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The “Little Guys”

The Democrats took full control of the Congress in January 2007.  Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have been running the place for almost four years now. 

Candidate Obama became President Obama in January 2009.  So Democrats have had complete control of the levers of power in Washington since then. 

Okay, we know the Democrats are for the “little guy,” right?  The downtrodden, those who have gotten the short end of the stick.  So how are those folks doing under the benevolent rule of the Pelosi/Reid Congress? 

Well, I happened to be perusing the pages of the Cincinnati Enquirer this past Sunday, September 12th, and a number of headlines jumped out at me.  The first read: “Number of homeless families up since ’07.”  Here are a couple excerpts from the story:

“For millions who have lost jobs or faced eviction in the economic downturn, homelessness is perhaps the darkest fear of all… From 2007 thru 2009, the number of families in homeless shelters – households with at least one adult and one minor child – leapt to 170,000 from 131,000 according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development with long-term unemployment ballooning, those numbers could easily climb this year.”

It’s interesting that when Republicans are in power, the mainstream press can’t do enough stories about homelessness, and Republicans’ alleged failure to take action to curb it.  But now that the Democrats are in charge, it almost never gets mentioned.  I wonder why?

Another headline from the same Sunday Enquirer read “Number of working-age poor soaring.”  Once again, I’ll let the story speak for itself:

“The number of people in the U.S. who are in poverty is on track for a record increase on President Obama’s watch, with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960’s levels that led to the national war on poverty.  Census figures for 2009 – the recession-ravaged first year of the Democrat’s presidency – are to be released in the coming week, and demographers expect grim findings.  It’s unfortunate timing for Obama and his party just seven weeks before important elections when control of Congress is at stake.  The anticipated poverty rate increase – from 13.2% to about 15% — would be another blow to Democrats struggling to persuade voters to keep them in control.”

And how are young people doing in the Pelosi/Reid/Obama economy?  A front-page Enquirer headline from September 7th reads: “Worst on record: Summer not so hot for job seekers: Fewer than half of youths ages 16-25 working in August.”  Once again, I’ll let the article speak for itself:

“The worst summer on record for young people who wanted a job staggered to an end this Labor Day weekend.  Only 47.6% of people ages 16-24 had jobs in August, the lowest level since the government began keeping track in 1948, according to the Labor Department.  By comparison, 62.8% of that age group was employed in August 2000.  The recession hit young people especially hard this summer, sending many back to school with fewer dollars to spend.”

I guess the “little guy” that the Congressional Democrats care so much about would also logically include the “little business person” too (or small business person) wouldn’t it?  Well how are they faring under the compassionate Pelosi/Reid Congress?  It turns out, not so well.  Back to the Sunday, September 12th Enquirer, this time the Business Section, and the headline reads: “Small-business owners worry as Jan. 1 nears: Plan ahead for likely rise in income tax rate.”  Again, to the article itself:

“Potentially thousands of small-business owners in greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky will be paying higher taxes on Jan. 1 if Congress allows Bush-era tax cuts for higher-income Americans to expire this year.  The most sweeping tax cuts in decades – for all income levels – are due to expire at year’s end.  But small-business owners who combine business income with personal income, a common arrangement, could be pushed over the tax ceiling.  Local tax experts say even the smallest businesses could be affected.  When you stack the income from a business with the salary from the business that gets you into the highest rates very quickly…”

In my view, it’s always a bad time to be raising taxes.  But it’s a particularly wrong-headed thing to do when we’re in the middle of one of the deepest recessions in the past century, and want to create jobs.   Studies show that 70% of new jobs in America are created by small businesses.  Thus, it makes no sense to be raising taxes on small business owners as Pelosi/Reid intend to do, if you’re serious about trying to create jobs for people. 

So there you have it.  The Party that likes to think of itself as the savior, defender and protector of the “little guy” is actually stepping on the little guy’s neck, and keeping him down.  But there are a lot more “little guys” than big guys in this country, and they’re tired of being ignored, exploited, taken for granted, and out-and-out lied to by those who pose as their benefactors. 

There’s a pretty good chance that about seven weeks from now (on Tuesday, November 2nd to be exact) a tsunami is coming, unlike anything we’ve seen in a long time.  Power’s going to be taken from the arrogant likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and given back to the hard-working, God-fearing, family-loving, patriotic “little guys” who made this country the greatest nation on the face of the earth.  And it can’t come soon enough.  Remember in November. 

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