DAVID ROSMAN: Democrats need to do a better job of selling themselves

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | 1:55 p.m. CDT

This is a story of political cognitive-dissidence. About the 2010 battle between those who are timid and those who scream; those that seek change and those who fight to keep the status quo.

Abortion and guns have taken a second seat in this election cycle. James Carville’s 1992 battle cry, “It’s the economy, stupid,” has come back strong. It is about jobs, deficits, and the impossible demand for instant results.

The tea party members scream about what is “wrong.” Their radio talk-show brethren scream loudly, with great passion and with misinformation. Yet, the Republicans, tea party members and neocons have provided no solutions that would resolve “the troubles.” We only hear, “Let’s go back to the old ways.” Time is linear and unidirectional. We cannot go back. If we stay where we are, America will slowly die. We must move forward and aggressively. Yet …

Americans dislike change. We have a routine, a comfort zone and are reluctant to transformation. But, if the “old ways” did not work then, why should they work now? Much of what we hear is twisted logic that “sounds right” as long as you don’t ask questions. Ask and listen to the answers – carefully.

Are the Democrats and liberals anti-business? Are they taxing and restricting free enterprise with regulations? A Democratic Congress just passed the “Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010,” opposed by the Republicans. reported that, “included (in HR 5297) is a new… $30 billion Treasury-backed credit facility to boost business lending by smaller community banks, and the Small Business Administration’s own loan limits are expanded significantly."

“Among the tax provisions, a generous bonus depreciation provision is worth as much as $40 billion over the next two years, and to attract investors, the bill promises a temporary 100 percent exclusion from capital gains taxes for stock acquired after enactment and held for more than five years.”

The bill passed Congress on a straight party-line vote. That is $70 billion for small business and investors, brought to you by a Democratic Congress, and signed by the Democratic President. Not Republicans, neocons or the tea party.

So, which party is anti-business?

Next, the Washington Post reported that, “Senate Republicans on Tuesday (Sept. 28) blocked a Democratic plan to encourage companies to bring jobs back from overseas, as a united GOP caucus voted against a motion to debate the measure on the Senate floor.” It continued by stating that, “groups strongly opposed the measure, (say) it would hamper their efforts to compete in foreign markets.”

No, it won’t. We will have more and higher quality products to sell, and with more products to sell, we will have more jobs and a lower trade imbalance. Where is their logic here?

The Republicans are afraid to debate the issue to bring jobs back to America. They killed the bill in committee because it cost too much. With a 9.6 percent unemployment rate, are the Republicans too cheap to put Americans back to work?

So, which party is anti-labor?

The Great Depression of 1929 did not see an immediate job recovery. Hoover had two years with no results. Recovery began when Democrat Franklyn Roosevelt took office. It still took five years, 1934, before unemployment began to drop. The conservatives had the same arguments then as they do now, “We want it, we want it now and we don’t want to pay for it.”

I have heard little from the Democrats. A great victory, a great loss and no stand-out commentary from the leaders. Those who opposed to the the tea party, Republicans and neo-conservatives are screaming. Which wheel will be heard?

It is time that the Democrats, progressives and liberals get off their collective butts and scream, “We are pro-business and pro-labor. We want to tax the wealthiest 2 percent of the population by a meager increase of 2 to 3 percent, and cut taxes for 98 percent of the American citizens. We want a future for your kids.”

The Democrats must get louder so the truth can be heard over the repugnant mindless dribble that is the propaganda of the right. As I tell my speech students, Democrats need to use their voice and project. Be heard or die.

David Rosman is an award-winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in communications, ethics, business and politics. You can read more of David’s commentaries at and New York Journal of Books.

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Ellis Smith October 2, 2010 | 7:01 a.m.

Marketing 101:

If you intend to sell something it is always preferable to have a product that someone wants to buy.

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Ray Shapiro October 25, 2010 | 10:44 p.m.

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Marina Shane October 25, 2010 | 11:11 p.m.

In the column, David Rosman said:
The tea party members scream about what is “wrong.” Their radio talk-show brethren scream loudly, with great passion and with misinformation. Yet, the Republicans, tea party members and neocons have provided no solutions that would resolve “the troubles.” .
All the mis-information, and hateful speech in the meia has really rutned me off from the Republican & Tea Party movement. I've voted predominently Republican in my lifetime.... now I feel like a woman without a party. IMHO...Neither the Republican nor the Democrat party deserve my vote these days. I'm truly an independant voter now. I believe there are many people like me that feel the same.
There are grey areas to many issues, but we need ethics in politics.

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