We'll find out in the next few days whether Obama can listen to the rising criticism of his administration. Polls showed that 65% of U.S. citizens were against his socalled health care reform bill but he, his administration, and Democrats in Congress didn't listen and kept pushing this pro-corporate insurance bill the voters hated. In 2008 the major banks failed while in 2008-9 unemployment doubled from 8% to 17%. Polls showed that voters wanted serious regulation of Wall Street banks, wanted a serious jobs program, and wanted a serious progrom to help modify home loans keeping families in their homes. But Obama, his administration, and Democrats in Congress didn't listen and made no attempts to make serious Wall Street bank regulation nor to pass any serious jobs bill nor to pass any serious program to help those with forclosed mortgages.
The Obama administration in the last few months resembled LBJ's adminsitration ignoring the rising criticisms of the Vietnam War and only listening to their own pro-war echo chamber. The Obamas have been listening to their own echo chamber for their pro-corporation policies ignoring the rising criticism demanding change. Obama and the Democrats added insult to injury by not helping Americans keep their jobs and not helping Americans to keep their homes but were willing to pass a widely hated health care mandate forcing us to buy inferior corporate health care insurance.
Now after losing elections in Virginia and New Jersey Obama, the Democrats have lost again as Republican Scott Brown is elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusettes. We can all see if Obama has finally got the message.
In California a while back Governor Schwarzennegger put up a wildly unpopular series of propsitions for the voters to vote on . We voted them down. Then Schwarzennegger actually did change course. Policians, after losing elections, do change course. So can Obama?
That said, it's important for those who want serious reform and change in this country to work even harder to get it. I have already prposed a revived Civilian Conservation Corps with 3 million jobs. In Copenhagan environmentists suggest we should have plans in the U.S. for a 45% reduction in greenhosue gases. Economist Paul Krugman argues there's a whole non-regulated banking system which we should regulate. We should ask for a new law helping families who are foreclosed keep their homes. We should be making serious, detailed but easily comprehensible proposals of what kind of reforms we want. if we can't get single payer now, we should ask Congress to just expand Medicare to cover 45 million uninsured Americans.
We should make up a comprehensible detailed agenda of what kind of jobs program we want Congress to pass, what kind of Wall Street regulation we want Congress to pass, what kind of enivornmental program we want Congress to pass, what kind of national health bill we want Congress to pass. We should have national organizations in each state to push for each of these important changes. We should be dominating the agenda in Washington as the climate justice people on the streets did in December in Copenhagen climate change conference. Then we can see if Obama listens.
Causes Julia Stein Supports
Doctors Without Borders