The Republicans have done excellent job in painting the democrats as the reason for everyones problems, which is as far from the truth as it could be, but they have sold it to the people and they have bought it.
Its a little late now but the democrats should have called all the republicans out on their voting records, but they didn't.
The rebublicans have done an excellent job of shifting the blame to the democrats for excessive spending, high deficits, national debt and so on. When the truth is most of this was the result of actions taken many years in arrears.
They have painted the democrats as anti-business when that have been very friendly to business with policies such as accelerated depreciation, the SBA program, auto bailout, financial reform and bailout, etc., etc. but as ussual everyone wants this but no one want to pay for it.
TARP saved us, but everyone favorite saying is no one gave me anything. That is far from the truth. TARP kept you from losing everything you had in the bank and many of us from losing our jobs because if the financial system had failed we would have all been out of work, so now that it requires me to pay a little more in taxes to be responsible, I'm ok with that even though it immediately hurts me, because if that had not have done it I would be worse off and I also know that taxes are a much better way of paying for it than with inflation that is a tax too.
I currently starting a business that will employee approximately 20 full time people when we open the doors in November and has employed many through the construction process. I'm a banker with many financial resources, but the economic climate when I started the project made it all most impossible to fund and I believe someone without my experience could have never funded it. Had the republicans not pushed back on policies that are in this new stimulus bill two years ago, my business would have been open and employing people much sooner and I believe many more businesses would have too.
The biggest issue out there now for most that are struggling is the lack of easy credit to turn too. This is not the governments fault, it is the result of bad personal financial management that can only be fixed with time and personal sacrifice. However, the republicans have tapped into peoples frustration and pain and have given these people an escape goat that being the President and Congress.
Having said all this, I believe it worked and they willl elect many republicans in November. However, people will still be saddled with too much debt and the job market will still be less than robust as there is no need for new construction and the associated needs that come with it, so go ahead and reelect those that you think will save you, but I assure your salvation will come from your actions not their's.
Question: Would you trust Sara Palin with your check book?