Example 1 comes from The New Republic:
…To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic… – Peter Orszag, former Obama Administration OMB Director
Example 2 come from the News Observer:
You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. The one good thing about Raleigh is that for so many years we worked across party lines. It’s a little bit more contentious now but it’s not impossible to try to do what’s right in this state. You want people who don’t worry about the next election. – Governor Bev Perdue (D-NC)
There are two fundamental reasons, I think, for this:
1. Democrats are very worried they are going to get clobbered next year, so not having elections or transferring power to non-elective bodies (which Obama can appoint prior to be booted) is a means for them to retain power no matter what the voters want.
2. Liberals, by their actions, show an inborn contempt for the people of the United States. In President Obama’s exquisite phrasing we, the people, are a collection of knuckle-dragging morons who bitterly cling to guns and the Bible (I guess I’m only a half-moron – I still don’t own a gun, but I am ever more fiercely clinging to my Bible. In fact, I just read the Gospel of Mark today…). We are not whom our liberals want to have to consult in matters of policy. We are tiresome. We just get in the way. If we would just do as we’re told, all would be well..liberals would be rich and in charge and enjoying a lavish, taxpayer-funded lifestyle while the rest of us would be poor…but equally poor, so its all good.
To me, this is ultimately just one more sign of a Ruling Class growing more worried and desperate. We’ll see how things come out – but I think that we, the people, can look forward with confidence to 2012…they’re on the run.