February 24, 2012
While the GOP Revives The Culture Wars: It's The Economy, Stupid!
Across the nation, bill after bill is going through state legislatures controlled by the GOP. From the anti-choice bills and those designed to make abortion more difficult (by adding unnecessary procedures to the task), the GOP have restarted the War on Women. Anti-labor laws have passed in states like Wisconsin and Ohio. Other states are passing anti-immigration laws, or laws to make it harder for poor or elderly people to vote. Because the GOP knows what's on the mind of Americans this coming election cycle: never letting gay people get married! Am I right, America?
It's no surprise to me that they're ignoring the job numbers which continue to improve under Obama's policies. But where are the Democrats on this issue? Where are the people talking about infrastructure investment, education reforms, reducing the cost of college, and other things to get our economy regoing? Where's the new "New Deal?" Instead, Congress is cutting education funding, cutting Pell Grants, ignoring infrastructure spending, and talking about the culture wars.
When will Obama return to 2008, and get us motivated again? While the 99 Percent movement has done much, we need to fundamentally change the discussion in America. I think it's time for Obama to take a page out of Clinton's playbook. It's not about the culture wars, it's the economy, stupid!
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