I'm a Democrat who voted for Obama who has recently signed up as a Republican. I'm seriously concerned that the country is heading the wrong way. I've also recently moved to California and seeing the problems here and how they developed has opened my eyes.
I'm annoyed by both parties now though.
Republicans - I cannot understand why you support extending the Bush tax cuts, but not the recent payroll one set up by Obama last year that helps middle and lower income earners.
I would think that you have to go one way or the other here. If you don't think the tax cuts work - don't extend any of them. If you do think they work, extend all of them.
But picking out the one middle class tax cut as the one not to extend seems like political insanity. I certainly don't get it. I'm OK with all or nothing depending on what you think is best for the country, but not something in between. Isn't this somewhere that you can compromise with the president and pick up some credibility for being level headed along the way?
If you want to win an election do you seriously think people are going to vote for a party that fails to extend the middle class tax break, but supports the wealthy tax breaks? You're losing me here.
Democrats - if Obama is really trying to help create jobs, why did he make the speech he did today? It was all political. He sounds like he doesn't like successful people and it really annoys me where he talks about people not paying their fair share when half the country pays nothing. I'm right in the middle, not rich, but a taxpayer and I don't like how he talks about people who are doing well. Sure ask for changes, but not in that tone of voice.
Obama knows perfectly well that the Republicans are going to have a tough time with the tax issue, so why present it this way? Both parties seem to agree that revenue could be increased by simplifying and modifying the tax code, so why didn't he take this angle if he really cares about jobs as it's one both parties could work on?
I didn't love his plan in the first place, but there were parts that were good. Why can't both parties actually try to make the good parts work (I like the one where unemployed people get jobs that the government pays for temporarily to gain recent experience and in hopes of it turning into the real deal), get rid of the giveaways to the states who need to and are solving their own problems, try to make the cost of creating each job lower and have a sensible plan to pay for it.
Honestly do we really have to wait until after an election to work on a decent jobs plan? People are hurting!