Ah, yes, time to write and mail a letter.
March 27, 2010
To President Obama and my elected representatives,
THANK YOU for sticking with the appalling, exhausting battle for health care. I haven’t seen things get this ugly since the civil rights battles, which is what a lot of this displaced anger and rage is all about anyway. That, and the sad sell-out of Main Street to the insurance industry and big Pharma. But thank your for at least holding enough of the line to enable us to start the process of real reform.
To that end, I would encourage you all to keep pushing. I fully support Congressman Grayson’s bill to allow a “Medicare buy in program” for those who want it. As he has pointed out, taxpayers have already invested enormous sums into a “public option” infrastructure that’s up and running well. Since they’ve already invested in it, they should be able to choose whether they want to join it and pay the buy-in fees. Since “choice” has been the Republican mantra, this should be a no-brainer. I would ask you to support Mr. Grayson’s bill.
I want you to also vote for strong rules and real oversight for Wall Street. If we folks on Main Street had done what those boys have done, (and apparently are continuing to do) we’d all be in jail. Time for the grownups to put some real rules in place. Which means I also support a strong consumer financial protection agency. One with real teeth. Main Street has seen enough foxes being put in charge of chicken coops. And most important, we truly need a very strong carbon tax/ cap & trade program and full support for green technologies. From what I read, China is way ahead of us in that field. China? This is simply not acceptable. We’re now dependent on foreign oil. We don’t need to be dependent on “foreign green technology” as well.
And President Obama, you need to issue an executive order that requires the military to “stand down” on the “don’t ask” policy until the year-long “study” is complete. We can’t afford to continue to lose good soldiers for the next 12 months simply because they’re gay. It’s not only wrong, it’s stupid and wasteful.
I know you’re all exhausted. But now is the time to get ‘r done. John McCain has already made the Republican message clear: NO COOPERATION for the next year, so please don’t waste time seeking bipartisanship. And stop watering down programs and bills until they simply turn into Republican bills only to find that the Republicans had no intention of voting for them in the first place. That’s the sucker-punch strategy of The Republican “Mook’s Game,” which is now clear: Break the President and Make all Democratic Programs Fail. O.K. Understood. Did you get the message? Good.
So, please, please continue to find and show the courage to move ahead and do what’s necessary anyway. Millions of people are depending on you to set so many, many things right.
Again, THANK YOU,
Los Osos, CA 93402