This editorial’s conclusion in the WSJ made me sigh:
Mr. Obama will take office with an enormous amount of goodwill, but good feeling alone won’t bring lending and risk-taking back to the economy. Americans are waiting to see if their President-elect is going to be the class warrior he sometimes was in the campaign, or push a pro-growth agenda that can get cash off the sidelines and moderate the recession.
What the conservatives don’t seem to get, is that it is possible to be a “class warrior” and push a “pro-growth agenda.” The two are not mutually exclusive (see The New Deal). I am in “watch and wait” mode myself, but do not fear a populist agenda and would cheer it! Much will be telegraphed to us by Obama’s cabinet selections. We’ve got serious problems in this country, and they won’t be solved by one side screaming “Class Warfare” every time the policy doesn’t match their deregulatory delusions.
Right now, many commentators are urging Mr. Obama to think small. Some make the case on political grounds: America, they say, is still a conservative country, and voters will punish Democrats if they move to the left. Others say that the financial and economic crisis leaves no room for action on, say, health care reform.
Let’s hope that Mr. Obama has the good sense to ignore this advice.
I also hope he ignores Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid who are echoing the same sentiments. If change is indeed what this country voted for, and it’s my firm belief they did, then let’s roll our sleeves up and do it. Let’s start with Health Care and Infrastructure. Strike now, while the iron is hot, and let’s just get Single Payer done (Medicare for All). Fight for it Barack and I’ll have your back every inch of the way. It’s been my burning passion since I was twelve, and we’ve just got to get rid of employer provided health insurance. It’s a burden on the employer and an burden on the employee. And let’s put people back to work.
I think the National Service program is a nice idea, but our pressing needs are jobs, health care and Iraq. Let’s not skitter of in twelve different directions. Oh, and can we please bring back respect for science?
I’m in the same position as my friend who said to me the other night that she is hanging all her hopes on Obama doing the right thing. She, like me, opposed his election. But here we are. He is our next President. We’ve got a greater Democratic majority in the House than the Republicans ever did when they were shoving their ideology down our throats. It’s time to do some major housekeeping and get some good stuff done for the people of this country.
I don’t want Obama to fail.