Solutions, not name calling, are needed

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By John Barnhart

    Three weeks ago I mentioned why I’ve been citing the figures from the Rasmussen poll. Judging from Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda from last week, it would appear that Mr. Howell has a reading comprehension problem. Actually, I’m sure Mr. Howell has no problem understanding what he reads. His problem is that he is a hyper zealous “Democratic” Party activist. so he will prefer polls that provide him with numbers to his liking.
    I will repeat myself as to why I quote Rasmussen and ignore the other national polls. Back in 2016, in the run up to the presidential election, Rasmussen was one of only two polls to show numbers that indicated that the entity the “Democrats” nominated was in trouble. All the other national polls were wrong.
    I don’t recall suggesting that President Donald Trump is popular. The 49 percent approval rating he reached in Rasmussen’s polling by the start of March hardly makes for a popular president. What I pointed out is that Barack Obama’s approval rating was actually slightly lower at the beginning of his second year as president. Donald Trump is not a popular president, but Barack Obama was not popular either. Had the Republicans nominated a good candidate, instead of Mitt Romney, in 2012, Obama would have been a one term president.
    The fact that both the Trump and the Obama approval ratings are close at this point in their respective presidencies, by the way, doesn’t mean that Republicans are not cruising for a bruising in November. It should be remembered that Barack Obama’s party lost control of the House in the 2010 midterms.
    It should be remembered that there were other issues, besides Barack Obama’s unpopularity. People were angry about the way “Democrats” shoved ObamaCare down their throats. It should also be remembered that House elections revolve around more or less local issues. Rick Boucher, who represented Virginia’s 9th Congressional District for years, earned the ire of his constituents when he voted for a cap and trade bill that was later rejected by the “Democrat”controlled Senate. It was just too extreme. A large portion of Boucher’s district was coal mining country and those folks didn’t take kindly to their congressman voting to put them out of work.
    While Donald Trump is an unpopular president, “Democrats” are going to have to come up with something better than name calling if they want to get control of one house of Congress, let alone both houses. Getting control of even one house of Congress means unseating incumbents. Unseating an incumbent is not easy and this is why I would expect Senator Tim Kaine to retain his seat.
    Incumbents do, however, get unseated, but “Democrats” will have to do a lot better than calling their Republican opponents fascists or religious extremists. Each “Democrat” will need to describe what sort of solutions he plans to support, if elected, and why his solutions are the better idea.
    A big problem that needs a solution is that most people expect stuff from the government, but they don’t want to pay for it. Most voters have, in the last 20 years, wised up to the fact that there is no such thing as free stuff from the government. Stuff from the government has to be paid for through either taxes or borrowing.
    A good way for candidates to win in November is to come up with creative ways to provide things people expect from the government, such as providing an adequate infrastructure. They need to figure out a better way to provide these things other than raising taxes or borrowing money. Then, they need to convince voters that their ideas will work.
    My guess is that most will be too lazy to do this.