UPDATE: I hadn’t realized it before but the author of this op-ed piece is Obama’s Campign Manager. My hope for next November just went up.
In 2006 and 2008, voters sent an unmistakable message: We want decisive change. This was not just a change of political parties. Instead of a government that works for the entitled and special interests, a government that looks out for Wall Street, they wanted a government that works better for them, a government that plays the role it should to help foster the security of the middle class.
Well we certainly don’t want Congress selling out to special interests, do we? So let’s see what the Washington Post thinks we should do about that.
Pass a meaningful health insurance reform package without delay
So that means no taxes on labor unions, $300 million to Louisiana taxpayers and $100 million to North Dakota residents. Got it. Oh yeah, the drug companies and insurance folks make out like bandits under ObamaCare too.
– We need to show that we not just are focused on jobs but also create them. Even without a difficult fiscal situation, the government can have only so much direct impact on job creation, on top of the millions of jobs created by the president’s early efforts to restart the economy.
You may not have noticed those millions of jobs Obama created and the soaring unemployment rates didn’t either, but the point is, he wanted to create new jobs, and isn’t that what really matters?
– “Change” is not just about policies. In 2006, Democrats promised to drain the swamp and won back Congress largely because the American people soured on corrupt Republican leadership. Many ethics reforms were put in place by the Democrats. But a recent Gallup poll showed that a record 55 percent of Americans think members of Congress have low ethics, up from only 21 percent in 2000. In particular, we have to make sure the freshman and sophomore members of the House who won in part on transparency and reform issues can show they are delivering. The Republicans will suggest they have changed their spots, but the GOP cannot hold a candle to us on reform issues. Let’s make sure we own this space.
Ah, Charles Rangel? Chris Dodd? Tom Murtha? Robert Byrd? Every single cabinet official who turns out not to have paid taxes? Secret negotiatins on ObamCare after promising to televise them on CSpan? Just saying.
– Don’t accept any lectures on spending. The GOP took us from a $236 billion surplus when President Bush took office to a $1.3 trillion deficit, with unpaid-for tax cuts for the wealthy, two wars and the Medicare prescription drug program.
The Medicare prescription bill was indeed a fiasco, passed by a vote of 76-21 in the Senate. But let’s not look at what came next, under Obama: