The Lesson Of The 2010 Election Was Jobs, Not Cuts

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF.
What was the lesson of the 2010 election? Since the election conservatives and the DC opinion elite have been claiming that the public voted for budget cuts. But before the election they ran ad after ad saying Dems cut your Medicare and didn’t provide jobs. Now every single poll shows that the public wants jobs not cuts.
Politico today has one more typical Washington Elite journalism story. Their story, Govs face budget blowback, begins,

“It was supposed to be one of the clearest messages of the 2010 elections: Voters were finally fed up with government spending.”

Politico begins their story with one more example of the gap between the DC Elite and the rest of the country. In the rest of the country we remember that the Republican campaign theme against Democrats was that Democrats were responsible for “Half A Trillion In Cuts To Medicare”.
Who can forget that? Ad after ad after ad after ad after ad blasted out from the TV saying Rep. So-and-so “cut $500 billion from Medicare” and many of those ads also blasted the Democrat because there was no cost-of-living adjustment to Social Security last year. That is just a fact, the Republicans campaigned against cuts.
Here are just a few of the ad barrage Republicans ran before the election:

And voters were sent flyers like this: (click for larger)
Talking Points Memo captured it well today, calling it “Opinion Journalism,”

There’s a feature piece in Politico today that perfectly captures the assumptions most national political reporters, especially at certain publications, bring to the core questions of budgetary politics. The gist of the piece is that ‘we’ all agree that the message of the 2010 election was that the public has decided that government is too big and wants dramatic budget cuts. But now it seems like the governors who are really going whole hog on this — overwhelming Republicans — are getting really unpopular. Ergo, the public isn’t really ready for the “grown-up conversation” about budgets than it seemed they might be.

The public wanted jobs before the election, voted for jobs, wants jobs, needs jobs, demands jobs. End of story.
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