Well, according to our good friend Perry, not yet, and probably not ever:
This is interesting, but not unexpected:
This result is indicative of the job creation crisis, caused by the Republican policies during the Bush years, but blamed on Obama by many of those hit hardest by the lack of jobs. Moreover, the Republicans have no plan to create jobs, only the Ryan Plan (the Cut, Cap, and Balance plan was soundly defeated in the Senate this week) of severe austerity on the American middle and poor, which is sure to yet destroy many more jobs.
So here is the campaign challenge for Obama and the Dems: to set the record straight and turn this perception more toward the facts, highlighting the fact that trickle down economics is not the solution, never has been, and that stimulus creates demand which then creates more jobs. After the GDP growth, phasing in austerity will be needed, without a doubt, but we need to get the economy growing first. Let us not be lulled into making the same mistakes that the UK is making as we speak!
There are more interesting results and charts at this link which pretty well spell out the challenges for the Dems for the 2012 general elections.
The last I had heard, the Democrats won the 2006 and 2008 elections. The Republican Party lost power in both Houses of Congress following the 2006 elections, and the Democrats took majority control. Then, in 2008, the Republicans lost even more seats in Congress, and the presidency reverted to Democratic Party control; for a time the Democrats even had a filibuster-proof majority in the eleventy-first Congress.
And what did the Democrats do? Why, they did their best to actually put their policies into government programs, and into law. Over near-unanimous Republican objections, they passed a sweeping change of our health care system into law, as they promised to do. Over near-unanimous Republican objections, they passed a huge, porcine “stimulus” plan, greatly increasing the annual federal budget deficit and the national debt in the process, claiming that passing it would hold rising unemployment to a maximum of 8%, while not doing so would allow unemployment to rise to 9%. Over near-unanimous Republican objections, they passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which even John Walsh, the Acting Comptroller of the Currency and an Obama Administration appointee recently said would cause a “tsunami” in the mortgage lending industry, with “15 to 20 new mortgage lending requirements in the regulatory pipeline.”
Yet, according to Perry, the Democrats need to keep blaming our economic problems on the Republicans, and need “to set the record straight and turn this perception more toward the facts, highlighting the fact that trickle down economics is not the solution, never has been, and that stimulus creates demand which then creates more jobs.”
Well, the Republicans have been out of power, the Democrats have managed to pass major new financial regulations, and passed a huge stimulus package, yet the “stimulus . . . demand which then creates more jobs” hasn’t created more jobs, and the economy that the Democrats said they would turn around is still anemic, saddled with the ever increasing debt burden the Democrats piled on, and which they are insisting must be increased.
Perry’s answer is that the Democrats must do a better job of selling the strange notion that, after 2½ years in office, President Obama is still responsible for nothing and that it’s all former President George Bush’s fault that things aren’t getting better. Of course, that depends on yet another strange idea: that the economy was under the control of the Republicans when the Republicans held power, and that made things bad, bad, bad, but the economy isn’t under the control of the Democrats when the Democrats hold power, so that’s why the Democrats haven’t made things good, good, good.
The distress for our good Democrat from Delaware is that the public are not buying it. Somehow, some way, they seem to have the idea — pushed by the Democrats as recently as 2008 — that the guys in office right now are the ones responsible for things right now. That’s part of the reason that the voters gave a majority of their votes to the Republicans in 2010, and that’s the reason President Obama is in significant jeopardy of losing his bid for re-election.
President Obama once said that the voters should hold him accountable for high unemployment and a slow economy. Perry seems upset at the fact that the voters have done just that, in 2010, and look like they might just do it again in 2012.