Forget the Democrats?

Anastasia Spytsya

I am writing this column in response to most previously published columns of Frank Yonkof.

If there’s one person I don’t understand, it’s Frank Yonkof. I am not sure how someone can be so naive about the current political situation in the county. The Democrats control both houses of Congress and the presidency, yet he complains the Republicans aren’t doing anything. The Republicans? Gimme a break.

Maybe Yonkof’s goal is to avoid talking about what the Democrats are doing – because there isn’t much good to say about it. The Democrats are losing big time now, and the question has switched from “Will the Republicans make gains in the 2012 elections?” to “Just how large will the Republican gains be?”

Let’s take a look at the Democrats right now and how miserably they are failing.

&bull Stimulus bill – President Barack Obama’s claim that we were losing 700,000 jobs a month coming into his administration is interesting, considering we did lose more than 700,000 jobs in February and March, after President Obama took office. Since the stimulus bill was passed, Americans lost 16,000 jobs a day. As of today, 9.5 percent of Americans are unemployed, and this rate is the highest it’s been in 26 years. Yet, the stimulus package was touted as a job-saver. When the stimulus package was passed, we were told that without it, the unemployment rate would reach 8.8 percent. The stimulus package would supposedly keep it below 8 percent this year. Fail.

&bull Health care reform — It’s something Democrats began talking about months ago. How is it possible to have 60 Democrats in the Senate, 251 in the House and a Democratic president and still not make progress on government health care insurance? Obama doesn’t need Republicans to pass this bill, but I guess some intelligent Democrats realize this bill is setting the reform for failure. Democrats already failed when they passed government -run Medicare.

&bull Military conflicts – Yonkof said, “Anyone who watched that debate knows Joe Biden performed better.” I watched the debate, and I personally think Palin left Biden speechless after she said, “Your plan is a white flag.” Because indeed it was. It took President Obama a while to realize we cannot just leave Iraq; he faced the reality on the ground and stopped seeing the political world with rose-colored lenses. But the fact is that he promised to pull out American troops during his first 16 months as president. Fail.

In fact, he added a couple thousand troops in Afghanistan. Probably because he realized security of our country comes first. Exactly what John McCain was trying to tell everybody during his campaign. I am sorry that he did not meet your expectations as a president who “sits down for a talk” first. In fact, President Obama stated during his speech in the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 1, 2007, “If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.” Oh, did he just say that he will bomb Pakistan?

The reason I do not write about how much Democrats suck today is because my party is not in a good shape either. I would rather promote the good of my own than the failures of someone else. You know the basic difference between Republicans and Democrats today? Democrats seem to blame everybody but themselves for all the problems. They refuse to face their own failures. Is there anything they fixed this year so far? But Republicans, being in a super minority, stand up for their beliefs and act. Good for us.

So, Frank, can you just answer one question: What is the logical point of your columns? Why would you want to attack powerless Republicans? What will it change? Fix your party first before you criticize something that you don’t belong to. If you would like to gain some knowledge about the Republican Party, College Republicans are cordially inviting you to their meeting at 9 p.m. next Monday in Room 318 of the Student Center.

Anastasia Spytsya is a senior Russian translation major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at [email protected].