posted on Nov, 11 2012 @ 07:48 PM
Here is the link...By: William Saletan - Slate
In a piece that appears in The Daily Republic
Obama is a moderate Republican
Obama’s instincts are the instincts of a moderate Republican. His policies are the policies of a moderate Republican. He stands where the GOP
used to stand and will someday stand again.
Even John McCain quit his campaign temporarily, rushed to Washington and joined GWB in recommending the bailout.
Yes, Obama began his presidency with bailouts, stimulus, and borrowing.
You know who started the bailouts? George W. Bush.
Bush knew that under these exceptionally dire circumstances, bailouts had to be done.
Stimulus had to be done, too, since the economy had frozen up.
A third of the stimulus was tax cuts.
Once the economy began to revive, Obama offered a $4 trillion debt reduction framework that would have cut $3 to $6 of spending for every $1 in tax
That’s a higher ratio of cuts to hikes than Republican voters, in a Gallup poll, said they preferred.
It’s way more conservative than the ratio George H. W. Bush accepted in 1990.
In last year’s debt-ceiling talks, Obama offered cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in exchange for revenue that didn’t even come
from higher tax rates.
Now he’s proposing to lower corporate tax rates, and Republicans are whining that he hacked $716 billion out of Medicare. Some socialist.
This was a very good opinion piece, quite well stated and something I have recognized myself. What self respecting Socialist would whack $716 from
Medicare?You can find even more evidence of this if you check around. I have included a few more related pieces below.
This is why it is especially infuriating and frustrating to hear people say Obama is practicing socialism, or they are frightened, and this is all new
for the country, when he is so much more Republican in ideals and actions, certainly when compared to Republicans of the past he is far more in line
with them than with the Democrats. Most Democrats or Liberals won't tell you that. Everyone wants to be fiscally responsible but there are things we
will and will not do to get there. Obama has compromised liberal values considerably or we would have a public option or single payer health care
system. The Affordable Heath Care Mandate was "the best we could do" and WE compromised and accepted a poor deal because it was at least a deal.
Minimum basic care.
Yes, Obama imposed an individual mandate to buy health insurance. You know who else did that? Romney. You know where the idea came from? The
Personal responsibility — insisting that people carry private insurance so we don’t have to bail them out in emergency rooms and hospitals — was
a Republican idea.
Same with Wall Street reform: There’s nothing conservative about letting financial institutions gamble with other people’s money in ways that
would force us to bail them out again.
Even Obama’s cap-and-trade proposal echoed the market-based emissions-control policies of the 1990 Bush administration and the 2008 McCain campaign.
And last year, when the EPA proposed a new air-pollution limit, Obama ticked off environmentalists by killing it on the grounds that it might
jeopardize the recovery.
Obama’s no right-winger. You might have serious issues with his Supreme Court justices or his moves on immigration or the Bush tax cuts. But you
probably would have had similar issues with Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon or Gerald Ford.
The author left this message for Republicans running for the hills in fear right now. It is unflattering, unfitting your office and most of all
unnecessary. With a few minor tweaks - you got your guy!
Your country didn’t vote for a socialist Tuesday. It voted for the candidate of traditional Republican moderation. What should gall you, haunt
you, and goad you to think about the future of your party is that that candidate wasn’t yours.
Here is a snippet of this link from Steven L. Taylor writing for Outside The Beltway
Vote moderate Republican - Vote Obama
In fairness to the much-maligned GOP field, they face a formidable hurdle: how to credibly attack Obama when he has adopted so many of their
party’s defining beliefs....
Because Obama has governed as a centrist Republican, these GOP candidates are able to attack him as a leftist radical only by moving so far to the
right in their rhetoric and policy prescriptions that they fall over the cliff of mainstream acceptability, or even basic sanity.
Ezra Klein of The Washington Post published a column titled “Obama Revealed: A Moderate Republican.”
Obama revealed: A
Rather, it appears that as Democrats moved to the right to pick up Republican votes,
Republicans moved to the right to oppose Democratic proposals.
As Gingrich’s quote suggests, cap and trade didn’t just have Republican support in the 1990s.
John McCain included a cap-and-trade plan in his 2008 platform.
The same goes for an individual mandate, which Grassley endorsed in June 2009
— mere months before he began calling the policy “unconstitutional.”
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