Message from a life long democrat to a life long democrat that happens to be the President of the United States: Where in the HELL are you? As tragic as the BP oil spill is, as necessary as it was to fire McChrystal, as unimportant that it was for you to attend the G20 conference, you have reached a new low in ignoring 15 million unemployed members of your constituency. We are beat-up, homeless or about to be, and getting hungrier by each meal that is missed, and we are taking our families into this abyss with us while you stay annoyingly quiet hiding in the background. Where’s the Leadership? Where is the fire and brimstone from your bully pulpit chastising this travesty? Screw that. Where are the jobs you promised? Want to address deflationary pressures in the job market? It’s called to many workers chasing too few jobs. We’re not going down alone; we are going to take the rest of you with us!
While corporations sit on the highest level of cash reserves EVER, you say nothing about it. As they sit on the cash just waiting to gobble up the failed assets of the next competitor that goes out of business, you say nothing. Why should they create jobs? The economy is about to SHRINK as 1.2 then 1.4 then 1.6 then 1.8 then 2.0 MILLION people lose their last source of cash to pay mortgages or rent, utilities, food, medicine, internet access so they can look for jobs, etc. The next round of job losses will be staggering! All because you don’t have the courage to take on 37 terrorist Senators that say if they can’t have it their way they are going to take their ball and go home!
Leadership is not a trumpet call to self-importance. It is an opportunity to serve! Just who are you serving? I can tell you that there are a few million of us that are less than convinced that you hold us highly in your list of priorities. Your absence from center stage on this issue is blatantly obvious and exceptionally irritating. If not now, then when? After we fall out of the “official” unemployment figures so it “looks” like the economy is improving? After we become homeless and can’t get to the polls in November to get even with these 37 SOB’s? Do you honestly think your inactivity improves the Democratic Party’s mid-term election prognoses? Do you think that we will be soooooo pissed at the Republicans that we won’t remember anything about “the party that couldn’t get it done?” Can you say “third party candidates?”
Bi-partisanship died the minute the Democrats took office in January of 2009, but apparently you didn’t get the memo. If this last act of terrorism by Senate Republicans hasn’t convinced you of this, then I’m going to paraphrase a line out of West Wing, “Then Barack, I don’t even want to know ya!” Man up or resign. A leader with no followers is not a leader, they’re a loner, and we’re about to bail. So put down the fiddle, pick-up your fire extinguisher, walk into the fire, and for God’s sake let us know where you are, what you stand for, and what you intend to do about this situation!