I realize my blogging is increasingly being inspired by what goes on on the the comments section. I’m alright with that – there have been some though-through comments, and some of the ideas are worth looking at without having to scroll through dozens of comments.
One recurring theme – how do we know there is any difference between the two parties? How do we know that Democrats wouldn’t have made all the same idiotic decisions that were made under Bush?
In science, when we trying to determine something like this, we use the scientific method, we try to control one variable. That’s of course harder in politics than in a lab, but the last few years Obama et al. performed a nice little experiment. They proposed two infrastructure investment-heavy, Keynesian style stimulus packages. Both had a Democratic president, high unemployment in need of some stimulus, but in the face of a high deficit. The difference (or Independent Variable) is the House of Representatives. The first time, the stimulus passed, because there was a Democratic House. The second time, with a Republican House, no such luck.
So, elections make a difference for legislation. Is that legislation effective? Well, here I have a personal bias, because I was personally employed in some of those stimulus projects. But don’t just trust me, ask Mother Jones.
The only real conclusion? We need Democrats, we need the most liberal Democrats we can get and keep. And to get them, we need to vote.