Let's get one thing straight: By and large, generally speaking, for the most part, what the American people want is increased governmental benefits, lower taxes, and deficit reduction. You might be able to get two out of three, but nobody knows how to achieve all three. This helps explains the contradictions, absurdities, and confusion seen so widely today.
Some rave and rant about the deficit and want a smaller government that spends less. But when asked what they would cut, they are short of specifics that would make a significant difference. Well, of course, there is always the tried and true waste, fraud, and abuse, and there may be inefficiencies in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, etc.
But the big bucks are elsewhere. We could cut Social Security Benefits.
Oh no, either we or our parents or grandparents depend on that.
What about Medicare? No, of course not, for the same reason that we can't deeply touch Social Security?
Medicaid? Well, no, too many poor people depend on that.
Ah, then, you want to cut the mammoth defense budge?
Hell, no, are you crazy?
OK, you want to reduce the deficit but don't want big cuts in either of the Big Four -- Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Defense. Your only alternative is to raise taxes!
Now you are getting crazy even weird. Taxes are too high now.
So it goes, The swingers who have voted against the ins in the last two elections and put Democrats are poised in 2010 it appears to turn out the ins once again. Independents and others in this class apparently have no defined ideology so they go back and forth between parties and persons apparently based on how the world is treating them at the moment, gut feelings, self-centered sentiments --presentism and selfishness, I call it. Because Obama came in promising change, hope, and a politics transcending party in the midst of the greatest depression since the 1930's not of his own making and did not make us all prosperous in two years, these fickle, confused, gut-driver party switchers want to be rid of the President and a Democratic Congress.
They can't get what they want--smaller government with lower taxes, greater benefits, and deficit reduction--so they act out of anger, rage, full of contradictions, confusion, ignorance, and incompatible demands.
As the most colorful New York gubernatorial candidate summarized his platform, "Rent is too damn high." That's about as good as it gets in 2010 as I prepare to vote shortly.
Hooray for American democracy!