What’s Wrong With Giving Gifts to the Voters?

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Contra Mitt Romney, I think the real problem with the Democrats is that they’re not transactional enough with their politics.

It used to be that Democrats were the party of giving stuff to people and Republicans were the party of deficit scolds. Unsurprisingly, Democrats won more elections.

Eventually Republicans were able to turn the dynamic around by becoming the party of giving people tax cuts, and turning Democrats into the party of cleaning up Republicans’ huge deficits.

Think about how the Affordable Care Act debate went down and how much more time Obama and the Democrats spent talking about “bending the curve” on health spending versus how much time they spent talking about all the goodies people were going to get. It had to be like 4-1. If anything, Obama’s fault was not being blatant enough about telling people what goodies were coming.

That’s not to say people shouldn’t try to pay for the programs they want, but Democrats are taking it too far by letting the bummer deficit talk infect their rhetoric. Democratic politicians shouldn’t even talk about the deficit. Let the Republicans be the only party scolding people about the deficit, while Democrats go back to being the party of free presents. Nobody actually cares about the deficit, and the sooner Democrats learn that the better.

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4 Responses to What’s Wrong With Giving Gifts to the Voters?

  1. After the election, Romney should know better than anyone that money just can’t buy everything. Despite all odds, our President prevailed. He still has an uphill battle fighting a Red House which has blocked his every move in an attempt to squash his goals of bringing the Middle Class equal pay, women’s rights, gay rights and affordable healthcare. The Bush Administration drove our economy into a swift nose dive and Obama is still the patsy. Watch conservative hands paint him in Blackface with a visual commentary of how Barack has been bamboozled at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/bamboozling-obama.html

    • John Wayne says:

      What did he do when he had a blue house? Why won’t you folks hold him accountable for anything, he even admitted that he sit on his hands and lost the house in 2010, why is it so hard to hold him accountable for anything, seriously? Everything is someone elses fault?

      • Jon says:

        The Pelosi House was amazing actually. The problem was that Republicans decided Democrats should have to get a supermajority to do anything at all, and that put conservatives like Ben Nelson, Joe Lieberman, Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter right at the veto point in the Senate. If the Senate had passed everything the Pelosi House passed, we’d be in much better shape.

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