Some personal thoughts on 2012...while I am not saying that I would not endorse the president’s re-election but if there were someone to challenge President Obama on the mere basis of an ideological or principles-based run similar to what happened in 1968 before President Johnson announced that he would not be a candidate for re-election, I would be all for it. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying I dislike the guy but it is moreso on getting the White House back to principles.
I’m hearing from a lot of folks that President Obama’s administration is resembling President Carter’s more and more every day. Don’t get me wrong but the last person that anyone wants to copy is that of Carter. Obama needs a Clinton-like approach to way that he governs as president during the next two years. Before his affair and kid out of wedlock, I would have said that John Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, would have made a great challenge to the president given that he ran his campaign on a populist approach with the whole two Americas message.
As has been the case for the past few cycles, whoever is at the top of the ticket has somewhat of a say on how the races play out down the ticket.
It still looks as if there are two Americas. The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. If the GOP has their way over these next two years, it will stay the same especially ALL the Bush tax cuts get extended. People are complaining of a deficit problem but the thing is that we need to undo the mess that the Bush administration got us into when they cut taxes for the wealthy. Congress needs to extend the tax cuts for the middle class but undo the tax cuts for anyone that makes $250,000 and over. This way, they would be paying what they paid during the Clinton years and we would have a balanced budget leaving a huge surplus which would go towards paying off the national debt.
It is what would have happened during the Bush years if he didn’t lead us into the Iraq mess. Afghanistan was justified and no one has ever questioned that. No one with a rational mind, that is.
The current outlook now is that all the Bush tax cuts will expire. With the way that the economy is looking, we cannot afford allowing the tax cuts for the middle class to expire.