Obama needs to call their bluff

New polls show a growing number of Americans are worried about growing deficits and debt. The former president has added his voice to the noise, the GOP is using this deficit tactic to court Independents who pretty much stay out of social issues but take fiscal issues seriously.

Health care reform is jeopardized and this is important.

President Obama needs to call their bluff!

I have confidence that most Americans are intelligent adults and will listen when issues are explained. Who knows? If bush the lesser had been able to communicate we may have been able to understand some of his motives. A leader is a person who both makes and explains the hard decisions and actions that are necessary for the common good. Americans are capable of understanding and even appreciate being respected and having our interests acknowledged — whether we agree or not.

First, Obama must explain that Uncle Sam has to spend until we’re past the worst of this recession which nearly reached depression status. Our economy isn’t healthy enough to really do anything about deficits yet. He must make the honest case for temporarily running high deficits to rescue our future. He has to lay out the reasons the deficits will get us past the worst and back to financial safety. He must acknowledge the cure isn’t instantaneous. He must explain rising unemployment rates, and what he is doing to address those rates. He has to state the goals that will lead us to stability and allow growth to resume. He must go on the offensive and speak directly to the American people with an honest plan and achievable goals. We will understand and it will take the wind out of those who have NO PLAN.

He has to call their bluff, involve the American people once again and as often as necessary to take the steam out of this issue. This can’t be a one-time interaction, but the beginning of a conversation that points out this is my plan, then updates the progress and / or adjustments to the plan — all the while (maybe silently) pointing out detractors have no plan, and aren’t part of the solutions.

Most Americans will be ready to support the team with a solution over those who simply have criticisms. Something does beat nothing every time!

fnord

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16 responses to “Obama needs to call their bluff

  1. Half-measures will avail us nothing.
    I think it is Paul Krugman who says that the only thing wrong with Obama’s plan is it need to spend twice as much.
    We need to take on this monster (including K street) with the same fervor we had in WW2.

    Half-measures will avail us nothing.

  2. Part of what I think makes Obama the man for the time is that he doesn’t talk to the country like we are idiots. He can sway opinions by presenting his case. His predecessor had no shot at ever doing that.

  3. Some stat’s you all might be interested showing how bad the Republican’s are doing right now are at the following site:

    http://wvablue.com/diary/4630/people-really-like-barack-obama-hate-republicans

  4. Wow. Sucks to be GOP right now.
    They’re jumping ship like rats in a fire!

  5. Hi Freedom Thinker, and thanks for sharing those figures. I still want President Obama to address this issue because we just can’t have health care reform endangered — it’s needed by everyone (even those stupid enough NOT to know it).

  6. Freedom Thinker, here in Kansas we’re in a sea of red as red Republicans. There aren’t many rational people in our state — we love hearing news from the outside. 😉

    • Ha! Well, I’m in a sea of blue and there aren’t many rational people in my state. 😉

      WV only went for a Republican because our dwindling lively hood is dependent upon coal.

      We’re still an extremely liberal state and as such the liberals that went for Obama love to gloat. I won’t be surprised if he picks up WV in his next go around. Even though I think he’s a one term President.

      • By the next go around if President Obama hasn’t successfully put our economy (at least) on a firm road to recovery, I agree he will be a one-term president. I think he is making the tough decisions as true leaders do. If bush the lesser had began doing something before his last months in office we wouldn’t be in as dire straits as we are. bush truly hoped the recession that began in December of 2007 could be kept secret, the books cooked long enough for him to get outta Dodge before it was official. Of course, most Americans were well aware long before he was finally forced to admit it, and long before the recession became official.

  7. Bad Biker

    If nothing else, Barack Obama has a finely tuned political ear and he has a pit bull of a Chief of Staff in Emanuel. Barack could sell water to a drowning man. He will do the right thing.

  8. oh! the near death of the republican party.
    if only granpa could have lived to see it….
    (sniffle)

  9. wicked

    I’m about to have my name removed from MoveOn. Got a phone call, asking me to pledge $25 a month for the clearn energy drive. Or at least I think that was it. I get countless emails from them asking me for $$. I told the guy I didn’t have it. He asks could I pledge a little less, like $10. I explained that my income at present is…stagnant. (Stinky is a better term this week. LOL) He kept insisting that I could find a little each month. I said I gave before the election when I had it to give. I don’t have it now. He persisted. I finally told him, “Look, I’ve given you 3 no’s and I’m hanging up. Don’t call me again.”

    Yeah, when they get to the point of badgering, they’re done in my book.

    Doesn’t matter what Obama says, the wingnuts will twist it to be something else.

    Healthcare reform is a MUST. Stop dicking around! (Sorry for the language, but I’m PO’d.)