On the eve of Election 2010, most pollsters and pundits are predicting a decisive defeat for Democrats with most claiming this is a referendum of the Obama administration. But, what, exactly does this vote mean for the economy and U.S. middle class?
Reading the tea leaves, pun intended, one must wonder how the media can be so disconnected with what is really going on in America.
What are people so pissed about? Is it bi-partisanship, Obamacare, the Stimulus, taxes? Is it elected officials are not
liberal, moderate, conservative, work across the aisle enough?
All of that is wrong.
As a site which has daily written about the United States economy, I can definitely say it's about jobs.
Wall Street got a bail out and bonuses, Americans got laid off and made poor. Special interests and even China got Stimulus, Americans got more jobs offshore outsourced and foreclosed upon. High frequency traders made billions, regular Americans lost their meager retirement.
Now there is pressure for Obama to shed himself of his advisers.
Among the complaints: Mr. Obama conveyed an incoherent message that didn't express what Democrats would do over the next two years if they retain power; he focused more on his own image than helping Democratic candidates; and the White House picked the wrong battle when it attacked Republicans for using "outside" money to pay for campaigns, an issue disconnected from voters' real-world anxieties.
Messaging, image, message? Wrong again Democrats, it's about jobs.
Democrats, YOU BLEW IT! That's the bottom line. You voted for Wall Street, not Main Street and even worse we didn't get real financial reform. You did nothing about stopping the offshore outsourcing of jobs, instead tried to pass immigration reform for that all important Hispanic vote. Where's that Hispanic vote now and don't you think Americans of Hispanic ethnicity need jobs just as much as rest of America if not more so?
What's wrong? Elected representatives don't listen to the people is what's wrong. How many of you wrote your representatives and if lucky, received a letter where that representative just told you what they were going to do and then a bunch of lies back, completely ignoring what you wanted?
Does anyone believe this election means people want their jobs offshore outsourced? Hell no. Does anyone believe this election people do not want affordable health care? Hell no again. Does anyone believe this election people do not want jobs? That's the biggest hell no of them all.
People wanted Stimulus but effective Stimulus, not spending to special interests for special favors sake. They wanted those Wall Street crooks in jail, not given bonuses. They wanted health care reform that lowered costs, not give the private health care sector more carte blanche.
I believe this is a protest vote. No one expects Republicans to do anything right, more people are hoping at least they can stop the wrong.
We'll be here doing the same thing next election cycle, throwing the bums out. Why? Because the American people are not represented and both parties will not act in the national interest, in the middle class interest.
Both parties will tell you they are, but in fact, uh, not so much. They can message, spin, pontificate and even put pundit du jour on a pedestal, you'll still see a similar swing next cycle. Until Americans see paychecks, their paychecks rise, their retirement secure, their neighbors doing well, the only thing that will remain the same is voting out the incumbents.
Republicans be warned, vote for another executive pay package, give one more dime to the super rich, pass bills that lose one more job and 2012 will be your turn.