What First 100 Days?

In my experience, the honeymoon never lasts as long as it should. I’m sure President Obama feels the same way right about now. Just 14 days in office and the Right Wing Chatterbox has taken over the airwaves in opposition to a stimulus package that is intended to help our damaged economy recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. Only in America.

I say that because, only in America would the media specifically seek out these nay-sayers, and the nay-sayers only, to put the kaibosh on a plan to help regular folks. Only in America would a group of far right ideologues be given a front and center platform to try, once again, to persuade the American people to turn against their common interest. Only in America, could the unsubstantiated claims of Millionaire Mitch McConnell, who has a vested interest in derailing Obama’s agenda, mean anything to the public discourse.

Seriously, it’s unbelievable.

I haven’t read the entire bill. Honestly, I don’t have that kind of time. But the reporting on it, some balanced, some swayed one way or the other, including this article that gives the appropriations breakdown tells me that there’s enough of what’s right in the current bill to counteract anything that’s wrong, no matter what Jim Cooper says (which he can’t seem to get straight).

So why are they so intent on the failure of this bill? Because they’ve lost power and will do anything to get it, even if it’s not all of it, back. That means following the Limbaugh Directive.

Is that what America wants? Did Americans show up in droves on and before Election Day in November to elect someone they want to fail? Well, that’s what the Republicans seem to want right now. They’re gunning to see him fail, and they don’t give a damn who it hurts, including you.

Go and read that USAToday article about how the money is spent. Before you pass judgement, think of the things that the money is going to:

  • Expanded unemployment and healthcare benefits, in the wake of 2.5m new unemployment claims in the past 6 months.

  • Increased education spending, to help municipalities suffering from drops in tax receipts, and students who are struggling to stay in college.

  • Infrastructure spending on new bridges, buildings, and the modernization of our energy grid.

  • Finally, $275b of tax cuts and credits that show up in your pocket every time you get a check.

Does this sound like waste? Does this sound like pork? Or does this sound like a plan to put money back in your pocket and people back to work?

Sounds like people going back to work to me boss.

It’s time to turn off the Right Wing Chatter boxes and nay-sayers like Millionaire Mitch. It’s time to start work on building a stronger America, with a stronger economy that puts you ahead of the millionaires that don’t need any help getting ahead.

Call our Tennessee Senators, and tell them that Americans need help now, and they should get to helping instead of just talking. Their phone numbers follow.

Lamar Alexander
(202) 224-4944

Bob Corker
202) 224-3344

When you’re done with them, give our nearby Democratic Senators a call, they may need some re-assurance:

Blanche Lincoln – AR
(202) 224-4843

Mark Pryor – AR
(202) 224-2353

Mary Landrieu –LA
(202) 224-5824

Claire McCaskill – MO
(202) 224-6154

Kay Hagan – NC
(202) 224-6342

Bill Nelson – FL
(202) 224-5274

If your Senator isn’t listed go here to get their contact information

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