Monday, August 17, 2009

Not being George W. Bush is not enough!

Now, I do recommend being more articulate than I was. But if they want my opinion, by God, I'm going to give it to them.

My letter to the White House this evening:
Dear Mr. President:

I want to be sure that a STRONG PUBLIC OPTION is central to any reform that takes place. Without it you are playing with window dressing and it would be better to do nothing than saddle us with coops or some other benefit to the insurance industry.

Fight for the people who elected you and stop being so appeasing toward those who will oppose you to the last breath.

Frankly, I am disgusted by the weak message coming from the White House. It's past time go LBJ on Congress, twist some arms, and make public option happen. It is not just one piece, it is central and the Democratic Party will lose big if we do not make it happen.

Stop coddling the Blue Dogs! Stop letting Senator Baucus bully the entire nation. If Chuck Grassley is going to foster lies and fear in public we should NOT be listening to him.

We cannot afford to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It is time for the White House to be more decisive, exercise leadership, be clear, point the way, and kick some rears. I know you can do this with class, but please do it.

I realize I am rattling on at this point but my feelings are very strong and my sense of disappointment, disgust, and anger is rising every day. Not being George W. Bush is not enough. We need progress in caring for the health of the American People. If you back off on a strong public option I, and many progressives, will lose the hope that inspired us last fall.

You know that the 20% on the far right will always be angry with you. Why alienate the entire progressive wing of this nation?

Thank you!

You can give them your piece of mind too.

--the BB


Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Preach it brother!

Kathleen said...

Right on Paul!