Mr. President, Enough bi-partisanship already!!!
Dear President Obama,
While I am one that voted for you, I am getting a little frustrated. I don't think you have done anything particularly wrong, but neither do I think you have done anything particularly right. Thing is, as long as this administration is so damn nice about letting the political process be the political process, nothing will get done because as we have seen- and yes we have all seen it- both parties are playing politics. It is time to be above that. Frankly, it's time to kick a little ass.
Here's my very simple request. Work with the centrists. More than half of Congress is either Blue Dog types or moderate Republicans. Tell the extremists in both parties to shut up, or at least ignore them. Govern to the middle. That's where the people who elected you are you know. It wasn't the far left that elected you. It was the middle who had grown very tired of George W. Bush.
If you just push and sign a healthcare bill that controls fraud and administrative costs, gets rid of pre-exisiting clauses, has a simple way for small business and low income employed to afford healthcare (how about a direct tax credit for premiums) and some costs directed towards those those who choose to go without coverage (i.e. the free riders who wait until they are sick to get coverage) or companies that don't provide coverage most of us will be mostly happy. I'm sure Congress can turn that sentence into a 1000 pages, but it doesn't really have to.
If you just give the EPA some more manpower to enforce the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts we can clean the environment and create some jobs with companies that do the clean up. Pretty sure you barely need Congress for this one.
If you just give alternative energy the same tax incentives that drillers get and mandate clean-up by polluters (or levy profit eating fines on those companies that don't clean up) we'll see better energy security and more jobs- both in alternative energy and for clean up companies (while I don't want everybody to work for Veolia and Waste Management, I'm invested in one of them, so it wouldn't bother me if they did a little better).
If you'd just push then sign a bill that builds a smart power grid, some roads, bridges and water reclamation plants in the major cities we'd get a big hunk of the 15 million jobs we need in a few years.
All the things I mention I think can be worked around the 60 vote rule in the Senate by making them appropriation's bills. Since it has to do with money for the most part, I'm good with that slight of hand.
Come on Barack, just du it.