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Beyond a Great Victory for Democracy!

The Tea Party was soundly rejected today. This victory provides the chance to show the positive contribution smart Government can make to building a strong economy around a strong middle class.

America rejected the Tea Party today.   Half a dozen GOP senator seats went democratic.    NH went all blue:  the presidency, the governorship and the house.  

America rejected the Tea Parth Libertarian utopia and minimalist anti-tax radical government philosophy.   Now its up to the president  to  demonstrate that he can do more then  bring America back from the economic brink.   That he can build a strong economy and a strong nation based on a strong middle class. 

Bill Clinton did it.  Kennedy did it.   Truman did it.  Roosevelt did it.   But making Government work in 2012 will require continued change and innovation by the Obama administration.  

The big challenge is to make government work more effectively.   And that requires a continued willingness to use the best ideas from anywhere: new democrats, compassionate conservatives, international competitors in Europe and Asia.  

Growth and a balanced budget requires a fairer tax system.  That  can be realized with a lot less pumping around of money, by limiting deductions for the higher income earners.

Smart government requires more effective “results based” regulations, rather than the  detailed operational descriptions that dominated  recent laws.   There needs to be more focus on promoting competition and limiting “too big to fail” companies  and less on bureaucratic control.  That is especially true for the financial sector, where the regulated control the regulators instead of the other way round. 

We need smarter solutions.  It worked in the 90s.  We can do it again.    

Better high schools requires more power to teachers, more parent choice and less bureaucratic control.   Better charter schools systems are a critical component of that. 

Improving our universities in a truly international educational market requires new thinking about student loans

Lots of practical things need to be done on reducing administrative burdens of health care, taxes, business family affairs.  We need to move from paper based records to on-line services that serve our citizens better, cut government costs and enable more information based policy.  Its necessary, but also boring, wonky stuff. 

Creating smarter government requires going back to the hard work of Al Gore's partnership for reinventing government.   Improving the delivery of government services is going to be critical.  And the best democratic, republican and international ideas need to be used if the US wants to remain the most competitive economy in the world.   Obama can do that now! 

The federal government represents between 17 and 25% of the national economy.   We can only be successful if we  make sure that government supports our economy.  That it doesn't slow it down.  Ever.  The democratic party has done it before and knows what to do.  It already set the right objectives. Now we need to bring together the means and coalitions that will make smarter and better Government happen.

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Atlant November 07, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Thank you, Toni!
Jack W November 09, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Correction: The government sucks 17-25% from the economy. Socialists get the wrong all the time.
Super Fun Size November 09, 2012 at 04:03 PM
If you don't care to fund our National interests, maybe you should find a cheaper nation.
Robert B Butts November 09, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Jack W. Time to learn about Socialism so you can start using the word accurately. Your party will eventually figure out that people like you need to be thrown out before they regain any credibility.
Jack W November 09, 2012 at 04:47 PM
@ Robert Butts Time for you to stop being an ignorant fool.
Robert B Butts November 09, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Says the poster who refuses to learn what socialism is.
Jack W November 09, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Says the Butthead who has very little actual education.
Robert B Butts November 09, 2012 at 05:43 PM
You can't even score a point in a comments section flame war. You're embarrassing yourself now.
Toni M. Publius November 09, 2012 at 08:13 PM
"sucking' from the economy suggests some kind of economically irrelevant black hole. Without national defense spending 5% (incl. paying veterans which seems fair) we would expose our international trade to the whims of any crazy dictator. Security is the first requirement for economic development. National pensions and health take another 8% - you can discuss how efficient this is but you would have to replace it with something else if you cut it. Infrastructure, education, science take less then 2% of the federal budget, which is about what a company would spend on its R&D. The biggest discussion is all about the rest social safety net and especially interest costs. All together about 4% in " transfers/redistribution" from the richer to poorer Americans and (in the case of interest visa versa). Controlling interest is going to be the big issue for the coming years, first by controlling the size of the deficit, second by controlling inflation rates and third by controlling our credit rating. Exploding interest payments is killing southern Europe after Berlusconi and other right wing crony capitalists. .

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