Dear President Obama,

I really enjoyed your State of the Union Address tonight. We supporters will hold you to your declarations.

As long as I’m president, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.

You better. Because you will meet obstruction every step of the way, as you have since the beginning. You are dealing with a Congress whose number one goal is NOT jobs, but to make sure you don’t get a second term. If you stumble on something like the debt ceiling debacle again, use the power you’re given (like the 14th amendment)!

That’s why I’m sending this Congress a plan that gives every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgage, by refinancing at historically low interest rates. No more red tape. No more runaround from the banks. A small fee on the largest financial institutions will ensure that it won’t add to the deficit, and will give banks that were rescued by taxpayers a chance to repay a deficit of trust.

This is what should have happened in January 2009. However, if I see this actually happen, I’ll give you a “better late than never” pass.

Right now, our most immediate priority is stopping a tax hike on 160 million working Americans while the recovery is still fragile. People cannot afford losing $40 out of each paycheck this year. There are plenty of ways to get this done. So let’s agree right here, right now: No side issues. No drama. Pass the payroll tax cut without delay.

There will be drama and delay. But please, push for this. Don’t you find it strange that those who are all about tax breaks for the wealthiest have no problem taxing us little people?

On the other hand, if you make under $250,000 a year, like 98 percent of American families, your taxes shouldn’t go up. You’re the ones struggling with rising costs and stagnant wages. You’re the ones who need relief.

And we’re the ones who will stimulate this economy. Less money in the paycheck means less money to spend. We regular people, many of whom are struggling, are the ones that can revive this economy.

When Americans talk about folks like me paying my fair share of taxes, it’s not because they envy the rich. It’s because they understand that when I get tax breaks I don’t need and the country can’t afford, it either adds to the deficit, or somebody else has to make up the difference — like a senior on a fixed income; or a student trying to get through school; or a family trying to make ends meet. That’s not right. Americans know it’s not right.

Yes. The emphasis is on fair. We little people get taxed at a certain rate. And then someone like Mittens can magically turn his income tax rate into a capital gains tax rate, which, of course, is substantially less? That is neither fair nor right.

Finally, none of these reforms can happen unless we also lower the temperature in this town. We need to end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction; that politics is about clinging to rigid ideologies instead of building consensus around common sense ideas.

Nice sentiment, but raging infernos are hot. You may take the high road and “unlock” yourself, but I doubt they will do the same.

I’m irritated, pissy, and partisan tonight. Frankly, I’m tired of them punching you, and you taking it. Boxing is my favorite sport. You can not win by being solely a counter puncher. You have to get in there and start hitting, too. And for God’s sake, bob and weave. You’re in the match and are their opponent. Not their punching bag.

I loved what you said tonight, but I need to see some action. So man up, borrow Pelosi’s balls, and get in there. You’re in the final rounds. Make them count.

Love,
Spinny, still in your corner trying to get you to release your inner Cujo


21 responses to “Dear President Obama,

  • lbwoodgate

    Yes. More action, less words.

  • lobotero

    Sorry guys but those were the same things said in every SOTU in a different order….lies told to fools….

  • Snoring Dog Studio

    I’m with you all the way, Spinny. If you know you’re dealing with obstructionists you have no other recourse but to go around or through them – forcefully so. And I’m far less pessimistic than lobo here. Even Obama has his limits. Thanks for the great rundown on the speech.

  • Don in Massachusetts

    Instead of “State of the Union” it should be “State of the Mess” now fix it.

  • Sedate Me

    If there’s one word that sums up Obama to me, that word is “pussy”. The guy has a lot to offer, everything except a pair of testicles. And if there’s one thing America doesn’t like, it’s a pussy. Just look at the response to Newt Gingrinch. He’s a corrupt, narcissistic, hypocritical, asshole with bad ideas, but he’s going to ram them down your throat. Like the damn dirty apes we are, people tend to line up behind the male who appears the strongest, irregardless of their policies. Some refer to it as “leadership”.

    For the fans out there of HBO’s prison drama OZ, Obama has spent the last 3 years like Tobias Beecher on his first week in prison. The Republican Schillingers have been ruthlessly sodomizing him, putting elephant tattoos on his ass and making him wear make-up. He is their bitch.

    Obama’s got to start acting more like Adebisi. He’s got to stop being polite and bending over in the shower. He’s got to fight and fight dirty, if he has to. He’s got to start shanking some motherfuckers!

    But, even if he does, it’s probably far too late to make a difference.

  • Ric

    If he follows through on the tough talk, he could well walk away with the election and deliver a crushing blow to the Republican Tea Party (they’re one and same now). But if he reneges, if he wimps out again, if he starts ‘negotiating’ with the sleaze in the House, he’s likely dead meat walking. He needs to walk the halls, gun in hand, blowing off kneecaps.

    (Again, too much coffee for this late in the day. I need a keeper.)

  • Hansi

    I wanna see the Prez kick some conservative ass!

  • Sedate Me

    Yeah, Obama wants to give $3,000 to mortgage holders indentured servants by refinancing at today’s historically low rates. Gee, that suggestion comes not a moment too soon! Not that it’s going to happen anyway. I mean, it’s “socialism” right? We can’t have that in America!

    Here’s an idea. Why not let sub-prime rubes tap into the same program their victimizers can tap into when they are suffering a slight cash flow problem? In 2008 alone, they got $7.7 trillion in interest free money from The Fed. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-28/secret-fed-loans-undisclosed-to-congress-gave-banks-13-billion-in-income.html
    Supposedly, that was enough money to cover 10% of delinquent mortgages at the time.

    • Spinny Liberal

      “Socialist.” The new “S” word. I swear if you have any ideas that lean progressive or for the collective good, you might as well have a huge S written on you.

      • Sedate Me

        And you touch on a great metaphor. Having a giant S on your chest could make you Superman, but the S has been spun to be seen by everyone as a giant “scarlet letter”.

        What could have been Superman turned out to be a wussier version of Clark Kent, a guy too scared to change into Superman.

  • aFrankAngle

    I’m so pissed off at politics right now, I’m sorry to say that I didn’t watch. After all, Congress will continue do less than diddly squat … I guess that’s just squat.

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