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Debt Commission, Obama's Excuses and Pelosi's reign

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Dear Mark: President Obama's debt commission released a preliminary report on how to reduce the national debt by several trillion dollars. I'm not sure what to think, so I thought I would ask the man who has opinions on everything. — Penny Pincher in Pasadena

Dear Pincher: The preliminary report contains a list of new taxes, spending cuts and tax rates that has left all political sides screaming. My initial reaction is that if all sides are crying, then there must be something good in the commission's suggestions. At first glance, nothing appears sacred — as almost all major government programs are touched by this report, including Social Security, Medicare and defense.

Commission co-chairman Alan Simpson claims the report "harpooned every whale in the ocean and some minnows," but I am more worried about the sharks swimming around the halls of Congress that will mangle this report faster than Jaws can eat a surfer. Let's wait before we pass judgment.

Dear Mark: President Obama is making all kinds of excuses as to why the Democrats suffered major defeats during the midterm elections. His primary excuse is that he failed to communicate his message effectively. Is he totally out of touch? — Amazed and Not Amused

Dear Amazed: The president may not be out of touch so much as he is in denial as to the unpopularity of his policies. Obama blaming his electoral problems on miscommunication is like Oprah Winfrey blaming her clothes dryer for her tight jeans.

In essence, Obama is saying the electorate, who voted out Democrats, does not appreciate how wonderful his policies are. Which specific parts of the president's policies were not communicated effectively?

Was it the Democrats' stimulus package, which wasted billions of dollars and kept unemployment at a staggering 9.6 percent? Maybe it was the absence of "shovel-ready projects" Obama continually crowed about? Better yet, maybe voters didn't understand how their health care premiums increased under Obamacare when the president promised that under his plan health care costs for every family would be reduced by $2,500.

The problem for President Obama is that reality is not matching his rhetoric, and his elitism doesn't let him comprehend reality.

Dear Mark: Nancy Pelosi has announced her intentions to seek the position of minority leader in the House of Representatives. Is she nuts? Doesn't she realize that her leadership will hurt the Democrats in 2012? — Disheartened Dem in Dover

Dear Disheartened: The answer to your first question is yes. The answer to your second question is that Nancy Pelosi, like most politicians, is clueless as to her actual popularity, or in this case unpopularity, outside of her posterior-kissing circle of Bay Area friends. Speaker Pelosi perfectly exemplifies the ego and arrogance that gives politicians a bad name and consequently sent many of her comrades to unemployment lines across the country.

Pelosi is so oblivious to the message voters sent Washington that she had the chutzpah to host a party this week celebrating the accomplishments of the 111th Congress. The speaker rode her wave of "accomplishments" to major Democrat losses in Washington, D.C., numerous governorships and statehouses.

Pelosi might think hosting a party with this theme is cute, but those defeats have given Republicans a distinct advantage with congressional redistricting leaving Democrats and President Obama in even deeper trouble for the 2012 elections.

Personally, the former House speaker's announcement, along with her single-digit approval ratings, is manna from heaven for columnists everywhere. Party on, Madam Speaker.

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Personally, I'm delighted that Pelosi is still leading the House Democrats. She'll continue to remind voters of how radical, socialist, and tone-deaf that her party has become. She hasn't expressed a shred of remorse or reconsideration for how she and her fellow Democrats grossly misread the mandate they were given back in 2006, nor does she recognize that every problem the nation suffered under the Bush presidency or a Republican-led Congress is ten times worse now. I think it's great that the Democrats apparently haven't enough sense to toss their captain overboard. She'll continue to lead them to defeat, which means conservatives and Republicans will grow even stronger in 2012 than they were this year.
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