The Moment for Leadership is Here, Obama
So chatting it up with some insider types, this is what I've been told: Obama has the opportunity, right now, to act and determine the future re: this bailout stuff. If he goes along with the current plan, I'm told Senate Dems will follow along; if he doesn't they won't either.
It's more than obvious to anyone reading this blog that the current plan is little more than giving free money to the very people who fucked everything up in the first place and sticking taxpayers with the bill. It's really that simple, and no amount of propaganda is going to change that. What may not be obvious to Dem Villagers and the Obama camp: *everyone* down here in Little People Land hates this plan. And why shouldn't we? We're told things like SCHIP and universal health care are "too expensive," but gosh look how fast our leaderz can propose a way to spend several trillion dollars to help their buddies on Wall St. No, as uninformed and out of the loop as average Americans may or may not be, we can smell shit when we're told to eat it. And we're saying: No.
If you work for Obama, or any Dem campaign right now, if you've written checks or done phone banking or just like to use your email program, let them know. No. This bill is unacceptable. No. It must not be allowed to pass in its current form. No. It's not going to make anything better and will likely make things worse. No, no no no no.
This is a much more crucial moment than perhaps many realize, and it's important for Obama to live up to this first, critically important test as head of the Democratic party. Just say no, Mr. Obama. No.