POLITICAL observations & opinions

* if Obama fights the fight, and does not cave, he will win and so will America

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 22, 2011


the contest is fascinating ... and critical for our future


Robert Lifton writes in The Huffington Post (9/19/11) …

  • President Obama can win the election in 2012 by losing the fight to Republicans for his jobs bill and related tax measures.
  • If the Republicans were to defeat the American Jobs Act, presented by the president as a plan to save existing jobs and create new ones, then the upcoming presidential election will likely see the president identify the Republican candidate, whoever it may be, with the Republican Party and run against the Republican House and Senate members led by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
  • voters’ disapproval of the Republicans in Congress is far higher than the disapproval of the president.

a large part of the nation believes that creating jobs

should be a higher priority than cutting spending

and that a deficit reduction plan should include

a mix of tax increases and spending cuts.

  • the idea that getting “government out of the way to allow business to create jobs” does not sound like a convincing enough course of action in a nation that is frightened of the future and dubious of the country’s ability to create sufficient jobs.
  • clearly the Republicans will reject the key job creating programs — such as funding for state and local governments to prevent layoffs of certain groups of employees, funds for school construction, rehabilitation of homes and spending for infrastructure.

read the entire article at … http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-k-lifton/obama-jobs-act_b_970043.html



Lifton makes some excellent points. Everything, however, is contingent on Obama actually FIGHTING, and NOT CAVING to the Republicans or even some Democrats who have such affinity for low taxes on the wealthy. He must get into the fray and stay there, blaming the “Tea Party-Republican-know nothings” for any failures to act. The first test is right now, with the budget extension issue before 9/30.



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