Short and sweet…
By Jack E. Lohman
My Fellow Americans.
You voted me into office to get things done, and I haven’t yet passed the changes you believe in. I said Yes We Can, and now we will. Things are going to change.
I came to Washington thinking I was going to be president and found out that congress was owned by industry contributors and not by the people of the United States. That will change, I guarantee it.
I’ve made mistakes. I appointed old-time financial gurus to help us out of a mess they helped create. It is the fox guarding the henhouse. Guys that failed in their last job were put into this job, thinking they might do better. They didn’t. Geithner and Summers need a permanent vacation.
Taxpayer money that went to bankers that failed, should have instead been loaned to Main Street. We’re gonna get the money back — including the bonuses — and instead directly fund mortgages and car purchases. If any are left, that is. The cash for clunkers program has likely created a dry market because we used up the buyers that were waiting in the weeds.
But cut me some slack, this is my first year in the job. I’m leaning.
Bipartisanship isn’t going to work. The other side wants only to see my failure, and that’s not what I promised. What you want, they don’t. I can’t work with them, so we’ll go it alone.
First we’ll buy back our congress by passing full public funding of campaigns. If we want politicians working for us they are going to have to be paid by us. It’d be the best $6 per person we ever spent, and we’ll get it back in spades.
Then we’re going to pass the health care reform this country needs, a single-payer Medicare-for-all system. It will be the biggest and best corporate bailout ever, but it will be ALL corporations and not just the bankers and insurers and Big Pharma. Money currently spent on health care will now be spent on jobs.
Yea, I know. $46 million in campaign contributions from the insurance industry in 2008 alone. But that is the tip of the iceberg. Billions more await the politicians in years following if they leave the wasteful industry in the loop. I’ll not let that happen.
And no, we are not going to expand the debt limit for our children. The rich can pull us out of this; the poor cannot. We are going to increase taxes on those making over $250K a year and we’re going to eliminate taxes for corporations that both keep jobs in the states and bring back those we’ve lost.
Republicans and Blue Dogs have a heavy decision to make; it’s either the voters or the industry. Vote your conscience.
We won’t need special interest money to win in 2010 if we do it right today.
Thank you and good day.
Yea, right! That’s the speech he should have given but didn’t. He and the Dems are running only slightly ahead of the R’s in the corruption category. This isn’t about policy or ideology, it’s about bribery and corruption and getting cash donations. This year and next. Obama has proven to be no better than the rest.