Joe Collins writes an opinion column over at PAwatercooler.com that addresses whether Pat Toomey is too conservative to win Arlen Specter's seat. You can click on the link to read his very interesting observation.
Something happened in the Presidential election that almost goes unnoticed. The media, the Democrats, and all of the "jump-on-the-bandwagoners" pounded Bush and the Republicans for doing a terrible job. They claimed it was time to try a new strategy. Yet, at the same time they claimed Bush and the Republicans abandoned their conservative principles to government, spent too much money, threw fiscal restraint out the window, allowed sub-prime mortgages so people who could not afford homes got them, signed a Medicare prescription drug program that expanded that massive social program, and passed budgets packed with pork that ballooned the national debt. Folks, that is the Democratic program. It didn't work, yet Barack Obama will have us believe that more of it is what this country needs.
Tom DeWeese(not to be confused with Bill DeWeese) wrote a prophetic column in 2004 about Bush abandoning the Republican mantra against Big Government and Big Spending.
Still, the White House argues that the economy is on the rebound and, if one looks at events on Wall Street, housing sales, and other economic indicators, such a case can be made, but what is being ignored is (1) the huge debt Americans, old and young, have individually as they struggle to pay rising property taxes, (2) meet the demands of an income tax that takes more than forty percent of their earnings, and (3) pay the countless hidden taxes on everything that affects their daily lives.
As (4) jobs disappear to nations where wages are so much lower than ours, (5) as our manufacturing base decreases, as (6) our agricultural interests reap more government financial support, as (7) more and more jobs in America become “service”, i.e., low-pay Mac-jobs, and (8) as the most important segment of our economy, entrepreneurs and small retailers, are strangled with endless mandates, ordinary people who vote are asking themselves if this White House understands or cares about their problems.
Are there differences between the Republican and Democrat Parties? Yes, but the line has been so blurred by the policies and actions of the White House, a rising tide of distress is being expressed from within the Party... As my Democratic friends stand behind Barack Obama's policies keep in mind that George Bush wasn't any different. It is only perception that fools the untrained eye. And not supporting Obama's policies is not a stand against America, it is a stand for America.