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Democrats suffer electile dysfunction

November 15, 2009 - Panama City News Herald


By Ron Hart

The events of the last two weeks have reaffirmed my belief in the sanity of Americans. It was a tough couple of weeks for Democrats.

First, the Yankees won the World Series. To me, their victory is not that great in and of itself because I am a Braves fan. It does, however, confirm that free-market capitalism works. If you pay the most for talent, you usually win. The market sets a price based on the quality of the product, and while there are occasional aberrations (e.g., the Tampa Bay Rays), over time efficient markets prevail.

Second, in a close vote in Maine, locals repealed a law passed by their legislature and effectively, in language many view as a double entendre, overturned gay marriage.

Let's be fair to those who were upset that gay marriage was voted down. I feel quite comfortable that if, in the privacy of a voting booth, Maine held a vote to overturn straight marriages, that measure would also pass.

After numerous tries, the good citizens of Ohio finally voted for casino gambling. The combination of empowered unions, plaintiffs' attorneys, environmental regulation, high taxes and Obama's cap/trade/health care taxes has run manufacturing out of Ohio to either the South or overseas. Now that there are no companies left to sue or tax, there is nothing left to do for money in Ohio but to roll the bones and bet the hard eight.

Yet the most important votes took place in the purplish-to-bluish states of New Jersey and Virginia, where the citizenry rejected Obama and elected Republican governors. The Virginia GOP won a whopping 59 percent of the vote - 1 percent short of the 60 percent supermajority needed to reinstate the Confederate flag.

Obama made several trips to campaign for both Democratic candidates, so draw your own conclusions. And in the delusion department, Nancy Pelosi articulated a whopper by saying this was a big win for the Democrats and Obama. She said it consolidated Obama's power, but I am not sure how she got there. The only thing I can reason is that now, if you do not vote for Obama's legislation, he can threaten to come to your state during your election campaign and stump for you.

In classic Chicago-style politics, Obama called the newly elected GOP governors to congratulate them, while Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod probably got busy behind the scenes cutting funding to those states and withholding their swine flu vaccine allotment from the CDC.

As with his health care takeover bill, there is no worse feeling for a politician than to be knee-deep in pushing legislation and then suddenly realizing that it will not work. It did not stop Pelosi from negotiating the nationalized health care bill vote to a standoff with the Blue Dog Democrats. She tends to win, especially when it comes down to who blinks first.

Dilly-dallying over Afghanistan, overpromising on closing Gitmo without thinking it through (if he wanted to close Guantanamo quickly he should have made it a Saturn dealership), and being so PC that he tells us we must not call the perpetrator of the Fort Hood massacre a Muslim, have many feeling Obama has done little to make us safer. I would not be surprised if police Sgt. Kim Munley, who shot Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan four times in a heroic effort, is prosecuted by Attorney General Eric Holder for a hate crime.

In fairness, this administration did bring Osama bin Laden's driver and chef to trial in the U.S. After that, Obama vowed that he will not rest till he also gets bin Laden's aerobics instructor and pool boy.

Obama decided not to go to Germany to celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, probably because there was no award to be given to him since Reagan got there first. Attending the commemoration of such a historic turning point, when individual freedom and capitalism triumphed over an oppressive communist totalitarian regime, would be hard on Obama. He is just now getting over our own elections in November.

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Columns by Ronald Hart. Ron grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal. His columns reflect a rare combination of Southern libertarian views and humor. They have been described as "Lewis Grizzard meets P.J. O'Rourke with a dash of Will Roger's horse sense". His columns are carried by 30 newspapers with a total weekly circulation of approximately 1 million readers.