Friday, April 12, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Dear Mr President:Why, why, why does Obama continue to think if he cuts vital programs which are popular throughout the country that the Republicans will play nice? Why does he make concessions before negotiations even begin? I'm exhausted from having to goad a Democratic president and Democratic legislators to do what progressives elected them to do.
After reading your budget plan, I'm wondering why I supported you. For one thing there is no link, nor should there be in the talking points about Social Security and Medicare. The fix for Social Security is simple: lift the cap.
True, Medicare will eventually need to be addressed, but let's keep the two separate. They are two different programs and are funded differently.
Do you really think Republicans will suddenly become serious because you offer them cuts in two of the most popular programs of the federal government? They will not, and they will find a way to use the offers against you.
Please stop worrying about possible future Republican presidents and concentrate on governing now. You are the president now, and you need to do the right thing by the people who supported you.
Thank you for your attention.
My next effort was to call Mary Landrieu's office to appeal to her to vote for background checks for those who purchase firearms. When I asked what was her position, I was told she had not made up her mind on whether to vote for the bill or not. I left the message with the staff member that I couldn't understand her hesitation. The background checks are not even comprehensive, as the law will not apply to private sales. Why is her support of the measure even in question? Yes, I know the senator will be up for reelection in 2014, and she may have a tough fight ahead, but sometimes getting reelected should not be the top priority. Sometimes you just do the right thing.
Come on, Democrats, throw me a bone. Show me that I don't waste my efforts in supporting and voting for Democratic candidates.
UPDATE: Post edited to remove the inaccurate report from "The Raw Story" that Mary Landrieu voted against ending the filibuster. The two Democratic senators who voted against are Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.). I am pleased to make the correction.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Excellent column by Paul Krugman in the New York Times.
The important thing to understand now is that while the election is over, the class war isn’t. The same people who bet big on Mr. Romney, and lost, are now trying to win by stealth — in the name of fiscal responsibility — the ground they failed to gain in an open election.President Obama and congressional Democrats hold the cards since the election. Let's hope they play the game to the advantage of the great majority of the citizens of the country. Keep in mind that the fiscal cliff is not that at all, but is rather a fiscal incline, and, if it comes to that, the slide down the incline will play a lot worse for Republicans than for Democrats.
Consider, as a prime example, the push to raise the retirement age, the age of eligibility for Medicare, or both. This is only reasonable, we’re told — after all, life expectancy has risen, so shouldn’t we all retire later? In reality, however, it would be a hugely regressive policy change, imposing severe burdens on lower- and middle-income Americans while barely affecting the wealthy. Why? First of all, the increase in life expectancy is concentrated among the affluent; why should janitors have to retire later because lawyers are living longer? Second, both Social Security and Medicare are much more important, relative to income, to less-affluent Americans, so delaying their availability would be a far more severe hit to ordinary families than to the top 1 percent.
Note to Mr President and Congressional Democrats: Hold the line! (You don't need to tell me; I know I'm mixing metaphors.)
As for Thelma and Louise, they landed safely and moved to Mexico.