The weather has been cold in Central North Carolina but a chill of a different sort begain blowing south from the Boston area on Tuesday night. Bob Etheridge, David Price, and Brad Miller — our area’s happy trio of Democratic House Members who have been obediently voting for the Obama agenda — should be feeling the frigid air the most.
The chill emanates from Republican Scott Brown’s defeat of Martha Coakley in the U.S. Senate race — an event that signaled a collective thumbs down of everything Congress and President Obama have been doing the past year. If you think the race was about the candidates themselves, consider the fact that Scott Brown took every opportunity to blast the president’s core actions on the economy, national security, and especially health care.
The president himself made a last-minute trip to Massachusetts and spent most of his speech telling the electorate they needed to vote for Martha so he could continue his agenda.
For Messrs. Etheridge, Price, and Miller, there is no way of distancing themselves from the same policies that Martha Coakley endorsed — since they have been voting in favor of them since last January. Therefore, a logical question: if Massachusetts voters — historically much more supportive of liberal policies than North Carolina voters — reject the rank and file Democratic candidate, why wouldn’t we in the Triangle area do the same?
As I’ve said before, we have to stop complaining about Washington’s overreach, about how out of touch and corrupt Congress is, and even about how excessive Barack Obama’s policies are. These things are all true, but they are only enabled by the people we send to Washington. And Messrs. Etheridge, Price, and Miller have enabled all of what we find distasteful about our government.
Example: Bob Etheridge last week announced his introduction of a bill to provide tax credits for businesses that hire new workers. This idea is as old and about as useful as vinyl records, and coming from Mr. Etheridge is disingenuous in the extreme. Mr. Etheridge is a supporter of both cap and tax environmental regulation and the House version of the health care “reform” bill, both of which passed the House last year and impose new costs and taxes on businesses that would far outstrip any tax benefit from hiring new employees.
Besides, please show me a business owner willing to hire a full time employee for a one-time benefit of a few thousand dollars and I will show you a very unsuccessful business owner.
It is time for the well-educated people of the Raleigh-Durham area to wake up and see what their collective votes have wrought just since the last election in November 2008 — a suddenly intrusive, confiscatory and over-spending Congress. Worse, the go-along positions of Messrs. Etheridge, Price, and Miller seem to signal greater allegiance to Nancy Pelosi than to the people of North Carolina.