There's more to economic recovery than "saving the country from a depression" by bailing out the banks and Wall Street. Those folks are now living high on the hog while the rest of us are still in a recession and the unemployed are in a depression. Visit my Listen Here! page to start chanting - Where's My New Deal?
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Step 1 - When making your campaign promises, be honest, don't over commit! During your campaign, let everyone know that you are only going to make campaign promises you know that you can actually fulfill. After you are elected, tell your supporters that you can't do it alone, you need their help to keep pressure on other elected officials to help you fulfill your promises. Set up a mechanism to keep the lines of communications open with your supporters.
Step 2 - Destroy the lie machine! Once you are elected, your first objective should be to get legislation enacted that empowers the FCC to enforce political false advertising regulations. False advertising is NOT free speech. The FTC is empowered to prosecute people or companies that make false claims about products, political false advertising by surreptitiously financed special interest groups is a far more serious offense that undermines our democracy!
Step 3 - To avoid a conflict of interest, when selecting your appointees, don't appoint someone who was or is a CEO or higher up in the industry they are supposed to regulate. See step 4.
Step 4 - Don't be afraid to appoint experienced highly skilled ordinary employees because they are the ones who really know how their industry operates and will be more objective, i.e. a Broadcast Engineer to the FCC for broadcast technical issues or a Broadcast Journalist for news content and fairness issues or an Airline Pilot or Air Traffic Controller to the FAA, etc.
Step 5 - Even though it's a tall order, you must do more to put a firewall between our elected officials and corporate lobbyists. Give the voter preferential access, not wealthy corporations.
Step 6 - Don't bite the hand that feeds you! If unions and their members worked hard for you and put their faith in you, don't tell them that you've got their backs during your campaign, then give them little more than lip service after you are elected. If idealistic progressives worked hard for you and put their faith in you, don't tout great, transformative social reform like health care during your campaign, then allow key elements of the plan to be compromised away without much of a fight after you are elected.
Step 7 - Don't hide behind your advisors! Assume that the public will consider any statement on any issue made by members of your cabinet or any close advisor to be reflective of your official policy. Two good examples of that are: Rahm Emmanuel's reported blurting out of "Fuck the UAW" sends the wrong message to union members. The Robert Gibbs "Professional Left" comment seems to say, thanks suckers, we have no further need for you now. You're an adult, take full responsibility for the people who are YOUR choices. You should be saying, "the buck stops here"!
Step 8 - Don't try to be all things to all people! When you try to be everything to everyone, you wind up being nothing to everyone. You have to focus on the people who supported you and helped you to win the election. The empty phrase, "I am Everyone's President, Governor, Mayor really means that you have no loyalty to the people who helped you the most.
Step 9 - Bipartisanship doesn't work in this day and age because - THE OTHER PARTY DOESN'T WANT YOU TO SUCCEED!!! If you can't understand something as obvious as that, we must assume that there are other, less honorable motives for that "bipartisanship"
Step 10 - Above all else, don't campaign against your predecessor's record then continue many of his programs and policies after you are elected. Voters will doubt your judgment, your ethics or both.
I think the new TSA "enhanced pat-downs" and invasive body scans ARE demeaning, UN-AMERICAN invasions of privacy! They are a symptom of the throw everything at the problem approach to security which may or may not make us more secure, but will definitely make our country have some of the trappings of a totalitarian nation.
When you see the very essence of what it means to be an American changing right before your eyes, you have make some quick Monday morning quarterback judgment calls on how our country got to where we are today. I feel that President Obama has made some God awful appointments to his cabinet, many of whom are just extensions of the Bush administration. One glaring example of Presidential poor judgement was his appointment of Janet Napolitano, a political appointee as the head of The Department of Homeland Security! Her background as a Governor and State Attorney General doesn't maker her a law enforcement expert. Wouldn't appointing law enforcement genius and former Los Angeles Chief of Police, New York City Police Commissioner and Boston Police Commissioner, William J. Bratton to the top position of DHS have been a better choice?
When you think of a monopoly, your head may be filled with visions of heavy industry and the robber barons of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century or the pre-deregulation (one of the few times that deregulation worked for us) telephone company. Perhaps you are getting visions of Theodore Roosevelt going after those monopolies. One thing almost everyone but the most rabid corporatist can agree on is that monopolies hurt the consumer by stifling competition and eliminating possibilities.
