Politicked Off: Will Rogers and the Dems
The Democrats are sitting pretty and many liberals are crowing about their victory but if they want the next four years to go smoothly, I'd recommend these 8 quotes from Will Rogers.
1. Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.
The American people didn't vote President Obama back into office so he could brag about how he was voted back into office by the people. The celebration is now over; time to get to work.
2. Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
Some pundits have said that Obama can basically rest on his laurels as his legacy, Obamacare, is safe and sound. But if democrats want to keep themselves in power, they're going to need to keep plugging away. The Republicans are sore about their loss and could be eager to make some noise so the Democrats need to come out swinging and set the agenda.
3. So let's be honest with ourselves and not take ourselves too serious, and never condemn the other fellow for doing what we are doing every day, only in a different way.
Despite the big victory, the fact of the matter is that the American people sent back mostly the same government that they've had for the past four years. The one thing that has to change this time around is that we can't have the partisanship that bogged down Washington D.C.. Everyone in Washington is working for themselves and trying to make sure there side gets as much power/credit as possible and the Dems need to remember that and maybe try to compromise a little or at least not try to bully the GOP into a defensive stance.
4. Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.
President Obama has a tough road to hoe. The Senate has moved to the left while the GOP is licking its wound. In order to get things accomplished, he's probably going to have to ruffle feathers on both sides of the aisle. I would recommend that he not worry about a little noise and push forward to get things accomplished as opposed to another four years of gridlock.
5. An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else's.
Personally, I think that we're going to see a double dip recession regardless of which economic plan we choose (Neither Romney nor Obama could fix the mess happening in Europe) but I think it's important to keep an open mind in terms of economics and be able to roll the the punches that are undoubtedly coming our way.
6. We don't know what we want, but we are ready to bite somebody to get it.
While the debt has gotten out of control, I think the people who are clamoring about it seem to miss the fact that there's always a debt, especially when we're at war. I do think that the upper class can pay more to help out the working class during these economic times but I wouldn't go whole hog after them and I would definitely tamp down the class war talk that fueled much of the Obama campaign. I think eliminating some unpopular taxes, like the Estate Tax, could go a long way in mending some fences between the parties and also make the Democrats look a little less socialist (which isn't an issue outside of perception but fixing that perception could work wonders in the mid-term elections.)
7. The schools ain't what they used to be and never was.
Education reform is a must. We can't just pump money into our schools and expect that to fix everything. I believe that one of the key elements of Obama's second term has to be investigating how to fix our schools and put forth a plan to get our education system on the right path. The biggest issue with education, however, is that we can't just look back and see how things were and how we can get back there. It's a different world and requires focus on different subjects. Computer classes must be expanded. Wood shop is nice and all but it won't prepare kids for the 21st century workforce. Even some of Obama's fiercest proponents, teachers' unions, should be looked at to make sure we can guarantee that both teachers' and students' rights are protected and the Union isn't protecting underperforming teachers. This will be an insanely difficult task, especially in his economic climate, but I think it is past due.
8. Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it.
I know this one goes against one of the central tenents of the Democratic party but I think it is important to remember that, while sometimes the government needs to step in and help and there always needs to be some government oversight, it's best to leave the free market as alone as possible. The President has walked a fine line and I think he should be doubly cautious about overstepping his and the government's role when it comes to getting involved in business. (That being said, I'm thankful Romney didn't win because I believe his idea to let the free market run wild and take over most everything would have been an utter disaster.)