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Letter: It’s been about 2016... since 2008

Posted: July 2, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 2, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Let’s take our partisan thinking caps off for a second and look holistically at the last four years and the next eight.

Despite all of the political fact-massaging on both sides, as well as the quoting and citing of irrelevant and inconsequential polls, those paying attention during the early moments of this administration — when the smartest people in the country were finally ascertaining the depth and the breadth of the financial collapse — concluded that the scope of this near-depression pointed to a real U.S. recovery sometime toward the end of the first Obama term and beyond.

That is how the pros saw it then. Both Democrats and Republicans took this forecast to heart, and planned accordingly.

Within this realization resides the foundation for what we have seen from the GOP over the course of this term.

With unprecedented use of the filibuster and an active, aggressive willingness to abandon their own planks when President Obama embraced them (remember, they were for immigration reform before.

They originally proposed cap and trade as the “free market” alternative solution.

Obamacare was modeled after Romney’s state-level health system. They originally proposed the individual mandate.

Their core “trickle down” economic theories function by masking economic boom within the debt and deficit, but now they are against debt and deficits. One needs to ask: Why the blatant and open obstructionism?

The answer quite clearly emerges: 2016.

With a recovery a foregone conclusion, but well beyond the grasp of this 2008 term, the winner of the 2012 presidential election will set the stage of power for the subsequent two terms, possibly three.

Whichever party is in power during the 2012 term will ride the wave of an economic recovery in full steam and therefore gain an additional term or two thereafter.

So 2012 is important. This one election may very well set the stage for who holds the White House for the next decade, and the Republicans know this. You can tell by their “no holds barred” tactics that they know this.



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