President Obama to Speak To America
President Obama is set to take the stage in about two and a half hours. He’s gonna address the nation and discuss the economic conditions we find ourselves in.
What Obama Should Say:
The President should admit that the campaign just finished was brutal and divisive. Now is the time for us to come together and demonstrate that we are going to work together. He should take the mantle of leadership and declare that it is his responsibility to bring both sides to an agreement that both can live with.
The time for the rhetoric is over.
Further, Obama should admit that we are in trouble, deep trouble, and that we need to take a long hard look at our priorities. We can no longer continue to spend the money that we’re spending. Are their opportunities to increase the revenues coming into the federal coffers? Yes, yeah there are. But the true opportunity is to reduce the size of the government while at the same time make it more efficient.
At the same time Obama needs to acknowledge that the consequences of his health care legislation is having dramatic and immediate results. Full time staff are being reduced to part time. Others are simply being laid off. Obama should detail his plans to meet with business leaders, REAL plans to meet with and enact their ideas, to encourage companies to grow and hire.
What Obama Will Say:
Obama is going to take the stage this afternoon and call on republicans, and of course democrats, to compromise. He is going to reiterate that now is not the time for partisan bickering and party ideology. There was a time for that and it played out in the recent elections. Obama is going to claim a mandate and that mandate is that we need to raise taxes on the wealthiest among us that they be sure to pay their fair share.
The President will remark that we are facing an economy that is growing; albeit barely. And that we cannot risk pushing it into recession due to an unwillingness to compromise. We need to reduce the deficit and work on balancing the budget. And to do that, some among us are going to have to sacrifice while expanding programs that create jobs; infrastructure programs, early education programs and green energy that will produce jobs here in America.
The speech will be high on rhetoric, calls for bipartisanship and new beginnings. But it will be weak on details and substance. And there will be precious little in terms of the democrat’s willingness to act in a bipartisan manner.