Put Pressure on Congress To Do The Right Thing

President Obama used his bully pulpit to address the nation and his opponents

The strongest statement Obama made last night in making the argument for  his”balanced approach” that would include tax increases for the wealthy was using a quote from a GOP legend Ronald Reagan who asked during his presidency: “Would you rather reduce deficits and interest rates by raising revenue from those who are not now paying their fair share or would you rather accept larger budget deficits, higher interest rates, and higher unemployment?  And I think I know your answer.” The debt ceiling was raised 18 times when Reagan was in office.

Bottom line: Political gamesmanship has no place in today’s discourse, especially with so much at stake. Yes, the debt debate is crucial but the American people want to hear about jobs. If you put people to work, the government generates more revenue period. Making severe cuts at this point in a tepid recovery would bring more uncertainty and unemployment — a point stressed by several renown economists and business leaders. There’s no evidence, as Boehner stated, that spending cuts will fuel job creation.

In a previous blog, “What the Debt Ceiling Means to Your Financial Future,” I advocated for all of you to reach out to your congressional representatives as the president voiced last night. We have no choice but to pressure those in Washington to act responsibly and fight to protect our financial well-being. We should use the hours we spend tweeting to further galvanize our friends, acquaintances and contacts around this pressing issue. This activism should extend to election time as well.

As evidenced by the spectacle in the Beltway, it’s up to us to demonstrate that politics and partisanship must take a backseat to pragmatism and people.

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  • Gaye

    I think the republican need to get with the program at hand which is to help this country call United States get back on it’s feet, and stop this madness. Think of the people and not yourselves. After all Bush took eight years to mess up the nation and you the Republican were by his side every step of the way. So for once in your life try to get with President Obama and help him make this work for all of us.

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  • Erol

    . In order to hold the highest ofifce in the land (Presidency), you must be a Natural Born American. He is an American, and I could question that, but he is not a Natural Born American. In order for him to be that, BOTH HIS PARENTS AT THE TIME OF HIS BIRTH WOULD HAVE NEEDED TO BE BOTH AMERICAN CITIZENS, and they were not. Is our Constitution wrong? or are we just not paying attention to it any longer?He could even because his father was African, he maybe could have dual-citizenship.But no matter what, no matter how you look at it, he is not a Natural Born American.