believe. It will only be fixed by actually doing what they say they want to or are going to do.

Republicans should not try to use the same tactics as the Democrats– Including Deem-and-Pass

April 1st, 2015 Viewed 934 times

Republicans Bring Back Unconstitutional “Deeming” Of Bills – SayAnythingBlog

Fast Acting Republicans

January 5th, 2011 Viewed 1523 times, 1 so far today

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Today marks the beginning of the Republican rule of the House of Representatives.  At noon, the Republicans start a 20-day plan to vote on undoing President Obama’s laws—starting with ObamaCare.

They’re ambitious—changing house rules, attempting to repeal a major piece of legislation, and trying to keep their campaign promises.

So Now What?

November 3rd, 2010 Viewed 2056 times, 1 so far today

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What’s funny about this election is that most of what was historic about it was predicted so much in advance that when the actual event happened you could actually feel let down.  I mean, here I was expecting Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) to lose Nevada, only come to find out he didn’t.  And all that talk about the possible Senate takeover, was that just to hype us up?


An Election of Firsts

This was a strange election for me because of the number of firsts.

  • First time at a new polling place since we moved.
  • First time bringing all four kids to vote.
  • First time that we’ve had over 200 Republicans in the House.
  • First time that I actually felt like I should vote my conscience instead of voting for the person with the best chance of winning.

That’s right, that last one’s been a long time in coming.

I used to believe that I should vote for the person with the best chance of winning that held closest to my views.  The problem is that I’m not sure that’s how we’re supposed to vote.

Ignorant Voters

This goes back to one of my pet peeves about elections:  People that aren’t informed about who they’re voting for just voting a party line.

Now I know, people usually know who they want to vote for because of their party line—it’s some kind of default for most people.  The thing is, when someone isn’t engaged with what is going on is given a ballot, they actually hurt those people that are involved.

But if I pick someone that doesn’t truly represent me, or represent me best, aren’t I doing much the same thing?  Aren’t I supposed to be voting for my representative?

Too Much Like a Game

To me, the whole system has become too much like a game with teams.  To many, I don’t think it really matters any more who wins as long as “my team wins.”  We aren’t as interested in getting the best person for the job as we are making sure that the person who has the job is the right color (blue or red) and has the right letter after their name.

I think that means that we have pretty cheap politics.

When we stop seeing the people, when we stop listening to the issues, when we’re willing to go as low as possible and do anything to win—when winning is more important than truly representing the people that you claim to want to serve—we’ve gone too far.

And Does it Really Matter?

This is the other thing I’m beginning to wonder.  No party, since I’ve been alive, has actually cut the federal debt.  President Clinton had a projected budget surplus (that I’m not sure ever materialized), but no one has actually delivered on the promise of less government.

Everyone’s been all about less taxes and more government.

I’m tired of all the spending and creating a generation of dependents.  It will break the country, just as it broke all of Europe and the U.S.S.R. before it.  It does nothing but feed the monster that is the Federal Government.

I have little hope that the current group of Congressmen will be any different than those before.  Sure, they’ll make some signs of doing something to halt spending—so instead of increasing spending by 10% they’ll increase it by 5% and say they cut spending1.  But what can they do when they don’t have the Senate or the Presidency.

And would the people actually support them restructuring Social Security and Medicare—the two biggest expenses to the Federal Government, of which both will go insolvent without an uptick in the economy?  Would our elected representatives have the guts to “go there”?

I’m sorry to say, I don’t think so.

  1. The sick part is, they don’t think that we see through this. []

Where are the Deserting Republicans?

October 18th, 2008 Viewed 1205 times

story.gore.bush.ap Eight years ago, when then Gov. George W. Bush ran against then Vice President Al Gore and again four years ago when Pres. George W. Bush ran against Sen. John Kerry, there were reports everywhere of people that were going to leave the country if President George W. Bush was elected into office.  They peered into their crystal balls and saw a country that no longer looked like them.  They saw policies that they disagreed with, and just like every election year, the American people needed to make the “right” (or in this case left) decision or else America was doomed.

Keep It Up, Guys

September 26th, 2008 Viewed 1752 times

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Meet John Boehner.  This is the man (well, he and the other Conservative House Republicans) that stand between us and the bailout.

Well, actually, there’s also a lot of politics involved—surprise, surprise.

You see, the President, the Treasury Secretary, the Senate Democrats, the Senate Republicans and the House Democrats all want this bill.  And they have the power to pass it right now.  Today.  Right this minute.

If They Really Wanted to Make a Difference

August 29th, 2008 Viewed 1868 times

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The Washington Post is out this morning with an article stating that the GOP is considering delaying their convention because of Hurricane Gustav.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the last thing that Republicans want is to appear like they are partying while another part of the country is hurting.

President Bush, a Republican, got a bad rap in the hours after Katrina, and has been saddled with the responsibility of what happened there—I believe unjustly.

But if the GOP cancel, I think that they’re missing a great opportunity.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.