Friday, August 13, 2010

Mr Gibbs, You don't get it

Per one of the news channels: "Gibbs was airing the White House's long-term frustration over what they consider to be unreasonable criticism from the left. For example, they still find it hard to believe that the president defied the odds -- after a century of effort by health reformers -- by passing health care reform, and some on the left still focus on the failure to pass single-payer, or least a public option."

We're happy you all achieved what you did, we're disappointed that you didn't even try for a single payer system.

When you start negotiating from the middle, you aren't going to end up there.

And there are a plethora of issues where the President seems to buy into the idea that private corporations are well suited to the task of leading public governance.

They aren't - Corporations can do great stuff, running a country isn't one of them.

There is no "inc" in "We the People" or "of the people, by the people and for the people."

Dear President Obama - Please Reset Your Direction

Dear President Obama:

Yesterday you sent me an email and asked me, as a supporter of yours in the past, to commit to vote this fall.

I would be happy to commit to vote, but only if you, as president, will (i) commit to the principles of the Democratic party and (ii) commit to fighting for those principles and against the corporatism to which you have been far too accommodating.

There is no "inc" in "We the People" or "of the people, by the people for the people."

Corporations do many fine things. As an attorney and constitutional scholar, however, you of all people should understand that the goals of maximizing profits for a small private group of shareholders is a completely different set of values than those needed to run our government.

Corporate goals are, quite properly, private goals; they are ill-fitted to the public concerns of government.

"Of the people, by he people, for the people;" not "of the shareholders, by the employees, for the shareholders."

I beseech you: join with President Lincoln's resolve that " that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

By the way, I am a liberal, but I am not of "the professional left." Whoever is advising you to show such disrespect to erstwhile supporters (who wish to continue to support you but see little reason to do so) is serving you badly.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Take Back Our Government -Again!

Corporations are essential to our economy and have done many fine things.

But, by law, a corporation is "Of the shareholders, by the employees, for the shareholders."

It strikes me as strange that anyone would think that such a legally mandated focus on one group of people would lead to good public governance for all of the people.

There is no "inc" in "We the People" or in "Of the people, by the people and for the people."