Most Americans believe the country is on the wrong track. According to averages at Real Clear Politics, 61.3% of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. Yet, Obama believes he has struck the right chord by using his "the Republicans drove us into this ditch, are we willing to hand the Republicans the keys back?" The lines Obama uses around this theme are catchy and make his rich liberal donors laugh, but is it a winning line. In order to assess the predicament and make the appropriate decisions to get us out of the ditch an analysis of how a car gets out of the ditch is necessary.
One can argue that it was the Democrats that drove us into the ditch in the first place. First of all, the economy was on the rise in 2005 and 2006 leading up to the wave election cycle of 2006. Democrats didn't win that wave election on domestic policy. Democrats won that election on foreign policy. The Democrats, aided by the pathetic pawns in the media, hammered Bush on the foreign wars and especially Iraq. Both Iraq and and the largely forgotten war in Afghanistan were going badly and popular support for the wars declined precipitously. Bush made his bed with the foreign wars and was unwilling to move back and reassess. The Democrats took over Congress in the fall of 2006 and the rest is history. Finally, realizing that the public would not support an endless war, Bush backed up and changed policies. Bush relented and finally followed the advice of military leaders and provided the troop surge that changed the direction of Iraq. While, Bush was busy with foreign policy the democrats began dismantling the American economy. The enactment of pet projects, like increasing minimum wage requirements, began eroding the American economy. While Bush was attempting to gain traction in foreign policy the Democrats sat at home and enacted job killing legislation. It was the democrats that screamed at the top of their lungs that the economy wasn't nearly as good as the numbers showed. Liberals went as far as to even claim that an increase in GDP showed the economy was actually contracting. But alas, Bush was President and has to take the blame for the economy that failed.
So the economy did eventually collapse under Bush watch. Obama, can and does say that it was Bush that drove the car in the ditch. However, in the 19 months since Obama was inaugurated, the economy has yet to recover. In fact, the economy is moving sideways at best and backwards into a double dip recession at worst. When America turned the keys to the car over to the Obama administration what did Obama do? I can tell you he stepped on the gas pedal; full speed ahead with the liberal agenda being pushed forward since 2006. The problem is that pushing forward is not he way to get the car out of the ditch.
Anyone that has ever driven into a ditch can tell you that stepping on the gas and pushing forward only makes things worse. Stepping on the gas moves one further into the ditch. One must use a series of steps, including backing up, in order to get back onto the main road. So while Obama is right when he says the car was already in the ditch when he became President, he is wrong when he equates it to going backwards and saying why would you give the keys back to the people who put us in the ditch in the first place. Any General will tell you that sometimes retreat is preferable tot he frontal assault that is going badly. Sometimes you have to take a step back and reassess in order to change the outcome. It is the Democrats that had the keys to the economy when it derailed and Obama never took the keys away. Instead Obama declared full speed ahead with the government takeover of our individual liberties and responsibilities. I would much rather have the economy of 2005 and 2006 then the economy of today. Prior to the liberal takeover of our country jobs were being produced, housing sales and prices were on the rise, and incomes were increasing. To me that is far preferable to the conditions of today, where the housing market is in collapse, labor hours and incomes are decreasing, unemployment is on the rise, and potential workers are so discouraged as to leave the market entirely.
If the elections of 2009, and the early and more recent primary elections are indications, Americans understand how to get the car out of the ditch. The status quo is no longer acceptable. Newcomers to the political arena are winning elections and the elitist politicians are being voted out in droves. A new crop of politicians that listen to their constituents is required to get us out of the ditch. We need to backup, reassess, and return to being the prosperous country that we once were. Our voices are being heard but the elitists are not listening. The citizens of this great country are on the verge of taking the keys away from all of the politicians that drove us in the ditch.