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Dems, GOP enter 2014 out of sync with America

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It appears the inmates are running the asylum in both major parties, based on what's being planned by Democrats and Republicans for 2014. Okay, not the inmates, but it must be folks who can't see beyond the Hudson or the Potomac.

As the Washington Examiner's Brian Hughes reports this morning, a lot of Democrats think newly elected New York Mayor Bill de Blasio -- the progressives' progressive -- points the way for their party nationally.

"Some Democrats say taking de Blasio’s message nationally would be an effective political tool. They say the party would appear more in tune with the plight of the working poor, while tapping into public frustration over soaring compensation for the wealthiest Americans," Hughes reports.

GOP surrenders spending issue

Meanwhile, on the Republican side, congressional leaders reportedly plan to "to unveil a giant spending bill next week that staff for appropriators have been preparing on a near daily basis throughout the holiday break," according to The Hill.

"Aides say progress on the $1 trillion, 12-part omnibus legislation has been better than expected at the subcommittee level, and that their goal remains to pass the bill through both chambers by Jan. 16 to prevent a government shutdown."

In other words, GOP leaders want to get the spending issue off the table as early as possible, so they can concentrate all their fire on winning the 2014 election.

So out of touch

Here's the essential context for these moves: Seventy-two percent of Americans -- including a majority of Democrats and huge majorities of Republicans and Independents -- view Big Government as the biggest threat facing the nation, according to a Gallup poll.

That's why Obamacare is a political catastrophe for Democrats. As bad as the program's first three months were in 2013, 2014 will be worse, with endless horror stories about people losing their health insurance, losing their doctors and losing their money.

That's not a positive backdrop for Democrats to step into while proposing even more massive Big Government programs aimed at redistributing income by expanding entitlement spending and hiking taxes.

Neither are the Gallup poll nor the Obamacare nightmare positive backdrops for GOP leaders arguing that now isn't the time to demand less government spending and regulation.

This staggering inability of Democrats and Republicans to stop their respective versions of business-as-usual in Washington will hurt both come November.

On today's washingtonexaminer.com

Editorial: Obamacare is good for AARP but not for its members.

Veronique de Rugy: Spending-cut resolutions the government can keep in the new year.

Philip Klein: Focusing on an inflation-adjusted minimum wage is misguided.

Ron Arnold: Learning a conservation lesson for the U.S. in Africa.

Susan Crabtree: House GOP targets Obamacare security risks.

In other news

The Washington Post: Code-cracking quantum computer is NSA goal.

CBS News: Cheerios to be non-GMO breakfast of champions.

The New York Times: Al Qaeda-aligned militants threaten key Iraqi cities.

USA Today: Rescue ship itself may be trouble in Antarctic ice.

Los Angeles Times: North Dakota blast revives trains vs pipeline debate.

New York Daily News: New York City cops, firemen suspected of scamming Social Security.

Righty Playbook

The Weekly Standard: Wrong again on Benghazi.

National Review Online: A Duck Dynasty election or an Obamacare election?

The American Conservative: Rise of the Bronies.

Bonus must-read

The Wall Street Journal: The President vs the Senate.

Lefty Playbook

Talking Points Memo: Ford declares he's Toronto's greatest mayor ever.

The American Prospect: Two America's will be 2014's defining trend.

The New Republic: Please, liberals, stop abusing "A Tale of Two Cities."

Bonus must-read

Mother Jones: Actor Mark Ruffalo wants you to imagine a 100 percent clean-energy future.

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Mark Tapscott

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