It is no secret that Senator Hillary Clinton came into the 2008 presidential race believing that she would win every state – effectively establishing her coronation as the Democrat’s far and away choice for president.
Iowa saw things a little bit different.
In a state whose black population amounts to only about 2%, Senator Barack Obama took a very commanding lead of the Iowa caucus, with John Edwards holding on to the number two spot leaving Senator Clinton to lick her wounds and wonder what the hell happened. Since the junior senator from New York doesn’t have the time nor the inclination to reflect on what her poor performance in Iowa means, here’s a few things that can be read from her defeat.
- Iowa prefers a black man and a white man over a white woman – and in that order.
- Thou shalt not count thy votes until they are cast.
- No one is guaranteed a political party’s nomination no matter who they think they are (right Howard Dean?)
- Iowa thinks it is ready to see a black man elected president but wants to make damn sure that the first woman president isn’t Hillary Clinton.
- Farmers aren’t that impressed by money.
- Memo to Clinton: You thought that Iowa was an acronym for Idiots Out Wandering Around, but it might be in your best interests to Imagine Obama Winning All.
Iowa handed Clinton a very much needed slap in the face. She has this idea that she can buy or cajole votes to win and it seems that she is very much ready to find those means necessary to win. The thing of it is, she is forgetting something, she needs to stay to the ultra-liberal left until AFTER the convention. Recently Clinton has been seen courting the idea of quietly and surreptitiously moving to the center. She is beginning to forget that she needs the nomination before she can start flirting with the moderate center.
Don’t misunderstand; Clinton is still very much a liberal. She’s just no longer the Liberal’s liberal. That nomenclature has been passed to Senator Obama. Of course Obama isn’t exactly the right man for the job either – that privilege belongs to a Republican. But, if Clinton wants to stay in this race, she needs to wake up and smell what the Democrats are cooking.
The Democrats have built their platform on womb-to-tomb entitlements. Even former presidential candidate and current Massachusetts senator John Kerry believes that all Americans have the right to free health care. (Excuse me, Senator, but in which article of the Bill of Rights does that appear?). The fact of the matter is this: Democrats are leading America down the path to extinction. They are taking their cues right out of The Communist Manifesto and are blind to the reality that communism has been tried in the world before and that it doesn’t work. Democrats (a term often interchanged with liberal) are tight with their own money (right John Edwards) and are very open with your money.
In his victory speech last night, Senator Obama promised massive tax cuts for the middle class and massive penalties on corporations that off-shore jobs from America. History has repeatedly shown that this kind of foolishness breeds recession and economic heartache for America. In the 1960s, President Kennedy cut taxes and began a massive boost to the American economy. He was a Democrat. Of course today, he would be a Republican and his brother Teddy would be on the war path to impeach his own brother! In the 1980s Reagan cut taxes and federal revenues began to shoot up. In 2002, President Bush cut taxes on the poor and middle class and a funny thing happened: the economy continued to struggle. It wasn’t until 2003 when Bush cut taxes on the rich that the economy began to move again. Revenues to the treasury have been at all time record highs and the economy has been moving forward. Of course there is a new possibility of recession (based solely on unverifiable claims that the housing bubble has burst) and unemployment is up to 5%, but the president is looking into what can be done to off-set the hype and unfounded hysteria.
Democrats fail to understand that poor people and even most middle class citizens do not have the ability to stimulate the economy the way the rich do. The poor and the middle class do not benefit from tax cuts to the poor and middle class. Tax cuts for the poor and middle class only give them enough money to maintain their meager existence. When was the last time you were offered a job by some poor or middle class shlub? Most poor and middle class workers aren’t in a position to hire anyone. They aren’t in a position to create a job (unless they, themselves leave the one they have). Rarely do people in the poor or middle class buy new big ticket items – it’s usually pre-owned cars, clothes from the thrift stores, or a 15 year old house instead of a new one.
When the rich are taxed, they have ways of hiding their money so that they aren’t being penalized for being successful. America is the only nation where being rich automatically secures you a place on the Shyster’s List. The growing mentality that the rich in America somehow came by their wealth through nefarious means is the basis of America’s slow shift toward socialism and collectivism. When taxes on the rich are reduced, they tend to invest more of their money and they pay more of their share of the tax bill. Never mind that almost 50% of the annual revenue collected by the IRS comes from the rich while a meager 5-10% comes from the poor. The remaining 40% or so comes from the middle class.
One thing is for sure, Iowa showed America that not everyone supports Hillary’s womb-to-tomb programs. Hopefully next week in New Hampshire, voters will emphasize that message and convince Hillary that she is not now nor will she ever be crowned president of the United States. America may be ready for a woman president – just not that woman.