We have been called "Obama haters", and we've been accused of "magical thinking" all the while when, I must remind those "name callers" that we were the very ones who canvassed, made calls, fund-raised, knocked on doors - sometimes in hostile neighborhoods and environments and registered voters for the historic campaign to elect our first Black President, and yes, what we thought at the time was our best Democratic hope.
We have been accused of ignorance of his record, and even of lying about and maligning the President, to what political, emotional or otherwise end, I cannot even begin to fathom.
So I wish to make it very clear that my frustration with the President stems primarily from the fact that I think his centrist/moderate Republican ideas are a) not only bad for me, the economy, for left wing ideas but also indeed for the country and b) also will cost him his re-election, cost us a loss down ticket as well and that will be definitely tragic for us all, cuz I honestly believe that Obama was elected at a historically opportune time with a mandate to provide new left wing ideas and I argue that he still indeed has time!
The President himself implied that we do not understand or care about deficits, when he stated, - and I paraphrase - that we "liberals ought to also be concerned about deficits" and I just want to point out that I am indeed concerned about deficits. I just happen to believe that the way to resolve the deficits is not through painful cuts to essential services especially at a time of such dire economic straits when the government needs to be the spender of last resort, but rather to end ALL of the Bush tax cuts and not just the upper level cuts for millionaires and billionaires as reversing these alone would not be enough. I argue for reversing all of the tax cuts because the extra one or two thousand going to the average American family simply cannot cover the cuts that the current tax cuts have resulted in.
We've been accused of not being capable of being pleased by anything that Obama would do or has done, and expecting or requiring that anything less than total socialism would make us happy, or god knows what, cuz I'm sure we are not all Socialists (I am just for the record).
That is not at all the case... Please follow me after the jump for a small list of practical proposals that I know would definitely make me happy and I believe many other of his critics, but also would re-motivate me and encourage me to work for and do all the same things I did for this President in '08.