Our two party system has spawned a virtual one party system, otherwise known as a monopoly. Although both parties seem to be elected by "we the people", the Republicans champion the cause of multi-national corporations, "free" traitors uh, I mean "free" traders and union busters. Those entities didn't elect them, but seem to have their undying and unified loyalty. Guess why?? The Democrats profess to being the voice of working people, the middle class and the poor, but are a house divided and constantly offer unrequited "bipartisanship" to the Republicans.
I voted for Democratic candidates because as a middle class, pro-union voter, they were the classic lesser of two evils. We have reached the point that their compromise with the Republicans seems to be more like capitulation. Democratic politicians, please listen closely, WHEN YOU COMPROMISE WITH THE REPUBLICANS ON ISSUES THAT ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE HEALTH, LIFE AND SAFETY OF THE VERY VOTERS WHO PUT YOU IN OFFICE, YOU BECOME AN EXTENSION OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THEIR AGENDA! To sum it up, our "two" party system consists of one party that has a pro big business, pro big money agenda and a party that has become a dysfunctional crew of Republican enablers and yes men, in other words we have a virtual one party MONOPOLY!
Some of you might say that we have many political parties, however those are either regional parties or sadly, parties that haven't made much of an impact on the American scene and for various reasons not of their making, under financing for one, haven't been taken seriously. The quickest cure to America's problems is to have a viable third party that represents "we the people". Although some people say that's the Tea Party, I believe that it is really a corporate spawned feeder party for the Republicans.
Don't get me wrong, the system has many built in barriers that can hinder any national party other than the Republicans or Democrats. I'm going to let you Google the phases "third party" or "third political party" so you can see all the gory details for yourself.
To give people real options, we need a viable third, fourth and even fifth national party! Let a thousand parties bloom so we can truly be free!
After the Republican victories of 2010, many Democratic politicians seem to think that voters want them to be more like Republicans, they don't, they just want results! The Democratic Party's performance over the past year and three quarters was hobbled by constant, unrequited bipartisanship.
Tell the Democrats that it's time to man up and prepare to become the new party of no by visiting my Listen Here! page.
Hi DNC, Not feeling too good today, are you? Sort of a political hangover this morning? I'll bet you're wondering how the Republicans made such inroads and did so well yesterday? The answer is that YOU have sent a mixed message to the people who voted for and supported YOUR candidates!
During YOUR feel good campaigns of 2008, the word change was bandied around everywhere. Many campaign promises were made and one by one, the legislative fulfillment of each one was diluted by a dysfunctional Party, burdened with fifth columnist Blue Dogs and and futile attempts at bipartisanship.
The truth of the matter is that real change hasn't taken place in the past year and three quarters, just the appearance of change. We had the promise of health care reform but got reform in name only, with most of the major parts of the bill starting in 2014. That gave the Republicans plenty of opportunity to spread rumors about health care reform. We had empty rhetoric about jobs going overseas, but NO substantive legislation to stop it. Unions are major supporters of the Party, but no Employee Free Choice Act. That allowed the corporate backed Tea Party to pretend to be populist and get a following.
The bank bailouts that Bush started and YOUR administration continued gave the impression that it cares about big money interests and ignores the little guy. Setting up a bipartisan deficit commission was a nice touch that was sure to scare America's seniors into voting Republican. Translation, the losses at the polls were partially self inflicted.
Your most ardent, core supporters, progressives and unions are somewhat to the left of center, yet many of your people seem to be centrists or even mini Republicans. With the newly elected Republican majority in Congress, I have the feeling that your people will make more futile attempts at "can we get along" bipartisanship. That would be a serious mistake on your part because if you can get along with the Republicans, you will probably be at cross purposes with the interests of working people.
The corporate backed Tea Party seems to have done wonders for the Republicans as their candidates have been incorporated into the fold. You can expect to see a a truly populist pro labor, pro middle class party spring up out of nowhere that will keep you honest and may challenge your candidates in 2012.
Have you noticed that there's no one on Talk Radio who speaks for John and Jane Q. Public? I want to change that situation. When I go into the studio and get on the air, I say the things that you've always wanted to say. The big corporate interests have their lobbyists, I want to be your voice. Just think of me as your guy fighting for your interests.
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