Anne Leigh Parrish Writer

Like many of us, I’m thinking a great deal about the upcoming mid-term elections.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve grown weary of campaign commercials, campaign rhetoric, name-calling, finger-point and the rest.  The Tea Partiers bore me with their proud ignorance of how anything – and everything – actually works in this country.  What I resent most is how Republicans continue to run with a message that government is bad.  Government is out to steal your money and make you poor.  The Democrats failed to save the economy.  Everything is their fault.

Excuse me?  Does anyone read history anymore, or have a memory that spans longer than a nanosecond?  Who controlled Congress during the years leading up to the collapse in the financial industry, and  the bubble in the housing market?  Who looked the other way and promoted de-regulation?  Who is it who always says you have to spend money to make money?  So, why are the Republicans, and any variations thereof, complaining about the deficit, the bailout, and the stimulus?  Because they have nothing to offer except a virulent strain of negativity.

I hope the Democrats retain control of Congress, and continue the excellent, productive, and landmark work they’ve begun.  And I hope the Republicans find something  better to do with themselves – like offer decent policies that provide a real choice for voters.