By John David Dyche
Liberal media cannot conceal their glee that Republicans must deal with the bombastic boor, Donald Trump. It is a sad situation if Trump truly appeals to a sizable segment of the GOP base.
Meanwhile, what about that other party? The nation’s top Democrat, President Obama, has largely succeeded in his ultra-liberal policy agenda. The country will suffer for it.
Obama’s biggest domestic and foreign policy accomplishments, Obamacare and the Iran nuclear deal, are both unpopular.
The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows "against/oppose" Obamacare at +6.0 even after the public has had several years to experience the law’s supposed benefits. A recent Pew Research Center poll shows 48 percent disapprove of the Iran deal while only 38 percent approve.
After the disastrous Obamacare roll-out and the abject "if you like your plan you can keep it" lies, sign-ups and reductions of the number uninsured are below estimates, premiums are skyrocketing around the country, and states that expanded Medicaid face frightening costs.
The Iran deal legitimizes the Islamic theocracy as a nuclear state, leaves its nuclear infrastructure intact, does nothing about its missile program, does not provide for anytime/anywhere inspections, lifts economic sanctions, and ends the arms embargo. Iran can expand its global influence and support for terrorism.
Iranians responsible for killing thousands of Americans are rewarded. Americans held prisoner in Iran are not freed.
A nuclear arms race in the Middle East will ensue. Aggressive powers like China, Russia, and ISIS will be emboldened.
Obamacare and the Iran deal are not the only bad news. Hackers stole personal data of 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees from Obama’s Office of Personnel Management – more than four times the number the agency initially acknowledged.
Once outraged by IRS targeting of conservatives, Obama now indignantly says it did not happen. An inspector general report and Lois Lerner’s repeated invocations of the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination say it did.
A record 93,626,000 Americans do not participate in the labor force. The labor force participation rate of 62.6 percent is a 38-year low. Wages are stagnant.
Seven years in, Obama’s administration just reduced its economic growth estimate for this year to 2 percent from an already uninspiring 3 percent. The president’s plan? Higher taxes, bigger government, and more regulations.
Obama harbors big ambitions on climate change and housing patterns. Expect more and more outrageous "executive actions" as the end of his term approaches.
Hillary Clinton remains the prohibitive favorite for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination despite recent polls showing that the public does not consider her honest or trustworthy. Her problem is particularly acute in swing states, where recent polls show her trailing multiple Republicans.
There is little talk of a Democratic debate. Damaged by her duplicity on Benghazi and the e-mails she deleted from her private server, Clinton will barely answer questions. When she does talk her abrasive and evasive manner only hurt her.
The venal Clintons’ dubious financial dealings have finally forced voters to realize that the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative are just cattle futures and Whitewater on a grander scale.
Clinton’s gender remains her biggest selling point. She recently issued her first big policy proposal: a tax increase.
Vermont senator Bernie Sanders – a socialist – draws bigger, more enthusiastic crowds than Clinton does. Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley cravenly apologized to leftist loonies unbelievably agitated by his having dared to say, "All lives matter."
Save for Sanders meekly regretting the "tone," none of these Democrats dares utter a critical peep about the revolting spectacle of wine-sipping, salad-munching, federally-funded Planned Parenthood executives bartering baby parts like butchers in a bazaar.
Even after a thrice-deported illegal shot and killed a young woman the Democratic contenders still solidly support scofflaw "sanctuary cities" like San Francisco. African-American unemployment is outrageous, especially among the young, but Democrats strive to outdo each other in support for even more low-wage immigration.
Closer to home, Kentucky governor Steve Beshear boasts about Kentucky’s economic progress even as the respected Mercatus Center at George Mason University ranks the state 45th for overall fiscal condition, 47th in budget solvency, and 46th in trust fund solvency.
Beshear also brags about the state’s 5.1 percent unemployment rate, but ignores a big contributing factor. Kentucky’s labor force is considerably smaller than it was when he took office.
The Democratic governor talks about tax reform, but has done nothing to bring it about. His comments suggesting that a 2013 law somehow fixed the state’s grossly underfunded public pensions are delusional.
Debt-loving Democrats in the General Assembly yearn to borrow $3.3 billion for the endangered Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System. Pension obligation bonds would let legislators contribute less and free up funds for other uses, but are a risky scheme for taxpayers who could be left holding the bag if the market tanks.
Locally, Democratic mayor of Louisville Greg Fischer, best known for bike lanes, has a violent crime problem on his hands. In January he released a plan to reduce violent crime, which spiked last year, but homicide numbers keep soaring.
Republicans will overcome Trump. The real question is whether our country, state, and city can survive Democrats in the meantime.
(John David Dyche is a Louisville attorney and a political commentator for WDRB.com. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jddyche.)
Copyright 2015 by WDRB News. All rights reserved.