Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Middle Majority

I feel confident I could come up with a budget deal that most Americans would vote for... just not one that either Democrats or Republicans in Congress would vote for... or that anyone who could get elected to Congress from either party would be able to vote for and survive.  I wish there were a third party for the middle majority, who are neither Occupants nor Tea Partiers.


Anonymous said...

Do the supposed middle really care enough about politics to appreciate your middle of the road budget solution? Are most of them the middle because they don't care much about politics and don't follow it closely? Honestly I never understood supposed independents and why they're considered more level headed and balanced. They just seem like they don't know what they want to me. The two sides are very opposite and there's not much room for agreement between them. Worse yet it seems the compromises they come up with make everything worse off. I'd rather see either side dominate in the policy decisions rather than compromise on something they can each blame each other for when it doesn't work out the way they hoped. That's one of the nice things about being in Texas. Whatever happens the Republicans can't blame anyone but themselves since they've been in power for so long down here, althoug they still manage to blame the federal government for all their problems.

Btw, why don't you throw out a few ideas that you think could solve our budget issues that those in the middle would like. I'd be interested in seeing what you come up with.

Ken Schenck said...

It seems to me that both sides have to lose their "won't budge" points. The Republicans at least need to accept going back to 2000 tax rates and the Democrats need to accept significant cuts to entitlements. What am I missing?

Anonymous said...

What middle majority wants their taxes to go up and Medicare and Social Security to be cut?

It's funny how often people will vote against their own interests because of what they "feel". People will be for all sorts of things 'til they end up seeing how those thing impact them and their loved ones. Most people who can vote don't know much about politics just as most in the church don't know much about church history and theology.

JohnM said...

Ken, there ARE third parties - but those third parties are hardly for the middle majority. I'd like to see them gain some traction - even if there's not one of them I'd want to entirely have it's way ;-)

Angie Van De Merwe said...

I've understood and seen the "Tea Party" as conservative middle class people that believe in "The American System", meaning free market capitalism, limited government and individual liberty. These were values that our Founders held weren't they?

I think the Tea Partiers have "gone off" the end, by "Biblicizing" our Founding, though it works for most, because "faith in America" is so important (not education).

The Occupy movement is an undermining of corporate America and free markets, for a union or entitlement demand. One of the main organizers of the movement is Van Jones, who is a communist. The behavior of the Occupy movement belies their "entitlement mentality", because they have disregarded "common decency" that creates and further prospers civilized societies!

While corruption has infilterated the power elite, do we throw the baby out with the bath water? If not, what the "Tea Party" attempts to do is a good thing. What the Occupiers are doing is corrosive to our society, because it damages the basic foundations upon which our society exists; mutuality and regard for the other's interests...I didn't see where the "Tea Party" damaged business interests, or property in their attempts to "Free Speech". Theirs was a civil disagreement about raising taxes, universal healthcare, and our fiscal situatedness.

Anonymous said...

entitlements are the problem