If you put twenty pundits in a room you will get about thirty opinions on why Democrats fundamentally lost the 2010 elections. If you add ten politicians, the number of opinions will increase by about fifteen. All of those opinions will be prefaced with the phrase, “What the American people want is…”
I don’t know what the basic reason is, and I don’t know what the American people want. Most polls put unemployment and jobs at the top of the list, however, so let’s just assume that what the American people want is for our government to do something about the unavailability of jobs.
So what is Obama’s top priority? Right, a tax cut. What is the top priority of Congress and the only thing that it is willing to deal with? Right again, a tax cut. What is the only thing that media talking heads are yapping about? Right again, extension of the Bush tax cuts.
Congress is specifically rejecting extension of unemployment benefits, and legislation to promote jobs creation is not even on the event horizon.
So if you have a job your government is on board with taking care of you and will make sure that you are not going to be burdened with excessive taxes; it will make sure that you can purchase health insurance; all that good stuff. Your government is there for you.
If you don’t have a job, well, good luck.