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REPUBLICANS: Obama can’t stand up to greed

Letter by Earl D. Erickson, Tacoma on Dec. 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm | 47 Comments »
December 23, 2010 2:20 pm

Whether the social issue is about health care reform, social security, minimum wage, Medicare, Medicaid, immigration reform, gay rights or racial discrimination, the Democrats are there to help.

These socialized programs were founded by Democratic presidents and leaders. The premise is simple – compassion, caring for people. The Republican agenda is privatizing these programs into corporations. They have succeeded with shipping jobs overseas, monopolizing and manipulating Wall Street, condemning union workers, and falsifying the truth. Their success is greed.

For example, the Republicans have embraced the Bush tax cuts with lies that they will create jobs when they mostly create wealthier millionaires and billionaires. President Obama failed to step up to the bully pulpit and show leadership to defeat these taxes or let them expire.

President Obama’s quest for a second term is over. His repeated compromises with the Republicans have lost him the base that helped him get elected. His olive branch has been beaten and battered in the past. For a matter of fact, it has been D.O.A. all along.

He is incapable of jabbing thorns into the conservative side. He has become a loser. He needs an FDR moment. He needs to make the late, great, Sen. Ted Kennedy, who endorsed and supported him, proud in his memory. Kennedy’s words: “When does the greed stop? What is it that drives you Republicans crazy?

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