An Open Letter to Sec. Clinton and a Serious Warning

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Let’s all be realistic and look at what’s going on right now in politics and the presidential election. Sec. Clinton will win and be the first female president of the United States. This is a huge accomplishment and a well deserved historic and congratulatory moment in our history.

Sec. Clinton I beg you to take the anger in the country seriously. We saw extreme anger on the left, which led to the huge success of Bernie Sanders. We also saw it on the right with the even more hugely success of Donald Trump.

This anger cannot and must not be ignored.

If you do get to the Oval Office your first main priority must be to understand and deal with the anger that is going on. Ignoring it won’t make it go away; it will just make people even more angry.

What do I think you should focus on immediately?

  • The economy. As your husbands advisor James Carville said “It’s the economy, stupid.” That was true back then and it’s even more true today. There are tens of millions of people who can’t find a job, can’t find a job that can support their family and many millions who have given up.
  • The lackluster/failing economy is what fuels most people’s anger. People can’t find jobs, can’t get ahead and justifiably are very angry about that. You’re first priority is to get a job creation bill going. Not just for ‘infrastructure’ but also for all jobs. Young people can’t find employment and neither can people over 45. This must immediately be addressed.
  • Don’t make the mistake of the Obama administration of flaunting all of the job creation. Everyone knows that the jobs created are subpar and have not helped the economy grow. Under GWBush the economy was growing at over 5%; Obama’s average is under 2%. That can’t continue.
  • Another thing I think people are very angry about is the complete lack of faith in the government. You must try to make the government work for people. All everyday Americans see are politicians who earn way more than they do, do nothing all day but block bills. That makes people furious and not want to participate in the voting process because, does it make a difference?
  • You can prove it does make a difference.

Bernie Sanders is correct in many of his views about how dysfunctional our government actually is. He does not give many details about how to change it, that will fall on you Sec. Clinton.

The anger, the income inequality, the corporate greed at the expense of the people are going to explode. You, as our hopeful next POTUS, need to put these issues front and center to start changing them.

Lip service won’t work, we have a public that is about to explode in their anger. You need to not only acknowledge the anger of the people and accept responsibility for the governments role in it but you must address and work to fix the issues.

Now is the time to leave no one behind. Now is the time to address the public anger. It is critical that you do this as the anger is so high on both sides of the aisle.

Sec. Clinton, I know you can do this as long as you focus on the immediate priorities. Call me, I have many ideas to fix things.

Prove people wrong, you aren’t a corporate owned politician and that you have the peoples best interest at heart.

You can rise higher than anyone would have guessed or not. Your choice

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Flashing Red Lights and Sirens Should be Going off for Dems

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A beggar is seen with her child on a street in central Athens December 1, 2010. Greek Minister of Labour Louka Katseli said in a conference on Monday November 29, that one in every five Greeks live under the poverty line. According to the European Commission data, 21 percent of Greeks (2.2 million people) survive on an income below the threshold of 60 percent of the national median income. Greece and Ireland have the highest poverty rate in the 15-member EU, while Sweden has the lowest at nine percent. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE – Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS POLITICS) – RTXV9Z8

Democrats need to stop bickering over Hillary and Bernie and need to pay serious attention to what is going on today in our economy. Just about every single business news outlet, from The Wall Street Journal to CNNMoney, have been warning of another recession about to hit the US economy.

Many might find that striking news because 99% of the country has not recovered from the crash and Great Recession/Depression of 2008. But, the fact that things could get worse, considerably worse, is something Dems need to pay very close attention to.

“It’s the economy, stupid” is still true. If continued bad times happen and deteriorate the country will look for a change. This change is very likely to be which party controls the White House.

The US stock market has been plunging since December of 2015. The Nasdaq, which took 15 years to recover from the dot com bubble, is now down about 20%. Consumer confidence is down. Consumer spending is down. According to the Journal, most economic indicators point to a global slow down, volatile 2016 and a recession in the United States.

One can very easily debate if this would be a new recession or a complete replay of the Great Depression.

Either way, politically this is a disaster for the two Democratic presidential candidates. I will repeat, bad economic times makes people want change. That change could be disastrous with a “President Trump” or even worse a “President Cruz.”

