Dear Mr. President-
It’s been a while since you heard from me – in case you forgot, I’m one of the 69,456,897 who voted for you 3+ years ago. Like many others, I bought into “Change You Can Believe In” hook, line, and sinker. But that change thing isn’t working out the way we thought it would. There’s a serious problem going on in this country and you may not even be aware of how bad it is or how many people are affected. We need jobs. People are out of work. Families are hurting. Children are hungry. Joblessness has created homelessness. The economy is in a crash and burn mode, and none of us see anybody inside the Beltway offering real, tangible solutions that will make things better.
So here’s a little advice:
You need to define your presidency by putting people back to work. Don’t wait until after November when you’ve had your one on one with the gun-slinging capitalist out of Massachusetts. Do something about creating real jobs now.
Bush the 1st once spoke about “that vision thing” and we all know how his re-election worked out, but you need to get to work on “that job thing” right away. There’s a lot of talk from Washington about putting people back to work – a lot of back slapping at your own campaign site about tax incentives for small businesses and tax breaks for clean energy. Investments in manufacturing technologies and patent reform that will bring inventions to market faster. Seriously? That’s it? That’s the sum total of our economic solutions and remedies? Show that to the guy who just ran out of unemployment benefits after 99 weeks – the same guy who is over-qualified for most jobs he applies to and is unsure which way to turn next. The guy who is looking at food stamps and welfare because he’s out of options and out of luck and out of work. I don’t think he really cares about tax breaks – all he wants is a job and a steady paycheck.
That guy can’t take tax incentives to A & P for groceries.
FDR had his New Deal, and from my perspective, things aren’t much different now than they were back in the 1930’s. The New Deal faced vocal conservative opposition. So will anything you choose to do. So what? Do it anyway. Get over to Capital Hill and do some lawmaking on jobs and the economy, and if you have to go all LBJ on the opposition to makes things happen, do it. FDR’s Public Works Administration worked with private companies to build over 30,000 projects like bridges, buildings, tunnels, airports, and roads – we have the same kind of infrastructure and mass transit needs now that we did back then. Give that same out of work guy a hammer, nails, and a paycheck and let him get busy.
We all wanted to believe in the American Dream with the house, lawn, two kid family, and upwardly mobile status. We all want to believe that things are getting better. We all wanted to believe in hope and change. Hope is a good thing but the guy who is out of work and out of benefits can’t take hope down to Chase or Wells Fargo and use it to pay his mortgage.
That bright and shiny future we once believed in is a myth.
It all comes down to jobs. That’s the only solution we can believe in.