A Modest Proposal

7 comments November 5th, 2009at 07:24am Posted by Eli

Mike Lux has A Shocking And Impertinent Suggestion for Obama and the Democrats:

In the face of a weak economy, angry voters, and a discouraged Democratic base, Democrats have exactly one chance at surviving the elections a year from now: deliver the goods. You ran on change in 2008, and voters don’t feel like things have changed enough. You ran on taking on the powerful special interests and they still have too much power. You can’t afford to get even more cautious, to change things even less, to take on the powerful not so much. We need health care reform that checks the power of the big insurers, and banking policy that ends the overwhelming power of the big banks. We need to produce good jobs now, and not wait for the trickle down policy of waiting for the banks to someday lend to business which will someday hire workers.

….We are going to need to craft a strategy for winning that is based on deserving to win because we delivered important, tangible things that mattered to voters, things that make angry voters understand that we share their anger and are doing something to change things so their lives will be better, and things that help Democratic base voters feel like it is worth voting again.

Now is the time for Democrats to stop listening to the whiners who counsel go slow and be cautious on change, and to deliver on the change they so boldly promised.

If America wanted More Of The Same, it would have voted for McCain and the Republicans.  It didn’t.  So do what you were elected to do, or you will suffer the consequences from a bitterly disappointed and betrayed electorate.  The Bush administration thought it could paper over its failures with happy talk too – that worked just long enough to squeak out a narrow re-election just before plummeting to Nixonian approval levels.  But maybe you stopped listening after “worked just long enough to squeak out a narrow re-election”.

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Obama,Politics


  • 1. Ruth  |  November 5th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Wishful thinking. If all it took were ‘doing it’, and there were not a long-standing body of political opponents hacking away at the gains the Dems could use to serve a public they have lived off for this long, it would be done already. The holds on presidential appointments are still in place, you know, leaving much of the executive branch staffed with Liberty U. grads who can’t get jobs anywhere else after the damage they’ve done.

  • 2. Eli  |  November 5th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I think they can do a hell of a lot more than they’re doing. I see a lot of cautious weaklings with no political will, and Obama is their king.

    Dubya and his Republican Congress had far less favorable numbers, but they got everything they wanted except for Social Security privatization.

  • 3. Eli  |  November 5th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Meant to add, …and the voters see the same thing.

  • 4. Multi Medium » Anot&hellip  |  November 5th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    […] while the American people voted for Obama and the Democrats because they wanted change, the GOP is increasingly convinced that they lost because they just weren’t crazy enough: On a […]

  • 5. Cujo359  |  November 9th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Harry Reid was perfectly OK with ignoring Chris Dodd’s hold on the telecom legislation last year. He could ignore the holds on these appointments. Since he hasn’t, I conclude that he doesn’t want those holds to end.

    As for Obama, are you really going to blame his administration’s conscious decisions to continue the rendition policies and not investigate our government’s use of torture on a few Bush appointees?

    The excuses for this behavior just get thinner over time.

  • 6. Eli  |  November 9th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Don’t look at me. I have yet to see any signs that Obama is genuinely committed to any progressive policies. He seems perfectly content with half-measures at best, and more of the same at worst.

    If Congress happens to hand him a progressive bill, he’ll be happy to sign it and take credit for it, but he’s not going to stick his neck out or expend political capital to get there.

  • 7. Eli  |  November 9th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    (I guess that wasn’t really directed at me, but reading comprehension kinda suffers when one is on a hurry and on one’s phone. But I still stand by my statement. And I also don’t believe that Dubya’s career appointees are secretly still calling the shots in the DOJ or elsewhere, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still want them diluted or gone.)

Contact Eli



Most Recent Posts




November 2009
« Oct   Dec »

Thinking Blogger

Pittsburgh Webloggers

Site Meter

View My Stats *