It is time for president Obama to start pushing hard for a stimulus, job growth proposals and other ways of boosting the economy. Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders need to be standing behind him and pushing him, the congress and the country hard for this relief. First for the benefit of the country and second for the benefit of the future. We need one of them to be the next POTUS, no questions asked.

If the economy is doing poorly in the fall neither one of them has a chance to win. The GOP will just make matters worse for every day citizens and the overall economy.

The ‘happy dance’ needs to end. All the talk of how well we have recovered, the enormous job gains we’ve had need to stop. There is a reason the majority of Americans think we still are in a recession. There is a reason why there are more people on government assistance than ever in our country’s history. There is a reason why the people in the workforce is at a 40 year low. There are severe consequences of having an economy that grows at under 2%.

It’s time to deal with facts. We need to create and strongly push for new plans for job creation, increased wages and increased GDP.

Senator Sanders has done a better job in outlining the problems in the US economy, now is the time he needs to  try to make things happen. Sec. Clinton is much stronger on foreign policy, but it is also time for her to speak up and demand help for the people.

Pretending everything is going great is a very foolish strategy. The abysmal place the economy is in now and the thought of it getting worse will be crippling for the American public.

It will also guarantee us a Republican President in 2017.

Does Anyone Listen to the Entire Story, Or Just What You Want To Hear?

IMG_2182To me it seems like most people listen only to the headline, or the headline they want to hear and not the entire story. Not the background behind the story and what can be done in the future to improve things for the American people.

Right now I am specifically talking about the economy of the United States. I see so many people posting how far we have come, how good things are, all because of President Obama. To me, this is overkill. If people felt good about the current state of the economy there would be no need to post accomplishments every 15 minutes.

I, for one, hope the latest round of statistics are true. That the U.S. is on solid footing to finally recover from the devastating crash of 2008. That crash was, according to The Wall Street Journal, worse than the crash from the the Great Depression in the 1920/1930s. That is in itself is almost impossible to imagine. But, it’s true.

The relentless posturing from the Left about how spectacular the recovery has been is not only out of touch it’s incorrect. Like I said, if everything was great, no one would have to say it.

You have to look deeper. You can’t listen to the talking points and not do more research. Yes, we have had unprecedented job creation. But, you need to ask what kind of jobs were created? What kind of salary do those jobs have? Are they full or part time jobs? If you don’t ask and know the answers to these questions, you really don’t know what is going on in the economy.

Unfortunately, up until now, the jobs created are low paying and part time jobs. That doesn’t help the average person. The ‘unprecedented’ growth and economic boom has almost entirely gone to the top 1% of the Country. This also does not help the average person trying to get by.

Why does everyone make this about President Obama? In general, job growth and the economy have very little to do with a sitting president. Yes, things seem to have improved since Mr. Obama was sworn into office in 2009, but you have to ask yourself why things have improved. And whom they improved for. That’s the key.

Seventy percent of the Country is unhappy and wants a change in direction for the future. This is not good news for any Democrats nor president Obama. So, rather than bragging about how different things are today from 2009 we must see to, and make sure that the gains go to the right people.

I have always been against any kind of wealth distribution. I don’t think it’s right or part of the American values. However, I do believe that those who have been more fortunate should pay a larger share in taxes. Yes, if your income was in the 7 or 10 figure category part of it should be taxed at 90%.

We need to make sure everyone prospers from good economic news and real life figures. It helps no one if our GDP is 5% but the bulk majority of the gains go to billionaires. You need the working people to earn more. That will actually drive and stimulate the economy. Our GDP comes 70% from consumer spending. If consumers aren’t spending, the economy isn’t growing and no new jobs will be created.

My biggest hope for 2015 is that the current economic numbers continue to grow. Instead of bragging about President Obama’s accomplishments, I’d rather see people, policy makers, future politicians, focus on how we can continue to have a thriving middle class. I want to hear ideas, proposals and solutions. Saying the stock market doubled is very unimpressive for anyone that knows about finances. When the market dropped in half most knew it would recover. Many made a fortune knowing what would happen.

We are at a crossroads now. We can either rest on the laurels of President Obama and let someone from the GOP swoop in and take the White House. Or, we can stop the happy talk and find some one who will take all of the country forward to a prosperous and enlightened future.

It’s our choice. Speak the truth and make a plan for better days; or watch someone in the GOP do it.