Hey Barry, hi, how are you? Good, good, glad to hear it. Hey listen, that whole debate you did last week with those dastardly Republicans? Yeah, you totally sold us out. Just had to say it.
Us progressives have been waiting for the ‘angry black man’ to come out, but we’ve been sadly disappointed. The right keeps insisting that they see him, but you could expand gun rights in national parks, and they’d still say you’re coming for their guns.
Oh wait, that happened already, didn’t it? Well, here we are, I guess.
So now it’s $450k
You ran on a hardline of taxes going up for those over $250,000, but it was bumped up to $450,000. That’s ridiculous. It used to be the top 2.9%, but now it’s far less than 1%. Seriously? Can’t tax the rich, have to just stick to the super-rich? How many billions did you leave on the table?
But what about that stimulus package you proposed. What was it, something anemic like $50 billion? If that was your opening, you’re doing it wrong. You should have started with a trillion, to match what happened before. Then we could settle at a happy middle ground of $200 billion, far better than the zero we got.
Sure they watered down the first stimulus and took well over half of it in (non-stimulating) tax cuts, and stopped payment on much of the rest, but at least you went big. You didn’t go big this time. You started at pennies and you settled for no pennies. We need stimulus. We need your Jobs program.
No debt ceiling consideration?
Really? You put off the inevitable for what, like a week? Weak. You’re not asking America to spend more, but to honor the debts racked up by the Republican house and general bi-partisan combined houses. Restore my faith and mint a pair of trillion-dollar coins to stave it all off. Like you said, the economy of the world hangs in the balance. Screw this up and the world will look elsewhere for stability.
Your original offer was to allow the president unlimited authority to increase the debt ceiling as needed and you settled on… nothing? Oh come on Barry, that’s just sad. You couldn’t even get a trillion out of it?
No action on gun control
There is no better time to act. Now is exactly the time to flex your might and cash in your political chits… but there’s no action. What are you waiting for? Take a drastic step. The lives of tens of thousands of Americans hang in the balance. If you’re not interested in lives, consider it’s billions in tax revenue lost at the unfortunate end of a barrel.
And what’s with that bo-shat Obamacare?
What we wanted was single-payer. No? Okay, the give us a public option… still no? Then what do we get? Oh, a federal mandate to purchase insurance from the private market with virtually no cost controls in place. Yeah, that’s garbage.
I’m a small business owner, and this bill screws me.
You have the power. You don’t even need congress. You hold the pen. Just issue an executive order that lowers the medicare eligibility age to 0… done. The private sector can still fend for themselves, but they’ll obviously die in a year or two (one Tea Party company might survive a few years, assuming sufficient outrage from the Right,) but it will help everyone and immediately.
We don’t need a mandate, we need universal health care, and Obamacare doesn’t provide that. There’s still painfully little preventative care, zero cost-controls and job portability remains as elusive as ever.
So that’s how us progressive donors are feeling right about now. We wanted progress, not congress. Come through for us Barry O. We need someone like you. Or more accurately, someone like the hard-line right thinks you are.