The most common criticism leveled at President Obama in this campaign is that he has promoted “failed policies”. My judgement is he has spent his time working on important problems.
This is something one cannot say about his most vocal critics, Republican members the House and Senate. Their time has been spent on pointless issues. I’d like to ask Republicans why their focus for the last decade has been on the issues of gay marriage and abortion?
When I use the word, “focus”, I mean the number of legislative bills and hours of political rhetoric devoted to these two topics. Yes, there were a few other issues Republicans brought up, lower taxes on the wealthy, deregulation and invading two countries. Former President Bush told the Prime Minister of France invading Afghanistan and Iraq, like abortion and gay marriage, had religious meaning.
There is, so far as I can tell, broad consensus the U. S. economic problem was caused by and/or is being lengthened by the housing problem. This, in turn, was made possible by some of the deregulation that took place.
While this deregulation was taking place, however, political debate was focused on the religious issues of gay marriage and abortion. While some Democrats can be blamed for parts of this, Republicans were the ones talking up religious values. We need only review the Republican Party National Convention to see the preoccupation with religion.
My hope is the public recognizes how much time Congress wastes arguing about religious issues. This is the biggest “failed policy” of all.