Nate,If we consider that one of the primary problems in our country
is the federal government's budget, deficit spending, and debt, then I
would want to look to a successful Republican governor that has demonstrated
fiscal balance.Our economy has been stagnant, despite federal
stimulus spending. We need a GOP governor that will be able to work with
Democrats and Republicans to reform taxes, entitlement spending, defense
spending, etc. I understand your frustration with Republicans
acting like Democrats, and Democrats behaving like the GOP is now. That is
where we need a good leader. Obama is an awful leader. He has only increased
the divide in Washington. I still believe that respect and statesmanship can
exist in DC if the right people are there to lead.It is incumbent
upon all Americans to vote wisely.
David,I agree we shouldn't be partisan. I would not
necessarily say your analysis was non partisan either. You blame congress
equally and ignore the fact that for the last three years the goal of the
republicans in the US congress has been to obstruct any and everything that the
President has tried to do. You have selected a handful of states and only
focused on their budget cutting efforts and seem to think that makes them a
success. If you look at the jobs created in Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, they are
primarily minimum wage or close to it. I would not argue that
President Obama has been a great success, unlike you, I am not sure that any of
the potential republican candidates would be any better, and part of the problem
is I would expect the democrats to treat a republican president just like the
republicans have treated this president. Until we get politicians on both sides
to put country first, changing R's for D's is not going to change the
direction of the country.
Pagan,You are cherry picking data regarding GOP governors. Do a
simple comparison of red vs. blue states and their financial health. Also, look
generally at the state of their economies. With regards to Gov.
Walker, he turned around $billion deficit spending that accrued under Democratic
leadership and now the state enjoys a surplus. Christie has enjoyed similar
successes.Texas, Utah, and other GOP states enjoy better state
economies as opposed to California, Michigan, Illinois…Rather
than be partisan, try looking honestly at who is doing better.I
don't argue that Congress has been a mess. Both parties are to blame. I
do believe that GOP governors provide better leadership and would be better as
president than Obama has been.
'Republicans hold the House, but alone they can do very little other than
work to ensure that Obama & Reid's vision for America fails to be
realized.' You ignore the almost 400 Republican
filibusters in the Senate. 'Since Democrats took control of
the Senate in 2006, Republicans have mounted 380 filibusters' – By
Sarah Jones – 12-09-12 “Since Democrats took control of
the Senate in 2006, Republicans have mounted 380 filibusters. This far exceeds
anything we’ve seen before in the Senate. By comparison, in Lyndon B.
Johnson’s six years as Senate majority leader, he faced just one
filibuster.” You cannot claim government 'does not
work'… when the only platform from the GOP in the last 5
years was to make Obama a 'one term president'. I would
like to see the 'examples' of Republican governors besides Texas. # 1
in Executions and # 1 in work-related accidental deaths. Or, opting
out of the Affordable Care act. A lack of solutions, is not a
Pagan,When you're the party in the minority, you don't
have a lot of opportunity to govern. Republicans hold the House, but alone they
can do very little other than work to ensure that Obama & Reid's vision
for America fails to be realized.Republican governors generally have
better run states, and they also have great ideas. I don't hear much from
Democratic governors other than pleas for bailouts.
It is typical that the Republican party will come back into power after Obama.
Politics has been going this way for the last 80+ years. However,
with a 9% approval rating in Congress, it doesn't help their odds. When the Republican party shuts down the government, votes 47 times to
repeal the ACA… and generally, shows their inability to
What are we worried about this lot for? It's Hillary 2016.
Any one of whom is infinitely more qualified to govern our country than the
incumbent, or Mrs. Clinton.The question is, will the media be
inquisitive about the Democrat candidate this time, or only bash Republicans,
and will the "low information voters" be seduced again by lures of
"free stuff" and lack of understanding of the dire financial straits we
are in, and the necessity to make serious changes?I think I know the
answers, and they are not encouraging.