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Thursday, July 23, 2009

The President Needs to Up His Game to Win

Hello Papamoka Bloggers! The president's prime-time news conference last night seemed okay on the surface, but most of the early feedback seems to suggest the president has fallen short.

There's no doubt he was informative and extremely competent (a far cry from the way the illiterate George Bush sold his expensive wars and half-ass legislation), but unfortunately that may not be enough when it comes to fighting the evil forces out to kill health care reform.

A billion dollars a year derived from 20% plus profits occupying one-sixth of our GDP can generate some pretty tough opposition - especially when you have greedy Republicans available for purchase.

Instead of a press conference Mr. President, perhaps you should have considered a speech, or a lecture? There is no doubt Americans want health care reform, but most of the current complaints (by reasonable people) are about how the plan will effect them personally, or about how it will add to deficit spending. Those answers would have been helped by more visuals.

We all understand show and tell. Powerpoint? You definitely needed a few visual aids sir.

I feel horrible criticizing a man who I consider one of the smartest and most competent, but tough times call for extreme measures. The only way health care reform will succeed is with the support of the vast majority of Americans - it's the only way to fight the riches of the industry and the greed of the Republicans.

Most Americans need to be hand-held into this reform. Unfortunately, the president didn't reach far enough last night.

Fighting the Republican lies is only possible by educating the people. Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) admitted on CNBC Wednesday that "a desire to prevent the Democratic president from scoring a historical victory with a public health plan accounts for at least 50 percent of the GOP opposition to the plan." Senator Demint called the health care struggle the president's possible "waterloo."

It's clear the Republican opposition is devious. They are the ultimate con artists. They sell expensive wars and legislation (benefiting big business) with barely any opposition, while we are forced to account for every word and every dime. They succeed by lying to their constituents, and to the American people. So, how do you fight that kind of opposition? You do whatever you have to do, that's how.

To the President and Congress

First of all, I think the president and congressional Democrats should do more to point out the Republican past. They should remind Americans who created the debt, who got us into war, who destroyed the economy, who passed expensive corporate legislation, and who has done little to help middle-class Americans over the past thirty years or so. It would remind people who to trust.

Destroying Republican credibility would help undermine their current opposition. We could simply tell the truth!

Second, this reform effort requires every man on deck, including celebrities, scholars, community leaders and activists, or anybody who can help. You're doing a lot Mr. President, but you need more help. Please don't try to go it alone.

Finally, unlike George Bush who encouraged us to "go shopping" during wartime, you should encourage us to hit the streets. We're willing and able to do whatever is necessary. We have your back sir, as long as we have your leadership. Explain until you cannot explain anymore, and use us as necessary. We are ready to do our part.

Michael Boh
Papamoka's Left Coast Contributor
from Our Rants & Raves Blog

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Blogger B.J. said...

We must fight for healthcare reform on many fronts:

•I have listened to both the Democrat and Republican ads here in South Carolina. The Democratic Party ad is upbeat, truthful and states “we must act now.” The GOP ad is spoken in a creepy voice and essentially suggests Obama’s healthcare reform will destroy America. Of the two, the latter gets attention in this state.
•The Repulblicans are selling the “too much, too soon” angle.
•Unfortunately, the “too much, too soon” mentally gripping America is working. I got this latest Gallup info in my inbox (and I trust Gallup): “Almost 6 in 10 Americans (59%) view President Obama’s proposals to address the major problems facing the country as involving too much government spending, and 52% view the proposals as involving too much expansion of government power.”
•The Republicans have the memory span of a gnat. When they were waving their little American flags and cheering Bush, he and the Republican-heavy Congress were spending this nation under the table. And, Cheney was expanding executive powers!

Sorry to be so negative, my friend, but I have had a lot on my mind just wondering why Americans choose not to help themselves. The very persons who need this reform the most are the ones most likely to criticize Obama.

One would think Americans would just get tired of being screwed.



P.S. A version of this same comment was published on Frodo, Keeper of the Ring, where I comment as “Merry of the Fellowship."

6:29 PM  
Blogger B.J. said...

Now today, good odds from Gallup, but still a problem with “too much, too soon:”

“Seven in 10 Americans favor the passage of healthcare reform legislation, but less than half (41%) say a new law needs to be passed this year. About a quarter of Americans (24%) do not favor passing new healthcare legislation at all.”

Why should we let 24 percent outnumber us?


3:12 PM  

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