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Mr. President, Enough bi-partisanship already!!!



November 13, 2009 – Comments (10)

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.

10 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On November 13, 2009 at 12:52 PM, jesusfreakinco (28.09) wrote:

The problem is the leadership of Congress - Reid, Pelosi, and such are extremists.  Until the Dems gets some better leadership, you're dealing with the fringe of the party that is willing to destroy the economy to push their agenda.

Another problem is that Obama is likely part of the left extreme.

Now this blog has started a wildfire...


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#2) On November 13, 2009 at 1:03 PM, kirkydu (91.26) wrote:

Well freak, more than a few of us think the Republicans and GWB already destroyed the economy, in fact, about 55%.  I will agree, the Dem leaders in Congress aren't helping things, which is why either the President moves to the middle and takes charge or the Congress gets 20-40 new members next fall. 

I hope you are wrong about Obama being super lefty.  I'm pretty sure you are wrong, though I did support Hillary in the primary for some reason.

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#3) On November 13, 2009 at 1:25 PM, jstegma (28.45) wrote:

Great post.  I'm sorry you were fooled into voting for him, but I'm glad you are thinking critically about what he's doing in office.  You are right that Obama needs to try to govern more from the center.  Most Americans are fairly centrist when it comes down to it.  The far right and far left are just a lot noisier.  



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#4) On November 13, 2009 at 1:28 PM, kirkydu (91.26) wrote:

Hey, I worked for McCain in 2000, but he was just way past it this time and made the huge mistake of courting the far right instead of mavericking to the middle where he would have at least stood a chance.  I wasn't fooled, I was forced to take a choice that wasn't in my top 2 and Obama was the least like Bush and better than McCain, imho.

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#5) On November 13, 2009 at 1:42 PM, bcnu6 (30.00) wrote:

President Obama needs to remember the lessons of the Carter presidency -- being nice, thoughtful, wise, and all other "good" characteristics, is not enough to be viewed as successful as president. 

I do not think Obama necessarily needs to go to the political middle, but he needs to develop a set of clear and realistic objectives, make his goals clear, and then do whatever is needed to achieve them.  I see his problem as one of leadership -- people cannot follow a leader who meanders seemingly aimlessly.  He need not follow the Karl Rove/GWB model of despotism, and should solicit input from diverse sources, but he certainly gives the appearance of being indecisive. 

The time may be quickly approaching when Rahm Emanuel needs to be replaced by a Chief of Staff who can better direct the decision making process. 

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#6) On November 13, 2009 at 2:42 PM, devoish (64.87) wrote:

JMHO and all that but a strong EPA, regulation of health insurers and changing the tax code to benefit altermative or renewable energy is pretty far to the left of the "blue dog Democrats".

No way would that the be moving to the "center".

And I agree that most Americans would like to see those things happen.


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#7) On November 13, 2009 at 3:11 PM, devoish (64.87) wrote:

I would also like to point out that once upon a time, the Republican party was so far left of where they are now, that Republican Presidents Roosevelt and Taft were breaking up monopolies.

Of course, that seems like a hundred years ago.

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#8) On November 13, 2009 at 3:41 PM, vriguy (61.73) wrote:

Obama needs to stop trying to be all things to all people.  Right now we need some good pragmatic solutions, and you suggested some in your article. I voted for Obama thinking that he had both the temperament and the brains that his predecessor lacked.  He's shown only the former so far.

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#9) On November 19, 2009 at 5:56 PM, USNHR (29.88) wrote:

Obama is a narcissistic whiner. Why anyone believes he will do anything is beyond me. 

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#10) On November 21, 2009 at 11:22 AM, kirkydu (91.26) wrote:


Well, he's no George W. Bush, so that's a start.  The fact that he recognizes all the stupid and corrupt things done by the Bush/Cheney Co. is another feather. 

Will The President help get things fixed?  Some of it for sure is already getting a little better.  However, I think the bulk depends on whether he can get Congress to stop being crooks and morons.  Frankly, I think that is up to us next fall.  We need to vote out a lot of people.  Let's start with everybody who voted in favor of Gramm-Leach-Bliley.  That would be a double positive, getting rid of career politicians and people too stupid to avoid voting for the collapse of the finanical system.

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